February 2020: Time to fire up the blog again. I’m here to share my adventures with anyone who cares to visit. I have temporarily deactivated my other social media channels–Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram–to devote time to a blogging community with authentic engagement.
In mid-March, as a shelter-in-place order loomed, SheSpoke and one of her longtime recreation partners and good friend low-tailed it out of Denver to her small condo in rural, southern Colorado. They bought internet and wool clothes and hunkered down with daily hikes while hopefully clinging to their day jobs as educators.
SheSpoke is a life-long sports enthusiast. As a child, she moved from the sandbox to the playground to the track to the field hockey field to the volleyball court. At twenty-two she discovered the mountains and began hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and snowboarding. Then she learned how to surf and salsa dance, which she still does badly. Next came road and urban assault cycling. Maybe she owns one too many bikes. Her 40s were a series of injuries and other setbacks; she’s ready for cautious fun in her 50s. Hopefully she’s exiting her expensive shopaholic phase.
Sports have afforded SheSpoke the tangible success that life does not always provide. The solitude, scenery, and sun gave her plenty of time for reflection, strategizing, stargazing.
In 2011 SheSpoke returned full-time to the classroom to teach unwitting high-schoolers Beowulf and persuasive writing. She has since moved to the dark side of education–administration–and is currently pursuing her master’s in library science. Before that she freelanced as an educator and writer and loved every exhausting day.
Her article on the 2011 Leadville 100 mountain biking race was featured on Venture There, USA Today’s adventure arm of their travel section. So was her article on the Mountain Biking Hall of Fame in Crested Butte. She wasn’t afraid of fluff pieces or battle of the sexes stuff.
Back in the aughts she wrote for a host of different outlets. One of her favorite gigs was writing a weekly women’s history column. Here’s one of her favorites on female pirates and one on women’s history month.
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.