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Becoming Irrationally Self-Reliant. When a little girl goes hunting.

Sitting quietly for three hours in a blind could be hard for any hunter. Many parents would think it would be almost impossible for a seven-year-old. However, Laurelai and her dad had entered the structure ready for a long wait. This was the little girl’s much-anticipated first deer hunt. She had wanted to shoot a […]

Becoming a functionally moving, fly fishing skier. Our brains have a limited ability to concentrate.

Our biggest allies, or foes, in achieving our goals are the habits we develop, because our brains have a limited ability to concentrate on more than one thing at a time. When we are learning something new, we need to use all that concentration. If there is another issue needing attention, our brain will use […]

Becoming Irrationally Self-Reliant. If men are trying to keep us out, they have a funny way of going about it.

Growing up, most of my friends were boys. Until I started working as a ski instructor, I had very few female friends. The girls and women with whom I was most aligned were always, like me, tomboys. Because I shared so many of the same interests, I have almost never felt uncomfortable around males. I […]

Becoming Irrationally Independent. When I spend my early morning writing time interacting on social media

Several years ago my husband’s best friend gave him a poster that we have had hung in our entryway ever since. “For the DETERMINED,” it reads, “There is time and OPPORTUNITY.” It has a silhouette of a fly fisherman, and it answered the complaint that there was never enough time to go fishing. When we are determined, […]