Today’s Lessons Learned

Today's Lessons Learned
After a long day of riding here’s what I’ve come home with: 1. even if it’s below freezing, once the sun comes up the trails will be muddy 2. if you have wet wood, it doesn’t matter how much lighter fluid and how many paper towels you use, all you’ll get is burnt fingers, smokey ...

Kiva, Microloans and Helping Women Around the World

Kiva, Microloans and Helping Women Around the World
Kiva is a site that encourages you to “empower people around the world with a $25 loan”.  They identify individual and groups that need access to microloans in order to grow food, create commerce and provide for their families in areas where they wouldn’t otherwise have access to borrow money to start their businesses. What I ...

Getting in Shape: Insanity! The hardest workout ever put on DVD!?!

Getting in Shape: Insanity! The hardest workout ever put on DVD!?!
This year I did pretty good. Despite the fact that I had multiple bouts of the flu/cold/upper respiratory plague that began with my trip to France and found me again and again this winter, I managed to only gain an extra 5lbs. Typically I gain around 10 pounds over the holiday seasons, and after my ...

Good Cheap Art

Good Cheap Art
I love art, but it can be expensive.  I wanted to add some wall art to my house at an affordable price so here are a few ideas that I tried and the results turned out even better than I had hoped: 1. Throw a painting party Not sure what to do on a weekend ...

I’m Riding for the Feast!

I love, love, love to ride bicycles.  However, I’ve never ridden more than 30 miles. So perhaps it’s a little crazy and a little stupid that I’ve just signed up to ride 140 miles over 2 days from Ocean City to Baltimore, MD, but I’ve probably done dumber things. The website says: The purpose of ...

Eternal Roots 2012 Windham Gravity East DH Race

One of my Eternal Roots Team Members made this great video edit of our trip to the World Cup/Gravity East Race in Windham, NY in 2012.  Can you spot by bobble head?

How To Be A Mountain Biker

How To Be A Mountain Biker
As a girl who converted her dining room into a bike shop and owns a vintage road, a commuter road, a downhill, and a XC trail bike, I can fully appreciate this video.  Did I mention that my bike is covered in stickers?  This video is so laughably true, that I can’t watch it without ...

Paul Piff: Does money make you mean?

Paul Piff: Does money make you mean?
It’s amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there’s good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.) Paul Piff studies ...

Shameless Self-Promotion: Vote for My Ideas & improve your comunity! I made the top finalist selection!

Shameless Self-Promotion: Vote for My Ideas & improve your comunity! I made the top finalist selection!
A while back I participated in an online brainstorming community called Ideation Nation, where I was invited to throw my ideas (for improving my community) against the wall to see what stuck.  What I didn’t realize that I was in the running for a grand prize.  I just learned today that I’m a finalist and ...

I Survived My First Summer Festival

I Survived My First Summer Festival
So, the Kadampa Summer Festival has come and gone. On a hot August day I woke up early and departed for the MARC train from Baltimore to D.C. as usual. This time however, I carried along a backpack and a tote bag, prepared to fly from Washington in the evening. I traveled my metro to ...