Stay Gold

Mar 24, 2013 View Comments by

One of my all time favorite poems is “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost. I’ll admit I know it by heart because of the movie The Outsiders in which it figures prominently. As much as I love the poem I think I love the song “Stay Gold” by Stevie Wonder even more. As I understand the […]

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Thank You For Not Waving

Feb 28, 2013 View Comments by

“Thank you for not waving,” those were the words that popped into my head as I passed a rider heading north as I descended into Taos, NM. You just saved my life. Perhaps mom was right; maybe two eyes on the road and both hands on the handlebars are words to live by. You, my […]

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Wall Of Death

Feb 10, 2013 View Comments by

“On the wall of death all the world is far from me, on the wall of death it’s the nearest to being free.” – Richard Thompson. Richard and Linda Thompson’s final album Shoot Out the Lights (1982) contained a song called Wall of Death which I first heard performed by Nanci Griffith. Every time I hear it motorcycling always […]

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Watching Louie

Jan 06, 2013 View Comments by

Tonight I’m watching an episode of Louie, one of my favorite shows. In a few episodes he can be seen riding a Triumph Bonneville. This is a holiday episode in which Louie buys his daughter the doll she wanted, only to discover that its eyes had become dislodged and were missing. A hilarious montage follows […]

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Remember Beginnings

Dec 25, 2012 View Comments by

Do you ever sit back and think about how important things begin? Maybe it’s watching your son or daughter walk across a stage and receive a diploma that makes you think about when they were first learning to walk. Maybe a sidelong glance across the room at your spouse reminds you of that fateful first […]

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Soothed Through Movement

Dec 09, 2012 View Comments by

When my daughter was little, maybe six or seven, I took her outside on a summer night and we climbed a ladder up to the roof of our house to look at the moon and stars. I’ll never forget it; she looked at me with wide eyes and said, “are we allowed to?” I said, […]

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There and Back Again

Nov 22, 2012 View Comments by

The title for this post just came to me one day last week while I was writing in a coffee shop. I realized only later that it was part of the original title to The Hobbit, one of my favorite books. It’s hard to believe that Tolkien published it as long ago as 1937. Another favorite, […]

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These Are The Days

Nov 11, 2012 View Comments by

Today is Election Day, or rather, I’m writing this on Election Day. It is actually most likely Sunday and the results are in by now. I vote in a one-room schoolhouse in Lower Saucon Township in Pennsylvania complete with smiling ladies with colorful scarves and three little voting booths (the old school kind with the […]

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A Ride in June

Jul 01, 2012 View Comments by

Last week I had a short workday and decided to call my mother to see if she was up for some company; which, lucky for me, she was. “I’ll put the coffee on”, she said. My parents live in the shadow of the Pocono Mountains in southeastern Pennsylvania. There are a dozen ways to get […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Staying Alert on Familiar Ground

Apr 01, 2012 View Comments by

My commute is 40-45 miles one way, which is about an hour on a good day. I’m fortunate in that the ride is varied in terms of terrain and traffic, with a mix of country roads, highways, and some city riding. I’ve ridden it so many times that I’ve taken to naming different parts of […]

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To Feel Strong

Mar 28, 2012 View Comments by

I am a huge fan of mountain climber and author Jon Krakauer. He is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild and Into Thin Air (the thrilling first hand account of the Everest tragedy of 1996). Into the Wild, which he wrote in 1996, was made into a film in 2007, and has one […]

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