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We Turned Up A Dirt Road Today: Hawk And A Mouse

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost Doug, a seven continent world cyclist with 130 countries under his wheels, and I met on a trip through New Zealand. [...]

I’m Happy Being Ugly

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares drop off like autumn leaves.” John [...]

High Speed Chase: Wile E. Coyote & The Rabbit

On Route 72, near Parker, Arizona, I headed east into the twilight. A blistering day scorched my body into a dishrag that had cleaned out a pot of greasy spaghetti and hung over the top tube to dry. My chances of finding a stream for a bath [...]

Stan The Road Warrior: Cycling Through Time

“The trick is to die young as late as possible.” Ashley Montagu Through the years, I’ve picked up pedal partners during my travels around the world. They’ve pedaled through 50 states with me for a glimpse of one of the [...]

Worm’s Eye View Versus An Eagle’s Eye View

Worm’s Eye-View During my high school years, quite a few of my classmates hung out in the parking lot—smoking, drinking and wasting time doing nothing. They didn’t complete their homework assignments. Many dropped out to work as tire [...]

Australia: Dancing With Dolphins In The Water

“Let’s cage ourselves and let the animals run free. Let’s find new stars and new songs to follow. Let’s build some foundations under our dreams. For if we have the prowess to destroy the earth, then we can surely save [...]

Billions On Bicycles

Millions of people around the globe ride bicycles, but I have never been so affected by bicycle riders than when I rode through the streets of Beijing, China. That country houses 1.35 billion people. Their main transportation? The bicycle. With [...]

Your Most Powerful Passport To Adventure: Self-Confidence

In my early years friends warned that I would get killed by bicycling, mountain climbing and scuba diving for a year in South America. They feared I might die by traveling across the Outback of Australia. It confounded them that I wanted to [...]

Cycling Nepal: Face To Face With A Cobra

“The sublime and the ridiculous are so often nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.” Thomas Paine Mount [...]

Leap For Death Or Leap For Life

Heading east on Route 92 out of Provo, Utah, Sandi and I cranked hard through the afternoon. Above us, craggy 10,000 foot peaks poked into a cloudy sky. We sweated our way through deep canyons. We stopped for a rest area at a turnout. “Sure [...]

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Annie’s successful online magazine, JenningsWire.com showcases authors and experts in the JenningsWire Podcast Series*. Hundreds of podcasters have enjoyed professional, promotional interviews with one of the top interviewers in the country [...]

Will You Live Or Die On An Adventure?

Mark Twain said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” On my first trip to Alaska as a young adventure-seeker at 24, I woke up in my tent on the Russian River of the Kenai [...]

Your Edge Equates to Maximizing Yourself

No matter what you learned in your youth, good or bad, you can change that orientation by understanding what happened to you. With understanding, you can rewrite the hard drive in your mind. You can decide to take action. You can move toward [...]

Discover Your Why & Dissolve Your Why Nots

Listen Here: Kathy Sparrow is a self-leadership expert and message strategist, lead author of Ignite Your Leadership: Proven Tools for Leaders to Energize Teams, Fuel Momentum, and Accelerate Results. She’s talking to us today about her [...]

What Does It Mean To Be An Adult?

Most people think they know exactly what it means to be an adult: Pay all your bills on time, do your own laundry, and don’t get fired from your job. Or if you’re a little more rebellious, it may be something like: hire someone to [...]
Talons From The Sky: Coiled Scales On The Ground

Talons From The Sky: Coiled Scales On The Ground

Heading eastbound across southern California, the sun set low in the sky. We looked for a campsite in the rocky terrain east of Joshua Tree National Monument. “We better find a spot soon,” Sandi said. “I’m looking, dear,” I said. Up [...]

Should You Post Pictures Of Children Online?

Most people give no thought whatsoever to posting pictures of their children online. They are proud of their kids, they love them…so why not show the world how wonderful they are so others can enjoy each milestone too? Plus, Grandma and Auntie [...]
Learning To Live Above Your Demons

Learning To Live Above Your Demons

You’ve got them. I’ve got them. Everybody’s got them. They haunt our dreams. They foment our insecurities. They make us doubt ourselves. They play with our subconscious. They cause us to make silly choices. What are they? Answer: our demons. How [...]
Podcast: Oh Grow Up: Toddlers To Preteens Decoded

Podcast: Oh Grow Up: Toddlers To Preteens Decoded

Listen Here: Kathy Fray is a best-selling author from New Zealand. As a respected midwife her book OH BABY … Birth, Babies & Motherhood Uncensored is her country’s No.1 selling guide to childbirth and infants. Kathy discusses parenting [...]
Inclusion v. Tolerance: More Than Food For Thought

