This article was originally published on 14FEB16. I have been thinking about it a lot lately, because my kids are older, and I’m more and more impressed with them, daily. I’ve updated this article in a couple of places, with the updates highlighted. Overall though, I stand by this article, 110%.

One of the prize-winning article requests was: “engagement/psychological preparation of children/youth in your planning and preparations—what the hell are you going to do with TMO?”

The following article is actually an excerpt from the working draft of the new book. It is not the exact content in the finished book, but pretty close. Mostly, just the layout is changed, to fix contextual issues that only make sense if you’ve read the six and a half chapters that lead up to this point, before getting into the training-specific aspects of the book.

For most people, the mental image that…

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Author: Alfred E. Neuman

71 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.