Stephanie Gave Up Her Land for a Better Life – Now She’s The BeauRam® Babe!

Stephanie Lewis, my favorite yoga teacher here in Bend, Oregon, took a lot of grief along the way, but now she lives a fulfilling life and is on the road to success with her innovative BeauRam® backpack. “I grew up in a loving family but with a lot of bullshit,” she confides. Stephanie grew up […]

Meet Jayne, Whose Son Saved Her Life, and Running Saved Her Marriage

Jayne Rodosevich grew up in Ridgecrest, California, a small town in the Mojave Desert – mostly on her own. Her dad, a chemical engineer for Searles Valley Minerals, worked a lot of hours, and her mom, a registered nurse, spent much of the time at the local hospital. Until Jayne turned 15, she practically raised […]

Meet Pauline, a Total Bad Ass Who Doesn’t Realize She’s Awesome

I meet amazing people to write about for this blog in the most unlikely places. The funny thing is, heroes think they’re normal. Nothing special. Talking people into letting me tell their stories often takes a bit of convincing that others can benefit from their experiences, particularly the life choices that empowered them to become […]

Tech Corporal Claude Oliver Davis: An Unsung American Hero

Written on behalf of Claude Davis by Lyle Hicks The threat of war in the early ’40s made every young man fear entering the service. I got my notice and went to Portland for a physical, but I failed, so I returned to Bend, Oregon to work and forget about the army. I was born July 6, 1921 in […]

Robert D. Maxwell: The Oldest Living Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

At age 95, Robert Maxwell is the oldest living recipient of the United States Congressional Medal of Honor, and one of the most humble people I’ve ever met. I had the pleasure to meet him at a Band of Brothers meeting in Bend, Oregon, and he agreed to tell me his story. Born in Boise, […]

What do super heros have in common?

BAD ASS-ERY. THAT’S WHAT! WELCOME TO TENACITY TO TRIUMPH: THE BAD ASS CODE Dear Fellow (or Aspiring) Bad Ass, Guts. Determination. The willingness to do what it takes to be successful rather than depend on “luck” usually comes from somewhere: An experience leaves an indelible impression on you. Something seen, heard or felt reaches so […]