Three years ago, I had no idea what Olympic lifting was. CrossFit classes changed that. But it wasn’t a quick or an easy road for me to figure out how much I loved the sport.
Three years ago, I started Olympic lifting. Two months ago, I decided to train for the 2017 USA Weightlifting Masters’ American and National lifting events. Here’s how it all began.
I am broken and heartbroken today. This is sometimes my answer when people ask me how I am, which as you can imagine gives them pause. I find myself explaining what I mean quite often. And so I thought I’d do it here as well.
Tonight, an object lesson for students in the age of social media. (Actually, I’m surprised this story has remained ‘off blog’ for so long since my friends are ever-so-happy to hear it told.) In 1999, I worked as a teaching assistant for Michael Lewis while a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate…
If the tuition hike is approved, I can no longer in good conscious support the J-school. I have to ask myself: If a school takes no interest in attracting the people who come from where I have, why would I continue to give my support? More importantly, how could I justify such support as I travel and work in Appalachia?
As the nation tried to collect itself in the hours, minutes, and days after the terrorist attacks, our president rightfully spent a great deal of time and energy reassuring the public. What I didn’t believe, though, was the insistence that we could adequately monitor digital communications in order to find out if there were looming threats.
After months and years of research, I’ve finally started outlining So Far Appalachia, my next book project. The early part of the writing process involves organizing my anecdotes, inserting them within chapters, and arranging the chapters in a way that will elicit the reader to consider certain themes. It looks like this:
The 2014 CrossFit Games Open started this week, and the CrossFit Broad Ripple competitors completed the first workout (14.1): As many reps as possible (AMRAP) in 10 minutes: 30 double unders and 15 75-lb power snatches. 14.1 CrossFit Broad Ripple, see the entire set on Flickr.
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It by David M. Ewalt My rating: 3 of 5 stars It’s wildly difficult to write a first-person account of a phenomenon. The reason: Authors-as-characters only work when they become surrogates for the reader. Too often writers inject themselves into…
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: Strong women are badass. We’re fortunate that our home box, CrossFit Broad Ripple, encourages and supports everyone who walks through the door. The CFBR culture isn’t about how you look or where you are from, it’s about achieving your personal goals. However, I know the message that it’s…