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Sam Neumann is an author, photographer, and student of the otter way of life. This is his blog. Head to the top menu for more info or check out the most recent posts below.

Photoramble: Make Them Bleed

“Somebody may beat me, but they’re going to have to bleed to do it.” – Steve Prefontaine   Heard this quote from friend of the Lodge Chris Sheckman. A good reminder on focusing on what you can control. You can’t control how talented you are, or how naturally fast or strong you are, or what kind of genes your parents passed along. You…

Simple Writing Tip: Less is More

You have to write. You may not like it, but it’s a fact of life – somewhere in your professional or personal life, you’re going to have to string a few sentences together in the hope of creating a coherent thought. For most of us, this occasion occurs almost every day (hello EMAIL!), and at the very least rears its head on…

6 Reasons You Don’t Have to Hate the Super Bowl This Year

America, I’ve heard you. You’re finding it hard to get roused for the big game this year, due to ever-escalating squeeze of commercialism, pointless two-week media suffocation, and generally villainous nature of both teams involved. For a good chunk of the country (i.e. those residing outside of Washington state and those tiny plots of land out east), it’s hard to be a…

The Myth of Early Achievers

For Christmas, my parents gave me a book called Get Wise: Make Great Decisions Every Day, which was written by the pastor of their church, Bob Merritt. I would have considered this gift a backhanded attempt at intervention, but they also gave the book to their other sons, who all have wives/fiancees, retirement savings accounts, and generally more put-together lives than…

A Collection of Thoughts to Ponder

Yesterday I came across a blog post from an online acquaintance – let’s say friend of a friend of a friend – that amounted to a collection of thoughts on life. Usually I’d read a few and move along to more samoyed pics, but this one was so good it made me stop and read the whole list, twice. It’s…