The Best 30 Minutes of My Life

Recently...I lived the best 30 minutes of my life.

It was 4:25 p.m. when I decided to head out the door and go for a hike on a nearby river trail. It was 53 degrees and chilly, but I felt like I needed the my legs, in my lungs, and in my attitude. Twenty minutes later, it had turned dusk and I was walking in the quiet through the trail's trees. 

One Villain...and Seventeen Heroes


The imaginary ones go by the names of Doctor Doom, Professor Moriarty, Darth Vader, Captain Hook, Wicked Witch of the West, Cruela de Vil and Voldemort.

There are plenty of real ones, too.

How To Start A Bandwagon

In a big, BIG, B-I-G's sometimes easy to wonder:

"Can my small voice make a difference?" 

Mind, Heart, Legs...and Adventures

After a crazy 48-hour "Amazing Race" real-life adventure...I made it onboard.

What Happens AFTER Your Passport Is Stolen?

There's an expression: "when the wheels fall off."

Roughly means something is falling apart.

A Million Ounces of Hope

For me...every day is "2nd Chance Day."

Believing this sparks a lightening rod of hope into my world...and who doesn't love the energizing power of hope?

Hiking, Biking...and Emergency Phone Operators hits us super hard.

As I write this, 24-hours prior I was on an early morning hike on a quiet trail. The sun had been up for a short time, and roughly 30 minutes into the hike, I had yet to see another person. 

So...What Is the FIRST Mile??

"What is the FIRST mile?"

The question was emailed to me from a Town Manager in Vermont. 

"During the discussion leading up to the (Extra Mile Day) proclamation, one of the board members asked what the first mile is. Any insight would be much appreciated."

Like Seeds in an Unopened Bag

In 2009, I took action on a vision. "Extra Mile Day" was born.

Getting Through Life's Worst Days

Let's be real. Some days are devastating.

Tragic stories in the news corrupt our hope. Brutal moments and experiences in our own lives obliterate our happiness. 

"Will life ever feel good again?"

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