Independent >> Dependent, Hard can be Helpful

We'd like to thank Barbara Evans for sharing her experience with us in the reflection below. She details here part of her "Hard can be Helpful" story after her 2022 Chuck Wilson Memorial Backpack for BENCHMARK 3-day hike: Independent >> Dependent, Hard can be Helpful I have always considered myself to be quite an independent person. Being independent is not [...]

By |2023-09-26T16:49:22+00:00September 26th, 2023|1 Comment


I went to Walmart to get a head start of some of the items we’d need in bulk for the Appalachian Trail Outreach. Made my way to the register. The line wasn’t very long. The cashier, whose name is Sondra (correct spelling), looked at the tax exemption card and said “BENCHMARK Adventure Min….” I didn’t think she could read the [...]

By |2023-05-18T23:20:58+00:00May 18th, 2023|0 Comments

15 Minutes

Time is money…so some say. No. It is not.  If I have all the money in the world, I can’t purchase any more time. For those whose time is calculated in billable hours, there is a monetary connection to your use of time, but time is still not money. The commodities are very different. In college, I wasted time. I [...]

By |2023-05-18T16:07:46+00:00November 29th, 2022|0 Comments

Fast & reFocus

These days are pretty unusual. Our schedules and daily demands are changing. For some, they have increased. For others, it’s slowed way down. Either way, today is a good day to make a choice about how to make the most of the opportunity of a ‘day’... I want to ask you to do something [...]

By |2023-04-06T17:28:59+00:00April 9th, 2020|0 Comments

You Just Never Know

This Veterans Day, BENCHMARK thanks all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, and especially Lieutenant Junior Grade Hollis E. Johnson, USNR, for sharing his perspective with us as summarized in the following post: It was August 1958, 02:40 at a latitude below the southernmost tip of Africa with no horizon in sight. The sky [...]

By |2019-11-10T16:53:58+00:00November 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Why I Serve

We want to thank Karoline Winchester, 7-year Appalachian Trail Outreach volunteer, for her remarkable service and for sharing her perspective with us all on the following post: I believe that one of the most important aspects of outreach and ministry is meeting people where they are. It means so much more to people when you step into their [...]

By |2019-03-27T19:47:21+00:00March 27th, 2019|2 Comments


Recently in a church related round table discussion we were asked to share our favorite Christmas tradition. Most around the table were much more thoughtful than I. I had my mind on the purpose of the informational meeting and those people sitting at my table. And...not much further. I don't always think well on my feet. I gave some yammering, lame [...]

By |2017-12-24T05:00:15+00:00December 24th, 2017|2 Comments

Being there…

I don’t usually go on the AT Outreach.  Historically it has been a dad/daughter trip in our family.  This year things were different.  I was going to have faith and trust that my husband, recovering from a serious heart attack, would be just fine there in the woods, near the trail, in the environment he loves.  I was not planning [...]

By |2017-04-28T14:57:15+00:00April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Reflection, help to find the pearls of life

As a teacher I create active learning experiences. While I like adventure I like even more the pearls of life that can be found as a part of an adventure. Finding those pearls of life and learning from adventure, or any other part of life for that matter, doesn't just happen. I've often said, "As good Americans we move from [...]

By |2015-07-16T18:49:22+00:00July 16th, 2015|0 Comments


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