Reset Button


It is that time of the year again.  The ISA International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) begins this Friday, in Milwaukee WI.  This event has been a turning point for my professional year.  A reset button, a chance to see old friends, meet new climbers, give back a bit of what I have been given.

The ITCC is the starting point for me as a trainer.  Here I networked the connections, met the people and developed the avenues that allow me to train arborists for a living.

The ITCC is also the setting for my first novel.  Here I choose to begin the artistic pursuit of writing fiction.

As I prepare to load onto the motorcycle for the day and a half run west, it is with a bit of a renewed spirit and a firm look ahead at what the next year will hold for me as climber, trainer and author.

I hope to meet some of you there.  As always, I travel with books and a pen.  If you can stop by the work climb event, the Free Falling “book tour” will continue through the weekend!

Thanks all,



The Zero Years

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I have been told that birthdays with a zero on the end require extra self introspection, and contemplation.  I do not know if it’s true, but they do tend to seem a bit more significant with a zero on the end.  Especially so when, as just happened to my daughter Maggie, that zero is also an added place holder!

It then occurred to me that perhaps the recipient of the zero is not the only one who should pause and reflect.

Have a great day.  Hug those that mean the most, because no matter how long, how many birthdays, how many “zero years” or place holders it won’t be long enough.



Support from afar!

Hello all,


Recently Mark Bridge of Treemagineers posted a wonderful plug for my novel Freefalling on the treemagineer’s blog.

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Thank you so very much, Mark and all of you who have purchased and read the book.  Please continue to pass the word.  Also, frequent the Treemagineer’s blog as Mark and company do a much better job of posting and staying current than I!

I look forward to seeing many of you in a month’s time In Milwaukee for the ITCC.  Rest assured if you do not have a copy of the book, I will have some!

Thanks again,