The Girl and Her Horse that Changed History

In all the history I took in school and through all my exposure to the women’s movement, why have I never known about this amazing young woman? I do now, and I won’t forget her. She reminds me of my daughter and her horse at age 16. How important her charge was and how courageous … Continue reading The Girl and Her Horse that Changed History

Saturday Morning Sword Fighting . . .

Nothing invigorates me more than early morning sword fighting. This morning was no different. Russell came over from the Mesa area and joined us. He specializes in Filipino Martial Arts, and it is always fun to spar with him. I've included sparing clips below with each of us taking on Greg, the Sword Master. I … Continue reading Saturday Morning Sword Fighting . . .

Sunday Evenings on the Ranch

The weather was just wonderful this evening with a cool breeze blowing through the trees, not a cloud in the sky and the dogs sitting lazily by my side on the porch. My wife let the horses into the back yard to graze. These quiet, simple evenings are the days that I long for and … Continue reading Sunday Evenings on the Ranch

Some Might Call It “Couples Therapy”

I look forward to Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Really, I do. Tuesday evenings, after a long and often stressful day of office patients, I get to pull out my swords, attack with everything I've got and blow off the steam. Tuesdays, Greg does some more intensive teaching. Mind you, it is 95 degrees, dress … Continue reading Some Might Call It “Couples Therapy”

What do you do when you can’t sleep . . . ?

I woke up in the middle of the night, actually the early hours of this morning, . . . mind spinning through all the fun I've had with my family and friends fencing. I really truly enjoy the experiences this has brought to my life. So, I sat down at the computer, and I compiled … Continue reading What do you do when you can’t sleep . . . ?

Sparing Practice – May 1, 2021

For the first time in years, I feel like a 14 year old boy. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to fencing with the members of my group. I literally dream about it regularly. It has become one of the few things in my life that actually completely de-stresses me. I've uploaded … Continue reading Sparing Practice – May 1, 2021

Continuous Fencing at Swordfish

In watching some of the world class fencing through the HEMA competitions I came across a continuous fencing exhibition that is being piloted in Sweden. I hope they continue this. I love it! This is much like our sparing practice and requires a much greater level of physical fitness to continuously fence for 2 minutes … Continue reading Continuous Fencing at Swordfish