Welcome to "This Rugged Life." The focus here is about living a life of adventure, enthusiasm, competency and presence. This will be explored through interviews, analysis and reviews of people, events, and ideas that push the limits of our mind and body.

In today's age, possessing the couth, persistence and discipline to live such a life is much harder, and thus, even more important. Distractions come at us from all angles, and being innocuous, they are the most dangerous kind. So many of these distractions seem innocent, or even helpful. Television,, 60 Second Abs, all of these reward the instant gratification, short attention span, low-effort medley that has become our society.

Far from an expert in, well, anything, I am curious about almost everything.  I care about experience and learning.  I aspire to the strong mind in a strong body of the renaissance men of an earlier age.  I have found that writing about adventure and passion reinforces its importance to me, reminds me of what I want to do and become, and exposes me to the opinions and experiences of others who strive for similar goals.  If you find my writing to be of use, I hope that you will subscribe via the RSS feeds or the "Blogger Follower" tool on the main page.  Comments and questions are encouraged, and I am also available at for further discussion.