Quarterly Update - 2019 Q3

We are halfway through fall and I hope you have spent a few minutes adoring the changing leaves.  Q3 was filled with art, travel, and introspection.  Looking forward to spending Q4 in Akron and sharing the holidays with family!

Akron friends, let's get together on Thanksgiving-eve.  I miss the ole familiar faces huddled around the On Tap bar.  Is there anything put together already? Anyone interested in helping organize a new spot?


Melissa and I spent a weekend in late July fishing near the Allegheny River in Tionesta, PA.  We spent the first night camping in the Allegheny National Forest and spent the second night in a local bed and breakfast.  The B&B is an 1886 Victorian home owned by an extremely talented artist--Julia.  Julia offers private art lessons along with your stay (at a very reasonable cost, I should add) and during our stay she taught us about painting acrylics with big brushes on canvas (think Bob Ross).

Not having a knack for visual arts, this was an amazing experience.  Julia taught us so much about painting--highlighting, knowing your light source, "the blue of the atmosphere at distance", how to apply pressure with the brush, etc.  Most importantly, she instilled an appreciation for beauty in small things.  Now, I notice the white reflection of light on water, the yellow edges back-lit on leaves from a rising sun, and the various wild colors in the seed-heads of a grass field.

As the son of a photographer and tree farmer, you would have thought this appreciation would have been acquired a long time ago...

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
- Mark Twain



What is an area of your life you are really happy and proud of?  Why are you proud of it?

You are likely proud of it because your current life conditions match your blueprint of expectations.  And the opposite is likely true for for the areas you are not proud of.

To create happiness in our lives, do we shift our life conditions or do we shift our blueprint?  I guess it just depends and it's a question I've been musing on. 

In early October, Melissa invited me to run a 5k in Cleveland "to raise awareness and funding to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy."  At the time, I was happy to support a good cause and more importantly had an opportunity to beat my time from the Akron PorchRockr 5K.

A few days before the 5k, I logged into the race portal to get last minute details only to find out our team raised over $10,000 and our team lead had personally raised $3,000--I was shocked.  Beyond shocked, I was inspired.  Our team ultimately raised $13,517 and Katie Uher personally raised $5,269.  Thank you to everyone who donated.

How do we create a Katie-like impact on the causes we support?

Please let me know if there are causes and organizations you feel strongly about.  The philanthropic arm of my life is not an area I am proud of and currently working on defining my blueprint and changing life conditions to match.

Also, please consider a donation to the Ruffed Grouse Society for their current #GivingTuesday campaign.
"The number of ruffed grouse is less than 1% of the population from just 40 years ago."


Copley High School alumni game.

PorchRokr 5K.  Patrick, your dad showed up and crushed it--where were you?

Melissa pouring sangria for her Grandma :)

Family brunch at Honeymoon Grille!

Melissa is a full fledged outdoors-woman!  Shooting clays and fishing for trout.

Kellygreen Bed and Breakfast. Awesome art class with Julia.

Local house party. "Do you want to see me throw firesticks?"
Yes. Yes, I do.

Chaminade updated their locker rooms this year!

While training Ivy for Wyoming we found this praying mantis.

Camped with dad for 9 nights straight. Proud of us for never breaking down and getting a hotel.  This two person tent served us well.

The sunrises were stunning.

Ready to start the hunt!

We were pursuing sage grouse.  They have a very interesting backstory but a long story short is they are dwindling in population due to a lack of habitat.

We were amazed by the amount of cactus in Wyoming.  The cactus was prevalent in areas which were overgrazed by livestock.  On lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management, you can graze cattle for $1.41 per cow per month.  Said differently, you can feed a 2,000 lb cow on taxpayer lands for $15/year—less than a bag of dog food.  And that, in a nutshell, is food subsidy in America…

Hard to argue the logic when poor America has more access to healthy foods than anytime in history.  However, in 1900, families spent about 40% of their income on food. By 1950, it was just under 30%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013 the average American household spent about 10% of its total budget on food.  At what cost will we pursue cheap food?

Sage grouse on the side of the road.

This stream was absolutely full of brook trout.  It is so much fun catching these small fish.

You have to stalk the banks on hands and knees to not spook the fish away.  About an hour before sunset, I crept into a nice hole and caught half a dozen brook trout on an elk-hair caddis dry fly.  We gutted 'em, battered 'em up, and cooked 'em whole as "brookie fries"--so good.

While I was catching brook trout upstream, Dad caught two Kokanee salmon at the mouth of the creek where it meets the reservoir.

Camping on the North Platte river.

The North Platte River.

Before sunset, I sat down on the edge of the North Platte and read for a few minutes while hoping to hear fish jumping for the evening bite.  After a few minutes, the evening bite was on and the fish were feeding on the surface all the way down the river.  I caught two rainbows (12in and 15in) on an elk hair caddis dry fly.

Brown trout and rainbow trout for dinner.

After getting back from Wyoming, Melissa and I went to a beautiful fall wedding,

An 80s themed evening after dinner at our national conference.
Change is automatic but progress is not.

Upcoming Travel & Events
Interested in a ski trip/mountain getaway?  Planning a trip for late January or early February--the more the merrier.  Shoot me a note if interested.

Support Local Business

Kellygreen Bed & Breakfast
Tionesta, PA
1886 Victorian house is the perfect getaway for recreation and art. 

Capital Canine Dog Training
Columbus, OH
"Helping owners unleash their dogs truest potential."
Broke out from the traditional franchise model to train dogs with a personal touch and are doing great work.

Dr. Kelli's Cookies and Cupcakes
Akron, OH
Amazing desserts.  Dr. Kelli did all of the desserts (2,000+) for Forest's wedding and the cupcakes & cookies for Melissa's 30th birthday!