Interim Head, Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences. Associate Professor of Kinesiology.
Pennsylvania State University - Altoona College


In the context of the endurance sports practice, however, a practice requiring a mortal physicality that grows then erodes throughout all human narratives, an unbending, unsympathetic commitment to beating “the whole population of the globe,” or to not trying at all, is significantly more suspect than one that exudes a commitment to the dynamic and continuous remaking of the self.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

It’s hard to find a place in the world where you can disappear.

R.J. Sauer on why he participates in the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 1,100 mile biking/hiking race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

Cyclical chaos is the catalyst of synergistic organization.

But even after admitting this—and I have, countless times, in just about every act I’ve committed—and coming face-to-face with these truths, there is no catharsis. I gain no deeper knowledge about myself, no new understanding can be extracted from my telling. There has been no reason for me to tell you any of this. This confession has meant nothing…

Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho (1991)

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self Reliance”, 1841

We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, [and] brave by doing brave acts.

Aristotle - Book II of the Nicomachean Ethics

Safe living is the breeding ground of mediocrity. Risk-taking is the fertile soil for both tragedy and glory.

In the woods, the mask that society compels one to wear is cast aside, and the restraints which the thousand eyes and reckless tongues about him fasten on the heart, are thrown off, and the soul rejoices in its liberty and again becomes a child in action.

Joel Tyler Headley, The Adirondack, or, Life in the Woods (1861)