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Nuts to MS

For the past few years, I have braved the harsh March winter here in the northeast and made the migration south to Daytona Beach, FL, for bike week. Well, mostly I go in order to attend the Iron Butt Association’s (IBA) annual gathering in Jacksonville to break bread and tell lies to hundreds of other motorcyclists who share my love of long distance riding. When I ...
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Arctic Journey

Continued from No Matter What Part 1 With approval from the cafeteria worker who had wheeled my low-fat lunch into my hospital suite, I left New Hampshire for Alaska one day after being discharged and just three days after having a couple of stents inserted into my heart. Have I told you that I’m on a mission to ride ...
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No Matter What

It was a simple text, yet it was the start of a life-changing experience. “Hey Paul, do you want to speak in Anchorage or Fairbanks?” I’d been receiving invitations to speak at events in California as part of a West Coast tour this past June, but riding my bike to Alaska had been on my must-do list for over ...
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Ed Asner — Chewin’ Avocados

Ed Asner has played the hard-nosed, but softhearted TV producer, Lou Grant, in four different series: Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Lou Grant, and Roseanne. At seven Emmy’s, he’s won more than any other male entertainer, and is tied with his former co-star Moore. A two-term president of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Asner fights for causes he believes in, including ...
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Memory Faux Pas

By the spring of 2005, I was bothered by tingling, weakness and loss of dexterity in my hands. But it was my failing memory that scared me enough to seek answers. For two years, I had been secretly struggling with cognitive issues — fuzzy thinking, trouble making decisions, multitasking and short-term memory issues. My kids laughed when I tried ...
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Chris Wood Interview

A charismatic villain? The answer is yes, Chris Wood. Many know him from his on screen role as everyone’s favorite bad guy in Vampire Diaries, playing Malachai (Kai). These days he’s taking on a completely different character in a new series you can catch on the CW Network, called Containment. Off screen, Chris is on a mission to expose ...
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RAATH — Life with Ménière’s Disease

Sooner or later everyone faces an unexpected challenge that tests the foundations on which their lives are built. My test was sudden, overwhelming and catastrophic. I woke up one morning to discover I was almost totally deaf. Here’s my story. I knew something was seriously wrong. I couldn’t hear anything more than a few muffled sounds as Robyn my ...
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At Least I Wasn’t Rat Food

You would think meeting racing legends and top corporate executives in the motorcycle industry would warrant a good story, but, unfortunately, this adventure is about surviving a lodging experience at what will herein be referred to as “The Resort.” The AIMExpo is an international trade show, held once a year in Orlando, Florida, for all that is motorcycle. Manufacturers ...
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MotoMedicine

\ I’ve got a prescription in my pocket I bet most people around here would kill for.” I was invited to the Americade Motorcycle Rally in Lake George, NY, to present a few seminars. Everybody thought my script was for medical marijuana! And they guessed wrong! My presentation, MotoMedicine: Riding for Medicinal Purposes explores not only how riding a ...
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Mount Le Conte — To the Top!

It was that post-Christmas dinner hangover, when you’re so full it hurts to move. That evening Terry Tinnell’s family sat around having one of those pie-in-the-sky conversations, batting around the question: What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever visited? All eyes turned to Tinnell’s brother-in-law, Jim Myers, an avid outdoorsman who lives in Knoxville, TN, at the foothills of ...
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Twins — Sisters and Lupus

Identical twins Talia Moore and Sherita Carthon are both in the public eye, both have bubbly personalities and both face the recent onset of a chronic condition. Sherita, a graphic designer and public speaker, remembers the day a little over a year ago when she was diagnosed with lupus. The condition varies from person to person, causing inflammation, pain ...
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Road Trip — MS Changes a Biker’s Course

When the call rang into the bluetooth in Paul Pelland’s helmet, he was in the middle of the infamous 2003 Iron Butt Rally with some of the best endurance riders in the world. The rally spans the continental United States, and challenges the 100 chosen entrants to ride 11,000 miles in 11 days. The competition tests a rider’s capacity ...
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Road Trip — MS Changes a Biker’s Course

When the call rang into the bluetooth in Paul Pelland’s helmet, he was in the middle of the infamous 2003 Iron Butt Rally with some of the best endurance riders in the world. The rally spans the continental United States, and challenges the 100 chosen entrants to ride 11,000 miles in 11 days. The competition tests a rider’s capacity ...