Vignettes From a Badass Life

Or, the Foundations of Trying to Live Without Fear

The Awesome Power of Awe

The more overwhelmed we are, the more we need awe.

My Second Life on the Water

Guiding fundamentally changed how I view, interact with, and share our rivers and natural spaces with others.


Ann Hofmeister revs up interest in women and Harleys

"If you don't ride, it's hard to explain, but when you're out there and you get all the senses working ... it's really neat."

Northfield Pedalers

The Northfield Pedalers (Courtesy Photo) When Peggy…

Trees of reconciliation

"I was distressed about particularly the outcome of our involvement in Iraq. This seemed like something small that I could do to contribute in a positive way."

2,000 miles, 2 women and 1 canoe

Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho (Photo Courtesy of Jens and Barbara…

Adventure traveler

Polly Keith Scotland (Photo by Lee Scotland) "It's an acquired…

Peace & war

"I was naive when I signed up. I was so upset after I got that [deployment] call. I thought I was going to die. I wasn't going to Spain. I was 19, and it was a lot to handle emotionally."

Cycling the world

julie Retka (Courtesy Photo) I traveled in 28 countries,…

Title IX Myths & stereotypes

[Another stereotype we're told is] whether we like it or not, college sports have become a big time economic engine, so get used to this new corporate model where profit rules the day.

Title IX

The 40th anniversary of Title IX presents the opportunity to advocate, agitate, educate and reflect upon its promises and limitations.

Game ball

Lisa Lissimore and Linda Roberts (Photo by Sarah Whiting) Basketball…

Marathon Mary

"I'd rather run long and slow than short and fast. It's my therapy."

Feels like flying

Ski jumper Karin Friberg soars into her comfort zone Karin…