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The Joy Trip Project

Quote of the day / 27.11.2009

“A hug is the perfect gift; one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it.” Anonymous~ As we head to the holiday shopping season on this Black Friday, please let's keep in perspective what truly matters. Go ahead and shop, support the economy. Keep us on the road to economic recovery. But don't just spend. Make investments in products and services that bring joy to your life and the lives of others. Realize that the most meaningful gifts need not necessarily be purchased but simply given. Photograph by James...

Commentary, Diversity / 26.11.2009

h   This video came across my desk this morning. Here is another wonderful example of modern media that would be hilarious if not for its painfully tragic truth. Blair Underwood does an amazing job of illustrating a social phenomenon that I've experience through much of my personal and professional life. Anyone who spends time recreating outdoors will likely notice the conspicuous absences of minorities, blacks, Latinos, Asians, Pacific Islanders take your pick. People of color are seldom seen hiking, climbing, skiing,  bird watching, whatever. The reasons why are numerous, but...

Quote of the day / 24.11.2009

“Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast, a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests and encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, bag the...

Product review / 20.11.2009

With five navigable lakes Madison is a perfect city for paddling. Before the ice settles in for the long winter, canoes and kayaks dot the waters on either side of the Isthmus right off the Capital Square. But lately there have been sightings of an adventurous few who have taken their paddling on to local bike paths and sidewalks. Riding skateboards instead of boats they’re trucking down the road using the Big Stick land paddle from Kahuna Creations.