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  • The first thing I see from the shotgun seat of a race car in the Enduro 100 is that I can see nothing at all. Nothing except for the dust, that is. I'm trapped in a huge brown cloud that's quickly accumulating. The sun is shining brightly, but the dust cloud covers everything: the hood of our car, the cars on either side of us, and whatever the heck is supposed to be up there in front of us. The dust cloud makes my eyes itch and my lungs wheeze. My heart starts pounding like the cylinders of a V-8 engine, and I start wondering out loud:

    "Am I going to get killed in a spin-out collision or just get choked to death?"

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  • Welcome to the happiest place in America

    Are you really happy? It's a question that has crossed all of our minds. Just a month prior to interviewing researcher, explorer and best-selling author Dan Buettner, I had been wrestling with this question myself. Am I really happy? I am passionate about the work that I do. I love my family and friends, or at least the ones I choose to keep in my small circle. My faith is at the core of my being. And I really appreciate the little things in life: a rainy Monday, the color of fall (one of my favorite times of the year), my morning coffee that lasts for hours, that special song that sparks a memory, and the laughter of children — especially my niece and nephew. For me it's these little things that seem to make me happy. But is that really enough?

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  • Survival, evasion…vacation?

    My grandfather was a Naval Aviator during World War II. As a child I listened to his stories with amazement; I look back today with an even greater appreciation of his bravery. The news today is full of survival stories, most recently the saga of the Chilean miners, rescued after being trapped underground for more than three months. Movies like "Into the Wild" and the recently released "127 Hours" tell harrowing tales of people trapped alone in the wilderness.

    It all makes me wonder: Do I have what it takes to survive the unthinkable? I decided to find out.

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