Category Archives: Christopher Cudworth

What quitting Cub Scouts taught me early in life

Like a ton of little kids sucked into the idea that the Boy Scouts of America knew what was good for us, I signed up for Cub Scouts and was assigned to a neighborhood den. Dutifully, to the best of … Continue reading

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Understanding our elemental selves

As a child growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I spent tons of time riding around neighborhood roads next to the Meadia Heights Country Club. The black asphalt road surface of those streets was bordered by fine gravel in which chunks … Continue reading

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Transfer of excellence

While many of my peers are retiring or planning to do so in the near future, I have no plans to retire for another ten years or so. There are many reasons for that having to do with career shifts … Continue reading

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Useful takeaways from a triathlete’s first 70.3 Half Ironman

Five years ago, standing on top of the spiral parking ramp by the Madison Hilton, I watched the start of the Wisconsin Ironman race in which my wife Sue was competing. She had a decent go of it that first … Continue reading

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What a wild ride we’re all really on

On a cool, clear weekend west of Madison, Wisconsin, a group of us gathered at Governor Dodge State Park in early September of 2012. Our plan was to camp out, ride the Wright Stuff Century (or thereabouts) and float down … Continue reading

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In honor of Keith Ellingson, one of the greatest runners and best guys I know in this world

Converging lives My freshman year at Luther College was some years ago. I entered college as a marginal student in high school with a high C average thanks to laziness in subjects that I disdained. But Luther saw potential in … Continue reading

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The little hurts add up to big knowledge if you take time to study them

At nearly forty miles of our weekend ride, my wife and I were heading west on a section of Route 64 to reach County Line Road and head south. There was a northwest wind, so we were tacking against it … Continue reading

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The most exhausting workout in the world is dealing with dishonesty

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. ––Benjamin Franklin To set the table about a discussion of dishonesty and the exhaustion it causes: Those of … Continue reading

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Squirrel!

This morning my wife let our dog Lucy out the door to greet me at the moment when two squirrels ran out from beneath the line of cedar trees next to our lawn. Lucy gave chase to one of the … Continue reading

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Had Covid-19 hit in 1978, I don’t know what I’d have done

In August of 1978, I was returning as a senior to Luther College as both a Resident Assistant and Captain of the cross country team. That meant the latter part of August was largely spoken for as my schedule called … Continue reading

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