The Charter Oak Boxing Academy in the Parkville section of Hartford, Connecticut, is an after school program that uses boxing as a metaphor for life.
Children and adults train there seven days a week. While the academy produces competitive boxers, its most important product is character.
Although the national political press does not consider her a front-runner, a weekend of campaigning in New Hampshire shows New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand should not be under-estimated.
Her authentic approach could break through with voters eager for straight talk and leadership.
For more than 25 years, Al Jones, originally from North Dakota, has driven the streets of New York City daily covering the news for all-news radio station 1010 WINS. He knows every street. He remembers almost every story he has covered.
His job requires him to witness the extremes of the human condition in one of the biggest cities in the world. Crime, disaster, political ups and downs.
We spent a day with him in early January to find out what it’s like.
Senator Elizabeth Warren(D) of Massachusetts is running for president.
Her main issue is corruption in government. She is promising to take power away from the elites by requiring higher ethical standards for people in public office and ending lobbying “as we know it.”
In 2018 one candidate for governor of Connecticut stood out from all the others when it came to experience, understanding and know-how, but running as an independent - some would argue - he never had a chance.
On the east facing skyline of the city of Hartford there is a distinctive building of historic importance.
The Phoenix Building may be the world’s first two-sided building. Also known as the boat building it has the properties of a sail from certain angles and its presence has influenced the design of other buildings nearby. From an architectural point of view, it cannot be ignored. Read and see more in this photo essay.
Like running, yoga is one of the simplest forms of self-care, but in one way it is more amazing than running. Yoga is truly about only you, your mind, your body and your breath. In running you compete against yourself, the course, and distance.
Yoga can be, but is not always, a stand-alone fitness program.
Janel, of JanelOpekaYoga.com, is a committed athlete and yoga teacher. A serious cross-trainer, she uses yoga to balance off her distance running, biking, tri-training - and in this essay - shows how yoga enhances the benefits of a track workout. The latest in our series.
The Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band is four guys who met on the jam session circuit over the years and have now come together as a group. Their music is pure, clean and raw and they are developing a growing base of fans. This essay documents a recent appearance in downtown Hartford with a narrative written by the band.
A daily meditation practice can be difficult for many people to commit to, but there is scientific evidence that it helps people bring balance to their lives. Yoga instructor and triathlete Janel Opeka explains how it helps her and how you can start in this essay.
Photographers often speak of the golden hour, around sunrise and sunset, as the best time to take pictures outside, because of the angle of the sun. I recently got up even earlier to take advantage of the silver hour presented by a full moon on the route of my morning run. Here are the results.
I have been working with yoga instructor and triathlete Janel Opeka to build her brand through story telling. Entrepreneurs like Janel understand that in today's image and message saturated environment the only way to connect with people is by sharing useful, credible and - yes - entertaining information. Here is one way we are doing that.
Janel Opeka is a yogi and a triathlete. After a long break from competition, she returned to triathlon this summer and to her surprise - with the help of her consistent yoga practice - she set a personal record and finished second. Learn more in this essay.
Yoga is a mystery to some. The poses are both simple and complex. Some wonder how it could possibly help. Others wonder how anyone could possibly get into some of the shapes. The truth is anyone can do it and the point is not what the pose looks like, but where it takes you on a personal journey toward life balance.
I worked with yoga instructor and triathlete Janel Opeka on this collaboration.
A month after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, hundreds of thousands of students, parents and teachers took part in rallies across the country under the banner: The March for Our Lives. At the march in Hartford, Connecticut, it was clear that the message behind the rally extended far beyond the issue of gun violence and school safety. The underlying tone was one of general concern about the direction of the country and an absence of leadership in Washington, D.C.