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    California Dream, Rails to Trails

    For many, California is at once revered and reviled, progressive and backward, emblematic of both realized American Dreams and crushing disillusionment—a tinsel-laden enigma ... [read more]





    Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Mac|Life

    The newest incarnation of the world’s most popular consumer photo editing software is proof that, as the Irish saying goes, the older the fiddle the sweeter the tune. Adobe Photoshop Elements has been ... [read more]





    In Good Hands, Ski Racing

    From Sun Valley victories to benders with Beckham, two-time MLS goalkeeper of the year Joe Cannon has built a life between the sticks ... [read more]






    From Arcing to Acting, Ski Racing

    Friends, skiers, countrymen, lend me your ears: Lindsey Vonn is not the only national team ski racer who’s acted in the “Law & Order” Franchise ... Meet former British ski team member Alex Cranmer, an American-born alpine racer who, in addition to playing villains on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” has spent more than a decade acting coveted roles on stages and screens around the world ... [read more]




    Filterstorm Review, Mac|Life

    The late, great Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” With Filterstorm 2, universal for iPad and iPhone, you can “make” just about any photo your imagination conceives. It’s so good, in fact, that it may -- for everyone but a true professional -- obviate the need for desktop editing suites ... [read more]




    2011 NCAA Skiing Championships,

    Colorado skier Reid Pletcher, hailing from Sun Valley, Idaho, made history on Friday by becoming just the third American-born racer to win an NCAA Skiing Championships classical race, thrillingly pulling away from the field in the final kilometer to capture the men’s 20K mass start title ... [read more]





    Get ready for Garmisch, Ski Racing

    Let’s face it: alpine skiing culture goes hand-in-hand with long traditions of binging on comfort food and tasty beer. So when the FIS World Alpine Skiing Championships return to Bavaria’s Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Feb. 8 to 20) for the first time since 1978, expect to see said tradition on colorful display: tens of thousands of lederhosen-clad, weißbier-swilling, apfelküchen-gorging merrymakers lining the slopes and streets to celebrate 2011’s marquee event ... [read more]




    Maine Man, GO

    Before he started competing in the Winter X Games as a 14-year-old (and winning a flurry of medals starting at age 17), this high-flying, free-skiing phenom was tearing up the slopes of Sunday River resort near his home in Bethel, Maine. At the ripe age of 24, he travels the globe to star in popular winter sports films and compete. He’ll again be a favorite in the Big Air and SuperPipe events at this month's Winter X Games 15 ... [read more]



    Like a Hawk, GO 

    Chicago Blackhawks captain Patrick Sharp has had a memorable 2010: After posting a career- high 66 points to help his team win the NHL’s Central Division title, Sharp tallied an astonishing 11 goals and 11 assists in the playoffs, grounding 

    the Philadelphia Flyers en route to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup in June. Here, the Blackhawks’ prolific center shares thoughts and tips on life in the Windy City ... [read more]






    To the Rescue, Ski Racing

    Guns are trained on you at every corner in a far-off nation, where you were working to ameliorate poverty and hunger before a military coup overthrew the democratic government. The border’s closed and there’s no escaping the country -- at least, not without help ... [read more]






    The Truth About Fish Oil, Men's Journal

    For years fish oil supplements have been touted as a miracle cure for everything from heart disease to arthritis. But recent indictments from health watchdogs, who claim they're full of PCBs and mercury, and environmentalists, decrying the damage they cause endangered fish populations, have devotees wondering if they're worth the potential risk. Fish oil's primary benefit is its ability to reduce inflammation ... [read more]





    Pitch Perfect, GO

    Kasey Keller is arguably the greatest goalkeeper in US soccer history, having starred in the world's top soccer leagues in England, Germany and Spain for more than 15 years. In 2009, Keller returned to his native Washington to lead Major League Soccer's new franchise, Seattle Sounders FC, which welcomed an average of 30,943 fans per game -- an MLS record -- in its inaugural season. Here, Keller ... [read more]





    Pioneers have Midas Touch, Ski Racing

    Everything King Midas touched turned to gold. It seems the same can be said of the University of Denver’s ski team -- at least come coronation season. From March 10-13 at the NCAA Ski Racing Championships in Steamboat Springs, the Pioneers easily claimed their third straight title and again asserted their dominance in a sport they’ve owned since the turn of the century ... [read more]





    A Quest for Greener Pastures, Rails to Trails

    (special digital issue in honor of Earth Day)

    ... The February weather has been brutal for two weeks, pounding the East Bay with much-needed rain, and even a few hailstorms. At the moment though, golden shafts of sunlight steal through parting clouds and illuminate the quiet hamlet of Point Richmond, Calif., a beautiful, brick-laden old neighborhood that’s distinctly unlike Richmond proper, a stone’s throw away on the other side of Interstate 580. I’m anxious to take advantage of this fleeting break in tempestuous weather ... [read more]





    Power by The People, Bates Magazine

    Fifteen years ago, as a young, idealistic, and naive aide to a Massachusetts state senator, Paul Fenn '88 came up with a big idea: Allow cities and counties to bypass traditional utilities and create purchasing collectives ... He called it Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA ... [read more]






    Another Munich Olympics, Ski Racing

    Much more happens at the Olympics than the sporting events themselves -- and, yeah, we mean beyond NBC analyst Mary Carrillo’s polar bear tours and logging boondoggles. The Olympics are big business, and thousands of the folks in the stands and on the slopes at the Vancouver Games were there on behalf of future and prospective host cities ... [read more]




    The Village Blacksmith, Ski Racing

    In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s "The Village Blacksmith," the poet personified his ideal, archetypical American: a scrupulous, valued townsman whose “brow [was] wet with honest sweat.” More than 150 years later, Longefellow’s archetype lives in the Austrian-American Standteiner family at Mountain Forge, a thriving blacksmith shop in Truckee, California ... [read more]





    Wading through God's Country, Tamarack Life

    If you believe the book of Genesis, the sea was teeming with trout before God created man. Eventually God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the air.” He couldn’t have known ... [read more]






    Fly (fish)ing high, Families in Business

    In terms of fly fishing, there is an imperfect but solid rule of thumb: the more remote your location, the better the fishing. And for those in search of a more luxurious experience, fly fishing opportunities ... [read more]