Business Ideas & Thoughts

A Day of Skiing the Uintah Mountains

Only a few small clouds dotted the sky and the landscape was covered in white as I descended into a see of powdery fluff. Still learning to ski the soft stuff, I enjoyed every turn nonetheless. Skiing off of a peak that rises up nearly 11,000 feet in the Uintah...

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The Power of Wild Spaces

As I walk alone, my thoughts find a gentleness as the breeze that blows around me. I experience a soothing calm that is enriched by being in the moment. I have found tranquility. This is the feeling that I long for when I step outside. It is this moment that got me up...

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Why I Write

Growing up I always teetered on creativity. I loved to draw and doodle. I never put much of a focus on it so I never became an artist. I just loved to have a pen in my hands. I loved creative writing, but I hated being forced to write for an assignment. When I had a...

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The Value of Brand Influencers

We all know how valuable our sales team is. They are the ones out there pounding the pavement, meeting with buyers, influencing purchasing decisions, educating the retailers, and making sure our product is seen on the shelves. We know how important our e-commerce...

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A Fishing Weekend

Wow! What a weekend! It was so great to get away for a couple of days. I needed this recharge. Thursday night, I headed up to meet Brian Beckstead for an early morning. I was going to sleep in a hammock, but because there were no trees it made that pretty impossible....

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Visiting Multnomah Falls

What's a trip to Portland and the Columbia Gorge with Multnomah Falls?  These falls aren't the largest or widest, but they certainly are iconic. The view from the highway is good, but it is worth fighting the crowds to see it from the base and the bridge. If you're...

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Running Olympic National Park

I am an adventure runner. While working expos and talking with interested customers with Altra I would often here the response, "Oh, I'm not a runner." I'd then ask how much they do run and I'd hear, "oh, only a few miles 2-3 times a week." I consider that a runner...

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Lopez Island

Since we've been married my wife has told me of this place on the Puget Sound that she visited once in her youth. She always made it sound magical. I wasn't sure what stood out to her more, the trip up and back or the stay on the island. Well, we just rediscovered...

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