Those Who Dare

Katherine Martin, award winning screenwriter and magazine editor, completed her third book on courage just before she died in 2004. Having known and worked with Katherine, I could not read the book in 2004 and just recently completed it. It is phenomenal –more potent and personal than her first two books about ordinary people who did extraordinary things. Those Who Dare adds Katherine’s own voice – what she learned about courage and its true definition. It describes fascinating situations and gives insights into the real people in the stories that make the news.

From Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, to the priest who takes on white supremacists in Idaho, to the ethnologist working on a cure for cancer in Polynesia and ends up battling to save their rain forests, it’s about people making tough choices outside their jobs or in situations they didn’t anticipate. Then Katherine connects the dots and explains what we all can learn from their experiences and how we can gain strength to overcome tough personal problems and life challenges.

Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money, said, “Masterful and potent . . . I love this book. Every person who reads it will discover new and thrilling dimensions of themselves.” I did – I was shocked at the impact of Those Who Dare. It transmits very personal messages and provides powerful tools to help the reader develop greater personal strength.

For more book information:  Those Who Dare


A Lifetime 1st – I Climbed a Mountain!

An incredible 1st time experience recently – I climbed to the top of Tom Dick Harry Mountain. Only 5100 feet but my first mountain. It is remarkable – LocalHikes rates it a 5* hike for scenery. At its peak, you stand face to face with the highest mountain in Oregon, majestic 11,240 feet Mount Hood, only 7 miles away. Mesmerizing, breathtakingly beautiful.  You can also see 4 other major peaks – Mount Adams, Rainier and St. Helens in Washington and Mount Jefferson in Oregon – further away.

The other wonder of the hike is Mirror Lake, at the half way point.  Mirror Lake is famous, ubiquitous in photos and paintings because the lake mirrors Mt. Hood.

Actually, most hikers don’t go further than Mirror Lake, half way up the mountain. To that point it is uphill but not difficult, a good hike  with a wide, well marked trail. The 2nd half is also well marked but much narrower and fairly steep; it is rocky the last  1/2 mile with some shale at the top (technically Pliocene andesite and basalt). 

LocalHikes rates the hike to the top Moderate – “an okay trail with a few rough spots”. There is also a warning to watch out for several major drops (hundreds of feet) – glad I didn’t see that before I went! Not bad for a total amateur who hasn’t hiked much for the last 20 years!  It was well worth the effort – an energizing, confidence building event. It will be wonderful in the spring, although a post said there was snow on the trail last June.

Wikipedia :  Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

Local Hikes: Tom Dick and Harry Mountain, near Mt. Hood