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5 ways bicycle touring book authors motivate

Many books on my book stack involve bicycle touring. I am a cyclist and enjoy touring by bike. These interests brought me to the books. My book stack also has many motivational books. Bicycle touring books have several things in common with motivational books. Here are five ways authors of bicycle touring books offer motivation by telling their stories. They learn          It’s like riding a…

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6 ways to take care of yourself

Congratulations on completing week one of Social Distancing 101. The COVID-19 virus sat you on your couch where you binge-watched television. Here are some thoughts on how to make your time at home more enjoyable and productive. I can’t promise they will make 24X7 confinement with your family feel like a week at the beach. Be active every day. Early this year I read Younger…

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Toms philosophy on bicycle touring

Yesterday I gave a talk on bicycle touring on the Ohio to Erie Trail. Over fifty people came out to Blimp City in Akron on a cold rainy day. The people facing me were diverse but united in enjoying life on a bike. Most were day cyclists exploring their local trails from behind their handlebars. They wanted to know more about bicycle touring and curious…

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A case for a blueprint for life

My world takes on a new focus at midnight on Christmas Day. Overnight, the after-effects of the monthlong orgy of parties and family gatherings become real, very real. My habit of diet and exercise were tossed aside, and good times and good food moved front and center. December 26 is judgment day; a day when my focus returns to health and wellness. My mind turns…

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Yet another Christmas memories trilogy

This year I am reminiscing and sharing more Christmas memories of my youth in Alliance, Ohio. Last year, I shared my first installment of this trip down memory lane. I hope you enjoy and share your personal memories of Christmas past. Christmas lights Every December, my mother bundled my brother, sister, and I up like Ralphie and Randy from A Christmas Story. She loaded us…

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Remembering my sister at Christmas

December 15, 1975 was a cold Ohio winter day in Alliance. I was spending the morning getting my car serviced before heading out later in the day with my sister Cindy to finish our Christmas shopping. WFAH on the Sears waiting room radio announced that there had been a fatal car-train accident east of the city. I had a strange feeling hearing that news. My…

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