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Cycling, Outdoor Recreation, Quote of the day / 19.10.2009

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge ~ (30th President of the United States, 1872-1933) Photo by James Edward Mills...

Bikes, Cycling, Examiner.com, Madison, Outdoor Recreation / 18.10.2009

Cyclocross_001 Fall is clearly a season of transition. As the weather crosses over from long warm days to short brisk ones now is the time to make a similar shift in how you recreate outside. For many in southern Wisconsin, particularly those who love to bike, cyclocross is the ideal changeover sport to bridge the cool autumn months before the first snowfall. “I am all over this,” said Ryan Griessmeyer, “It’s a whole new breed of sport for me, perfect for this time of year.” The Madison athlete was among dozens of riders who came out to race at the Badger Prairie Cross, the third event in the Planet Bike Cyclocross series. In his first ever experience at the sport Griessmeyer, an avid triathlete, said it wasdifferent than what he expected. “I figured I’d bounce in off my Ironman finish. But it’s so fast paced it’s hard to breath and stay aerobic,” he said. “First my lungs went, then my legs went and then it was all over. I loved it!”
Interview, Podcast / 15.10.2009

CarrHagerman There’s a good chance that you’re one of those creative types. I’ll bet you’re the kind of person who derives a great deal of satisfaction from what you can make or do with your hands. You might play an instrument or you draw or maybe you like sing. And sometimes while you’re cooking I imagine you’ve been known to dance a little to the music on your CD player while you stir a pot of spaghetti sauce. And if don’t have one those jobs where paint, design clothes or build models, or even if you do in spare time you probably like to hike or climb or maybe mountain bike. All these are the many things we do express ourselves, how we perform to show the world who we really are. Knowing how to express yourself is an incredible gift and a talent Carr Hagerman learned to develop at early age.When he was 14 Carr started working as a street performer at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Using improvisational comedy and a host of characters he played off the energy of the crowds he entertained to create something special out of nothing but human interaction.
Capital Region Business Journal / 12.10.2009

Don SchusterThere’s an old joke. Show me a farmer and I’ll show you a man out-standing in his field. For guys like Don Schuster excellence in agriculture has never been more challenging. Increased government regulation, low market produce prices and a changing global climate make for an intricate labyrinth of obstacles to navigate.

Owner with his wife Theresa of Schuster’s Playtime Farm, this fifth generation crop grower is constantly coming up with new ways to make the most of his patch of land on Highway 12 just outside of Madison in the town of Deerfield. Through the fall months at the height of the harvest season he opens his property to the general public to provide a fun educational experience that also helps to raise money for those less fortunate in our community.
Commentary / 09.10.2009

Madison, WI was host city of the 19th Annual meeting of The Society for Environmental Journalists. Media professionals from across the country gathered to discuss among issues the impact of climate change on the planet and the role human populations will play in mitigating the threat of global warming. "The choice that this generation faces is an awesome one," said former vice president Al Gore in his keynote address. "Never has a single generation been asked to make such consequential decisions for future generations. I think we're up to...