Posts by: Kate Siber

Exploring The Hidden Sadness That Lives Among Us

Exploring The Hidden Sadness That Lives Among Us

It has been just over a year since Tricia died by suicide. This time of year can be tough for many, especially the most sensitive and vulnerable among us. The days get darker; the holidays can come with joy but also painful expectations and mixed feelings. I think of Tricia often and wish her well, wherever she is. I knew her only as an acquaintance but admired her presence and courage. Her death had a profound impact. I know the world would be better if…
A Monumental Undertaking

A Monumental Undertaking

For his dream assignment, photographer Ian Shive had to undergo a litany of tests and preparations: blood work, urine analysis, lung capacity, physicals, hearing and colorblindness exams, a mental health study and a lifeguard swim test. He had to get licensed as a commercial drone pilot and complete rigorous scuba diving exams. Where was he going? Some of the most remote places in the world: the far-flung marine national monuments of the Pacific Ocean. The assignment from the Fish and Wildlife Service resulted in a…
How to Hustle the Side Gig

How to Hustle the Side Gig

I was nervous before talking to former pro middle-distance runner Lauren Fleshman. She just seemed so, well…cool. Over the course of her enviable career, she has won state championships, USA championships and finished seventh in the world. She has written for Runner’s World and been profiled in The New York Times. She is an activist for women in athletics, co-founder of Picky Bars, co-founder of Believe Training Journal Series, creator of Wilder running and writing retreats, mastermind behind AskLaurenFleshman.com…and she’s a wife and mother of…
Historic Preservation and Social Justice

Historic Preservation and Social Justice

When Brigitte McQueen Shew, the founder of the Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha, came out to greet me last September for an interview, she was toting her beautiful, bright-eyed seven-month-old daughter. This was my first indication that Shew did things a little differently. Delightfully differently. Shew is the mastermind behind the Union, an innovative nonprofit that works at the intersection of art and social justice in north Omaha, a predominantly African American neighborhood. I was there to write about the Union's brand-new building, a creative renovation of three…
On Becoming Amphibious

On Becoming Amphibious

For decades, backpackers looked at the sinuous blue ribbons of waterways on maps and saw obstacles. Now, they see fun and adventure. Packrafts are lightweight, inflatable boats that roll up to the size of a beagle and weigh as little as five pounds. They're maneuverable enough to run rapids as difficult as Class V and yet light and compact enough to carry in a backpack. Alaskan adventurers have been toying with similar rafts since the 1980s, but technological innovations and widespread distribution are allowing more people…