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"Get a Grip"



Stephanie Forté
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April 27, 2020

In 2002, a collective sense of urgency generated energy that would change lives. The HERA Ovarian Cancer Foundation was born. To be honest, we didn’t have any idea of how to build or run a nonprofit. But our need to change a situation that caused women to die left...

April 14, 2020

It would have made a lot more sense for me to commute to my job in New York City's garment district, a junior denim startup on 38th and Broadway, by train rather than bus. Trains do not get stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel behind a broken-down car in the left lane. But Joe...

March 26, 2020

When my index and middle fingers latched the tiny limestone hold to my right, a tidal wave of panic washed over me. A man was screaming; while the hold, free of climbing chalk, was delicate, his shrieks were overpowering. “Noooo! No, no, no, stop,” he yelled, standing...

November 21, 2019

The first time I heard the word snowboarding was from two skater/surfer guys on Long Beach Island, NJ, during the summer of 1990. “It’s really cool, it’s gonna be huge,” they explained. A few weeks later, a Transworld Snowboarding magazine caught my eye on a newsstand...

October 10, 2019

The first thing I did nearly every morning for almost a year was vomit. On several occasions, from 2013 to 2014, I got into my car parked outside of a Walgreens or Smiths to find it was still running. On the rare occasion that I went climbing on the weekend when it was...

October 1, 2019

Chairlifts transport people to higher elevation; they offer a departure from everyday life, a starting point for adventure, and a fresh perspective. On mornings when an overnight storm leaves Lee Canyon cloaked in a layer of powder more than a foot deep, skiers and sno...

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