Thinking Hard About Hunting

onhuntingI myself am a hunter. But Matthew Scully’s recent dissent on hunting reminded me just how juvenile some politically correct folks are. For one thing, it doesn’t necessarily follow that, simply because Al Gore or Barbra Streisand despises something, that something is worthy of commendation. It often works out that way, I know, but it is unbecoming of a rational creature to let the Gores and Streisands of the world define virtue, even negatively.

Second, Mr. Scully’s essay was only partly an attack on hunting. Its deeper objection was to what he called the “smug insensibility” of “the Imperial Self, armed and dangerous,” of “man the all-conquering consumer facing the universe with limitless entitlements.” Hunting-bear hunting in particular- seemed to Mr. Scully to exemplify that “distinctively modern mix of sentimentality and ruthlessness” that has given us the yuppie, with his

Recent Exercise Q&A

Q: I’ve read lots of articles that recommend weight lifting for runners. What are your recommendations?


reA: I do a lot of total-body strength conditioning, even during my racing season. The program I follow was developed for me by Phil and Jim Wharton, who wrote The Wharton Strength Book. Their book is easy to follow, and the exercises they recommend don’t require a lot of equipment. They explain how many sets to do and how much weight to lift.

The most important muscles to work on are your stabilizer muscles, which include your hips, glutes, lower back, and inner and outer thighs. You also need to strengthen your lower abdominals. If these muscles are strong, you’ll maintain good running form even when you become tired. As you draw closer to your big competitions, back …

Looking Back On Hunting And Social Change

By the late 1980s, the wandering of the previous decade was largely over. The “Me Generation” took hold with a vengeance. Mercifully, its reign was as self-destructive as it was brief. The arrogant excesses that landed one-time financial stars in jail also forced the nation to appreciate its more enduring gifts. A quiet rebirth of social conscience and a respect for the values of an abundant land came to the fore.

buckInternationally, the economics of the Cold War were taking their toll. Russia was in decline and perestroika was in the wind. America was once again facing a strange dichotomy–forced to look both outward as a world leader and inward at its own domestic problems. The same generation that had protested the bombing of Cambodia was raising families. What legacy would they leave for the generations that followed?

When more

Keeping Your Kids In Shape Creates Success!

kykisStrength training can even help children achieve non-physical benefits like being able to set and work toward goals, developing an understanding and respect for rules, overcoming failure and developing good work patterns and attitudes. At Lift for Life Gym in St. Louis, Missouri, 92 of children participating in strength training programs graduate from high school, as opposed to 67 percent of nonparticipants citywide.

Faigenbaum takes it one step further, suggesting that successful strength training can build self-esteem. “The psychological effects are huge,” he says. Faigenbaum sees kids developing better social skills, and parents report their kids act up less frequently, have more respect for others and work harder in school.

Many of the ailments that plague adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, have their roots in early childhood. By starting a strength training program early, many of …