Adventure Story of Resiliency

I love living in Western Colorado.  Adventure abounds in every season, and we do our darndest as a family to take advantage of it, even in the midst of life’s craziness.   Whether we’re elk hunting, mountain biking, floating the Colorado River, fly fishing or hiking to the top of mountain peaks, I try to sear […]

2,200-Miles Lesson Learned

Last night my family and I returned home from a 6-day, 2200-mile road trip spurred by heading to southeast Kansas to spend Easter with my husband’s aging grandparents. We looked at flights to better accommodate out-and-back into our schedules, but like many people right now, the price of airfare for a family of four pushed […]

Calling all nerds!

Calling all nerds! Well, they’re not really all nerds, but this week at the Travel and Tourism Research Association’s Marketing Outlook Forum, it was a little bit of a nerd convention. I apologize in advance to my industry friends new and old who may take this as anything less than the compliment it was meant […]

Looking Back on the UNWTO World Sports Tourism Congress 2021

It seems we were pretty lucky. Now with Omicron in full-force around the globe, me and my family were able to travel to Europe for a 2-week adventure of a lifetime, and return safely home, before the onset of this next variant. Here at the start of a new year, it has me asking myself, […]

Here’s to You Mr. Mitchell.

Last week, I was on the most turbulent flight I’ve ever experienced – and I fly a lot!  I’m not talking some minor bumps. The plane was rockin’ and rollin’ for nearly 45 minutes of the 90-minute flight. People were crying, pale-faced, and yes, even tossing their cookies.  As usual on a morning flight, I […]

Watch My Corn Pop Up In Rows

The morning after the Field of Dreams game got me thinking… I live out in the rural country of western Colorado, which is a far cry from my quintessential ‘burbs upbringing outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. I always knew I was a country girl at heart – drawn to running around barefoot, playing in any open […]

Ode to Otis

I love the song “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. No, not because Maverick’s mom loved it in Top Gun. Because there is something about the sound, the simplicity, the smoothness of the song that speaks to my soul.   Otis wrote that masterpiece while staying on a houseboat in the […]

Your Winter Wonderland of Artificial Intelligence

  It’s that time of year…listening to Christmas music all day, relishing Bing Crosby and skipping Josh Groban. One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Winter Wonderland” (Written by Richard Smith and set to music by Felix Bernard). I especially love the Martina McBride version, because duh, Martina! The second verse in the song says, […]

Master(ing) Mindset

Do you ever have those experiences where it seems like mutually exclusive areas of your life collide? You know, where you’ve talked about something with someone and the same topic comes up again in a completely separate context (and I’m not talking about in your Facebook feed!)? Well that’s exactly what’s happened to me this […]

The Fields That Built Me

In my last edition of Stoll on Sports, I ragged pretty hard on the state of youth sports, particularly the win-at-all-costs culture it has created, and the harm it causes young athletes physically, mentally and emotionally. I still stand by those remarks, but this edition is going to take a lighter tone to the same […]