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August 15, 2022

Nine Tips to Make a Family Hike Successful

As the parent of four children, I witness an improvement in family dynamics whenever we are able to spend time outside together as a family. Whether it’s just playing games or better still going on a family hike or bike ride, we just seem to get along better outside. Conversations come more easily, and we […]

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April 29, 2022

Musings of a Soccer Dad- why single sport specialization isn’t good for kids

By John R. Dockendorf I never thought I’d be a soccer dad. I always envisioned that weekends with my four kids would be spent hiking in the woods, skiing, or mountain biking. Instead, Jane and I spent many years; and dozens of spring, fall, and even winter weekends dividing and conquering as we figured out […]

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April 29, 2022

Skiing as a Retirement Sport

by John R Dockendorf I was skiing with my good friend Dan Driscoll at Sugarbush in 1981. We were seniors in college, and like most University of Vermont kids, we spent almost all the time we weren’t studying (or drinking) at the slopes with dozens of our college friends. College life sure was good. I […]

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April 29, 2022

The Benefits of Adversity; a Geopolitical Perspective

By John R Dockendorf   “It is an illusion to think that more comfort means more happiness. Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk and to be needed – Storm Jameson The Revenge of Geography by Robert Kaplan, a fascinating book, posits that though technology is […]

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