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Squib

In the Harry Potter series, a squib is a child born to a magical family who somehow grows up without having any trace of magical ability herself. This is a child who didn’t become what her parents expected her to … Continue reading

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Hard Work

Learning to effectively use a handgun for self-defense is hard work, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Although anyone can learn to point the gun in the general direction of an assailant and yank the trigger, there’s a lot … Continue reading

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New article

So I’ve neglected the blog shamefully this week, but I haven’t been slacking. There’s actually a new article on Cornered Cat. The subject is: Superpowers! Go read it. You can leave  your comments here, and it makes me happy when … Continue reading

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Work worth doing

When I was a child, my dad would often spout a bit of homespun wisdom at me: “A job worth doing is worth doing well,” he would say. Sometimes he would even quote a little poem: If a task is … Continue reading

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Instructor Ethics 101

When you step up to teach a self-defense class, you are literally asking students to bet their lives on the quality of the information you have and on your ability to teach it to them. This is no exaggeration, but … Continue reading

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Mom Voice

One of the most significant challenges I have faced as an instructor: making my voice work well enough for every student on the range to easily hear it. The problem – to the extent that it is a problem – … Continue reading

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Joyful journeys

When I first began thinking about getting a gun to protect myself and my family, one of my friends told me she was concerned about me. “That just seems so negative,” she told me. “Like you’re just looking for bad … Continue reading

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Training required?

Since I am such a huge advocate of excellent firearms training, someone asked me if I support state-required training classes — either to buy or to carry a firearm. Absolutely not! Here are three core principles that inform my own … Continue reading

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