After owning two businesses for two decades, I finally got a real job... dream job actually! Combining my passions of technology, education, and skydiving, I was hired in January 2017 by the United States Parachute Association as Director of IT. Sadly, I am no longer taking on new web programming projects, but I'm still skydiving and teaching certification courses through Xcelskydiving and of course writing! Also, I am still available for public speaking events... just email me. This blog site serves to display my numerous previously published works as well as satisfy my continued urge for sharing my insights... you know, those thoughts you have at 4 o'clock in the morning.

  • 10 October 2018
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The Dunning-Kruger Effect

In the third century BC, Aristotle penned the timeless words, “The more I know, the more I know I don’t know.” Aristotle’s statement and the others like it are the hallmark of those who are recovering casualties of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, a phenomenon explored in a series of experiments inspired by a bank robber who knew that lemon juice could be used as invisible ink and covered his face in it thinking it would render him invisible. The crux? People with below average skill or knowledge tend to grossly overestimate their own abilities.

  • 1 July 2015
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Afraid of Heights

I don’t know how many times I get this response when someone finds out I’m a skydiver.  “Oh, I would love to jump, but I’m afraid of heights!”

I heard this so many times that I developed a rehearsed retort: I used to say, “So am I.”  So I tried to mix it up and reply, “I’m not afraid of heights, but I am afraid of widths!”

  • 1 April 2009
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published in Skydiving Magazine January 2008

Secrets of a Female Tandem Instructor

Sun slowly overtakes the shadow in the hangar as the overhead door moans, opening to reveal a bright blue sky. My manifester has not yet arrived, so I busy myself closing a tandem rig, taking out trash, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom... The first group of tandems walks around the corner. I greet them, briefly introduce myself, and apologize for the toilet brush in my hand. I get their paperwork started, then take their payment, start them on the training video. After the video finishes, I start training them for their tandem jump. Slowly the realization comes over one man’s face, as he then asks, “So, we’re jumping with you? You’re a tandem instructor?”

I’m still surprised and laugh at times when I get this reaction, although I understand it: from their perspective, they see a small framed gal, 5’5 and 110 pounds, who is cleaning the bathroom and taking care of office work.

Let me share with you my anecdotes -- more for encouragement rather than instruction -- the secrets of a female tandem instructor…

  • 1 January 2008
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Sometimes we sacrifce the equality of rights by trying to contrive equality of outcomes.

 


for Teachers or Speakers or even Moms!

Sometimes you need to see an immediate improvement, but there is just no time to learn a new way of doing things. You have to make do with what you have. But what if you could just tweak a few things and see instant huge improvement? That's where hacks come in!

If you are a teacher, a speaker, or even a mom, I have for you, Five Simple Hacks that will instantly improve how you get your point across.

  • 3 November 2018
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The balance between two ways to tackle a goal

Consistency and Immersion

Which is better? Brushing your teeth twice a day for 90 seconds each time? Or brushing your teeth every Monday morning for 21 minutes? Or brushing your teeth on the 1st of the month for 10 1/2 hours?

  • 20 October 2018
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After owning two businesses for two decades, I finally got a real job... dream job actually! Combining my passions of technology, education, and skydiving, I was hired in January 2017 by the United States Parachute Association as Director of IT. Sadly, I am no longer taking on new web programming projects, but I'm still skydiving and teaching certification courses through Xcelskydiving and of course writing! Also, I am still available for public speaking events... just email me. This blog site serves to display my numerous previously published works as well as satisfy my continued urge for sharing my insights... you know, those thoughts you have at 4 o'clock in the morning.

  • 10 October 2018
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Two individuals can do greater things together than the effect of their separate acheivements.

  • 28 August 2018
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Constructing the Right Goal

Everyone credits Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa as the first to summit Mount Everest. But that is certainly not true....

  • 14 May 2018
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Goal setting, self-improvement, advancement, augmentation, progress, development... It's a constant and insatiable chase to an over-glorified, vague end game that never ends.  I like activity, but I don't like that race. So, here's what being a lazy drummer taught me about getting better at stuff.

  • 29 April 2018
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Do you know what 120 mile per hour wind sounds like? That's the wind flowing past your body in freefall. It sounds like...

  • 29 April 2018
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