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The Joy Trip Project

Examiner.com, Madison, Outdoor Recreation, Triathlon / 20.09.2009

The Devil’s Challenge Triathlon got off to a chilly start as an early morning fog settled over Southern Wisconsin. But within an hour of the first swimmer’s splash into the water from beach the skies cleared to make for a great conclusion of 2009 Triathlon season. Visit Examiner.com for the complete story and a slide show: http://www.examiner.com/x-15739-Madison-Outdoor-Recreation-Examiner~y2009m9d20-Devils-Challenge-concludes-2009-Wisconsin-Tri-seaon...

Quote of the day / 18.09.2009


"A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give."

-- believed to be based on the writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) a German rabbi best known as the intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism. Photo by John Urban
Quote of the day / 17.09.2009

“Fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It's like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house. If you can't control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you. If you can control your fear, it makes you more alert, like a deer coming across the lawn.” Mike Tyson ~ Former heavy-weight boxing champion (1966- ) Photo by Joseph Mikus This photograph along with several others was taken by Joseph Mikus during a massive wildfire that raged along the...

Commentary / 16.09.2009

The National Parks episode of "To The Best of Our Knowledge" airs on September 27th! To coincide with the premiere of "The National Parks: America's Best Idea, " TTBOOK a production of Wisconsin Public Radio and Public Radio International, is devoting an hour to stories of our favorite wild and scenic places. The Joy Trip Project is proud to have contributed a segment detailing a brief history of The Buffalo Soldiers, African-American horsemen of the 9th and 10th divisions of the U.S. Cavalry. More than 400 of them...

Outdoor Recreation, Quote of the day / 16.09.2009

"That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.” Edgar Allan Poe ~American short-story writer, editor, poet and critic (1809-1849) Photo by Joseph Mikus This photograph along with several others was taken by Joseph Mikus during a massive wildfire that raged along the north side of Yosemite in late August. The artist, whom I met in Curry Village while on a coffee run, shares his work with my gratitude.  -JEM ...

Examiner.com, Madison, Triathlon / 15.09.2009

[caption id="attachment_1221" align="alignleft" width="200"] First in line to register for the 2010 Wisconsin Ironman José Aguilar[/caption] It’s eight hours after the conclusion of the Wisconsin Ironman Triathlon. And on the streets of Madison all that remains is a litter of paper cups and discarded plastic water bottles. <<Cross fade sound of leaf blower>> A city maintenance man sweeps up the clutter with a leaf blower in front of the State Capital building as the 2009 Triathlon season for many comes to an end. But 50 yards away at the Monona...

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