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February 08, 2017

Maintaining Unity in the Face of Diversity


I think we can all agree it’s been a challenging 3 months. The political environment. The division. Heightened emotions. An unclear pathway of how to stand up for beliefs while preserving community. We at Oiselle have struggled with this as well. A few weeks ago, I received a message from a Volée teammate, Marie, questioning our messaging on political issues. Her compelling email concluded: “I guess what I really want to know is, is there a place on the Volée for a woman like me? A woman who is compassionate, bubbly, vehemently loves and supports others, and absolutely cherishes unity, but whose religious and political beliefs do not primarily coincide with Oiselle’s?”



February 07, 2017

USAXC: Falling. And Flying.


Oh, Bend! You never disappoint, with your genuine friendliness, your amazing food, and your character-testing. KMet had talked Sally and I into committing to this USAXC masters race last November. And as we boarded the short flight last Friday, we were all thinking the same thing: "What are we doing?" None of us had the most stellar winter of training. And the course was going to be torture. But, that's what XC is all about. And we wanted to support our fasties in person. Onward!