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Joan Larsen’s Tales From the Deep: Midnight on the Arctic Ocean

October 18, 2017

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by Joan Larsen This is the northern tip of Iceland at midnight.  Winter there is total darkness for eight months.  In summer the children of Iceland can be seen enjoying the midnight sun until all hours in bright sun – for there is no night.  .  . so why shouldn’t the two of us do the same?  Before us — the fabled […]

Swim Season Safety: Know What A Drowning Person Really Looks Like

May 29, 2017

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More than half of Americans cannot swim adequately, and most of us can’t recognize a drowning person right in front of us. Ah, yes. The pools and beaches are open again. For the past couple of seasons around this time of year, I have vainly attempted to educate the public about the horrors of the […]

Travel: Whitewater Rafting on the Nolichucky River

June 13, 2016

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Some years ago, when my grandmother was in her 80s, she began checking things off her unwritten “bucket list.”  It all started innocently enough, with an ocean cruise, and we saw her off from the docks.  But months later, relatives sent a picture of her doing her first (and only) parachute jump.  And then it […]

Bikes vs. Cars: A Local Hit-and-Run Brings Out the Uglies on Facebook

August 3, 2015

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Bottom line: the primary responsibility in driving is to not hit anything, especially not human beings. This month, a man was riding his bicycle down a rural road in my area when he was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The driver had the good sense to stop and ask if the cyclist was […]

Apple Is Losing Its Edge, and Here’s Why

January 9, 2015

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It’s not just the issues of battery life or questions over just how much storage their devices really have. The main issue is whether users find the devices useful and functional for their own purposes.  Hubby’s verdict:  Not any more.   By now we’ve probably all heard the news that Apple is facing a class-action […]

Toys Should Look Like Toys. Guns Should Look Like Guns.

November 24, 2014

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And Airsoft isn’t really a toy. Here we go again. In Ohio, a 12-year-old boy has been killed by police who mistook his Airsoft pistol for a real gun. We have been here before: the outraged parent, the makeshift memorial at the scene. I will be the first to tell you that police across the […]

The Ray Rice Assault Case: Can A Man Be Separated From His Actions?

September 12, 2014

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Just like in the Steubenville rape case, a hometown leaps to the defense of their native son who has committed an egregious offense. I don’t approve, but I do sort of understand where the NFL is coming from on the Ray Rice case. There’s a lot of money in professional sports, and if your athletes […]

Swim Season Safety: Know What A Drowning Person Really Looks Like

May 30, 2014

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More than half of Americans cannot swim adequately, and most of us can’t recognize a drowning person right in front of us. Ah, yes. The pools and beaches are open again. For the past couple of seasons around this time of year, I have vainly attempted to educate the public about the horrors of the […]

If Terrorists Attack the Games in Sochi, Don’t Evacuate. Play On.

January 27, 2014

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So they want to scare everyone into stopping the Games?  Don’t let them. Amid concerns about terrorism and security at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, on the coast of the Black Sea in Russia, both the US and Canada have contingency plans in place to evacuate their athletes in the event of an attack […]

Dennis Rodman and North Korea: Playing With Fire

January 10, 2014

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He was naive.  He should never have gone to North Korea in the first place.  But human-rights activists expecting him to free an imprisoned American are expecting far too much. Dennis Rodman first traveled to North Korea under the auspices of Vice Media, which was filming a documentary there and used Rodman and several members […]

Diana Nyad: Portrait of Perseverance

September 3, 2013

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At age 64, Diana Nyad became the first swimmer ever to conquer the Florida Strait*. Swimming 112 nautical miles from Cuba to Florida through jellyfish- and shark-infested waters.  Oh, come on.  You’ve tried this four times already and failed every time.  Storms, jellyfish stings, dehydration, exhaustion.  If you couldn’t do this on your first attempt […]

Retailers: Enough With the Pink!

August 1, 2013

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… and guess what?  Non-average-sized people want more choices, too. It was time.  Some of Lila’s favorite shirts have reached that point of decline where, well, you really don’t want to go out in public looking like that.  This is what happens to favorites:  they wear out.  Having dutifully retired a handful of these favorites […]

Hiking: 48 Hours in Pisgah National Forest, NC

July 26, 2013

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A national treasure famous for its many waterfalls, clear streams, and forests replete with rhododendron and mountain laurel. Lila enjoyed a little jaunt with some cousins down to the far western reaches of North Carolina this week, and spent some time hiking the trails in Pisgah National Forest. Sometimes one needs a break to refresh […]

The Age of Fear and What to Do About the Next Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013

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Yesterday, bomb blasts shattered the excitement and exhilaration of the home stretch of the Boston Marathon.  Two killed.  Dozens injured.  The President promised the “full weight of justice” against the perpetrators. But then what?  How will America’s leaders, bureaucrats, and administrators respond? Our country has had a worrying trend lately toward zero tolerance for just […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: A Case of Love – Love

January 23, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Just so you know,  I am wildly in love with tennis… and so what you see above in that fun photo is what I call a little bit of heaven that makes me smile every time I look at it.  The setting:  the Palm Springs, California airport arrival gate about 16 years […]

In Defense of Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong

October 22, 2012

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Lance Armstrong was a professional cyclist.  Then he got testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs, abdomen, and brain.  He lost the testicle.  He underwent brain surgery.  He endured chemo.  He was given a 40% chance of survival.  And then he went back to professional cycling, and won big.  He was an inspiration.  He used […]

“Winningism” Is a Bad Thing

July 17, 2012

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It’s time to change the entire collegiate attitude toward the big-money, win-at-all-costs men’s athletic programs, but it won’t be easy. In the wake of the Penn State scandal, there has been much hand-wringing and laments of, “Alas, how could this ever have happened?”  Oh, please.  The only reason anyone noticed or cared about the breaking […]

Travel: Whitewater Rafting on the Nolichucky River

June 27, 2012

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Some years ago, when my grandmother was in her 80s, she began checking things off her unwritten “bucket list.”  It all started innocently enough, with an ocean cruise, and we saw her off from the docks.  But months later, relatives sent a picture of her doing her first (and only) parachute jump.  And then it […]

Suing UVA for Yeardley Love’s Murder: Little Sense, Less Justice

May 8, 2012

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In news which is as unsurprising as it is dismaying, the mother of murdered UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love is suing the school’s coaches, the athletic director, and the state.  Why?  Because they “ignored” murderer and fellow student George Huguely’s “erratic behavior.” Quick recap:  Yeardley Love was a 22-year-old student and women’s lacrosse player.  George […]

NFL and Concussions: Suing for the Obvious – An All-American Sport

May 4, 2012

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Over 1600 former NFL players are suing the National Football League, claiming that the organization hid the dangers of concussions from them.  I’m not buying it.  Common sense, people!  Why do we wear helmets for biking, motorcycling, parachuting, horseback riding, hockey, rollerblading, whitewater rafting, race car driving, construction work, just about any activity where you […]

Jessica Dorrell: Women Making Women Look Bad

April 17, 2012

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Writing in Sports Illustrated, Christianne Harder explains how Jessica Dorrell’s actions have had an immediate negative impact on women working in the highly competitive, male-dominated field of football.  Dorrell is the 25-year-old woman who Arkansas Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino hired as his new Student-Athlete Development Coordinator, bypassing 158 other candidates for the position.  And then, […]