After owning two businesses for two decades plus, 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. Although I continue to support KRWA projects, I am no longer taking on new programming projects. But I'm still skydiving and teaching instructor rating 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
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
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

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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Best Ever Debrief Strategy

FLY PIG FLY!!

The debrief is a great opportunity for instructors to facilitate the learning process by encouraging the student to recognize their achievements and what they did correctly as well as help them realize what is needed to move forward in their skill development. The student must become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses and take responsibility for their training. The Debrief, much like the Ground, can be divided into both the Content and the Presentation. The instructor’s role during the debrief should be one of a facilitator. Asking questions and directing the student to the right information through self-realization will be of greater benefit to the student.

  • 1 January 2021
How is a soccer game like life?

I was watching a soccer game last night at dinner in a Mexican restaurant. (I know, I'm strange, right?) I was watching how each pass to another team member seemed like a node in a network. 

  • 2 November 2020
How is whipping cream like life?

I put cream in my coffee every morning, bu tnot just any cream. Whipping cream. Not just whipping cream. Hand-whipped whipping cream. It takes time. 

  • 2 November 2020
  • 15 January 2020
Is the glass half full or half empty?

You've heard this clever yet trite quiz: "Is the glass half full or half empty?" Supposedly your answer says a lot about your outlook.

  • 9 December 2019

UP

UP

What's up with the word up? I was just thinking, if someone was learning English as a second language, they would be really confused at how much we use this word, and not in a way that indicates direction. 

  • 29 July 2019
Peyton interviews me

One day, a college journalism major named Peyton decides to ask me a bunch of questions...

  • 22 February 2019
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