Inclusion v. Tolerance: More Than Food For Thought

Over the past year, higher education has had an intense national conversation about the need to diversify its faculty, staff and executive administration. This time has long been coming, as a majority of the young people born are black, brown [...]
What Going the Extra Mile Really Looks Like: 1000 Rings

What Going the Extra Mile Really Looks Like: 1000 Rings

If you are like me, you may be tired of this election process and need something else to focus on. I know I do. This election cycle has given “he said” “she said” a whole new meaning. When I heard about the “1000 rings” it was like [...]
Wonder of Bicycle Travel: Magic Moments

Wonder of Bicycle Travel: Magic Moments

It could happen in the morning when you pedal down the highway to see dewdrops sparkling off the leaves of a cherry tree. You stop to pull cherries off the tree along the Lewis and Clark Trail in Oregon. Their succulent sugars bathe your mouth [...]
Sack The Phone Before Driving

Podcast: Sack The Phone Before Driving

Listen Here: Bob Ragazzo is a certified Defensive Driving Instructor and founder of Save Your Teen Driver. Texting (also tweeting and snap chatting) While Driving has become an epidemic on our roadways, accounting for at least AT LEAST 5000 [...]
Difference Between An Average Life Vs. A Spectacular Life

Difference Between An Average Life Vs. A Spectacular Life

Do you work a nine to five disinteresting job? Do you watch four hours of television everyday after work? Are your weekends filled with powerboats, beer and grilled ribs? Do you lust for the thrill of the NFL season? Will you be remembered for [...]
Why Manners Still Matter

Podcast: Why Manners Still Matter

Listen Here: Jodi RR Smith is the founder of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting and author of three books including From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman. When you think of etiquette, it may conjure up images of dowager countesses [...]
Losing My Anchor At My Mother’s Passing

Losing My Anchor At My Mother’s Passing

This summer, after two years existing under assisted living, my mother passed away peacefully in her sleep. My two younger brothers and I stood near the bed watching her life energy ebb, wane and finally, vanish. She spoke her last words in [...]
Coulter Bay, Grand Tetons, Fleeting Moment

Coulter Bay, Grand Tetons, Fleeting Moment

On your bicycle, backpack, canoe or any journey, there’s always that special “moment” that pops out of nowhere. It flashes in front of you much like an ephemeral lightning bolt out of the heavens. It strikes your eyes, your senses, your [...]
Meloti and Isabel Wijsen: Bye, Bye Plastic Bags on Bali

Meloti and Isabel Wijsen: Bye, Bye Plastic Bags on Bali

Two sisters, Meloti and Isabel Wijsen, 12 and 10, noticed plastic bags clogging the beaches, streams, streets and highways around their tiny island of Bali. What they witnessed appalled them. Ironically, Bali tourist organizations sang praises [...]
Olympic State of Mind

Olympic State of Mind

Olympic State of Mind This week the world descends on Rio De Janeiro for the Summer Olympic Games.  The pageantry and excitement hold the attention of the world for the two weeks that world class athletes compete for some of the loftiest accolades [...]

A Marmot’s Words: “Welcome To My World!”

Verdant green lodge pole pines blanket the Mount Holy Cross Wilderness region. A cobalt sky profiles rolling mountain tundra while gray rock peaks push against the universe. In the valleys, snow-fed sparkling rivers cascade over boulders, while [...]
Campy was Right, I was Wrong and LeBron was

Campy was Right, I was Wrong and LeBron was Somewhere in the Middle

I often talk about sports. I refer to examples in politics too. The main reason I talk about both is that they are such public examples of effective and less than effective communication. Sports is a public example of protecting one’s value [...]

Life’s Coffin or Life’s Highway to Heaven

What do your really need in your life each day? Food, water and a place to lay your head! Maybe a few friends to support your journey and share conversations! You need some kind of activity that provides purpose and a feeling of accomplishment. [...]
Street Safe Kids

Podcast: Street Safe Kids

Listen Here: Stephanie Mann has been a crime and violence prevention specialist for 39 years and has authored five prevention books including her most recent, Street Safe Kids, which is written for parents, grandparents, teachers and coaches [...]
Piranha Yama & The Art of Non-biting

Podcast: Piranha Yama & The Art of Non-biting

Listen Here: Dr. Bill Kalatsky is a New York City based Chiropractor, Energy Worker, Educator and author who focuses on freeing up energy and patterns in the mind, body and spirit. His first children’s adventure book titled, “Piranha [...]
Making Change A Way Of Life

Podcast: Making Change A Way Of Life

Listen Here: Barney Kramer is the President of Strategic Management and an experienced leadership trainer, coach, writer and speaker here with us to discuss the why and how of change. Barney shares insights on why it is such a critical component [...]