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Book Review: Snow Wolf by Glenn Meade

Snow Wolf by Glenn Meade - A Fresh Voice in Post-War II Cold War Thrillers It's been awhile since I've found a juicy book that pulled me right into the tense and frightening Cold World era of the 1950s. As an avid reader of both...

Book Reviews: We the Living by Ayn Rand and 1984 by George Orwell

Did Ayn Rand and George Orwell Predict the Future? I've been re-reading some of the classic fiction that captivated me when I was a teenager. We the Living  by Ayn Rand, a novel about one woman's attempt to keep her identity in the new Soviet Union. I'd...

Book Review: Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Author Barbara Demick Exposes The Horror of Daily Life in North Korea ~ Read Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick and you realize that life in Orwell’s book 1984 can be found here and now, in North Korea. In this non-fiction book, Demick...

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Giant Lust Advanced: Best Women’s Mountain Bike Ever

My vote for the best women's mountain bike is the Giant Lust Advanced 0. Moving from Minneapolis (elevation 600 ft) to High Rolls Mountain Park, NM (elevation 7,000 ft) opened my eyes about the diversity of biking styles and needs. Minnesota - FLAT. New Mexico - NOT flat,...

Living in the Sacramento Mountains

Mountain Bike Riding in Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Mountains This is where we live, work, ride and hike now - in the mountains in New Mexico. I'm riding my mountain bike on a largely untraveled dirt road just behind the town of High Rolls. We're just...

Personalize Your Exercise Plan to Make it Stick

What, of all the exercise you could do, sounds like the most fun? It doesn't have to be something traditional, or something anyone else would choose. This is a case where "doing what you love" can yield lifelong results....

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Why I Love My New Trekking Poles

Want to hike with less joint soreness? Try hiking or trekking poles! My very fit 81-year-old mother-in-law turned me on to trekking poles and I can't stop raving about them. She's unstoppable on them. She just completed a 26-mile walking marathon with them and she's signed up for...

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Drink Coffee to Improve Your Fitness Plan

When All Else Fails, Drink Coffee and Get Moving In honor of National Coffee Day today, I'm sharing this useful post on all the benefits of caffeine for exercise and fitness performance...

Hiking Ortega Peak in Alamogordo

"Don't Miss" Desert Mountain Hiking: Ortega Peak in Alamogordo One of the best-kept secrets about Alamogordo, New Mexico, is its hiking trails, which are virtually invisible as you drive through the town. Fortunately, I've met some great people in the Alamogordo Trails Meetup Group who are willing to...

Desert Morning in Las Cruces

Here’s a quick peek at what I found on my morning desert walk in Las Cruces today. Before we moved to the Southwest, I envisioned it as being brown and largely barren of plant life – okay, maybe a few cactus. I’m always surprised when I...

Hiking with Mountain Lions

Up Here, Hiking with Mountain Lions is a Fact of Life It isn't easy to get the lowdown on living in a mountain town of 300 people. There's no website to educate yourself about hiking with the risk of mountain lions. There is no newspaper, community center,...