June 12, 2018

A Piece of the Yella

As the warmer months have finally arrived, I’ve noticed that all the Foundation programs here in the Canyon inspire youthfulness and creativity. It doesn’t matter if it’s Laity Lodge, the Youth Camp, the Family Camp, or my program (Foundation Camps). There is something here that allows us to be kids again. This hallowed ground is a place where we can let our guards down, a place where youthfulness is celebrated. For example, the other day […]
February 15, 2018

Shreddin’ the Gnar!

Guess what? I got a fever folks, and the only prescription is more Olympics! Yep, the bug has bitten me bad. Something strange happens to me every four years. Somehow, I am implanted with a super natural power as an expert judge and critic of all Olympic sports. For the next couple of weeks, I will possess total cognitive knowledge on figure skating, downhill skiing, ice hockey, the luge, speed skating, ski jumping, and snowboarding! […]
February 7, 2018

When Pigs Fly

I read an article recently that recognized the common cockroach as the species that will most likely survive the next world wide catastrophic event. That’s a ridiculous notion! Cockroaches can’t think of anything better to do than hang around in the kitchen cabinets and give people the quillies. In my opinion the feral hog has a much more developed sense of survival and will eventually replace humans as the most intelligent species on the planet. […]
January 30, 2018

Spring Sprang Sprung Already!

Ok, so the holidays are over. We did the New Year’s Eve thing, and sang Old Lang Syne (whatever that means). It’s still January, and the forecast for the hill country this week is depressing. As I sit here sneezing cedar pollen all over the living room, my mood is like the weather—cold and gray. “If you’re going to sit there on the couch sulking, why don’t you take down the Christmas tree?” my wife […]
January 23, 2018

Vertical Shepherding in the Frio Canyon

My “pat” answer when people ask why I left a career in teaching eighth graders is that “I wanted a change of scenery.” Actually, the truth is that my doctor advised me to find a less stressful environment. Most middle school teachers suffer from some sort of post-traumatic stress. I’ve seen battle hardened drill sergeants try to substitute teach a middle school class, and by the end of the day, they were cowering in a […]
January 16, 2018

Kerr’s Theory of Reverse Prediction

I was a public school teacher for 14 years, so I’m no stranger to the laws of science—especially as they relate to life here in the Frio Canyon. In fact, I don’t mind admitting that I’m working extensively on a precept that I hope to publish and eventually establish as scientific law. I call it “Kerr’s Theory of Reverse Prediction” You may be familiar with other scientific laws such as Newton’s Law which states that […]
January 9, 2018


“A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof, trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask, why do we stay up there if it’s so dangerous? We stay because Anatevka is our home… And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you […]