Life Decisions with Sam Brakeley and Sebastian Matthews

In 2011, Sebastian Matthews' family was in a major car accident. They were hit head-on by a man in the throes of a heart attack– it took three years to recover from the injuries, and more to deal with the trauma. When Matthews returned to the world it was clear that society was in its own traumatized state…reeling from police shootings and mass shootings. Matthews decides he will connect with as many people as he can in his area and around his state. In Beyond Repair, a collection of micro-essays, he shares his perspective of those interactions—healing work that reminds us to check our privilege; to practice a simple set of values we teach our children all the time. In 2015, Sam Brakeley stood at a crossroads in his life. His long-time girlfriend was moving to Utah, with or without him, and he was torn between following her or remaining in New England. So to make that decision, he set out to complete the Catamount Trail, a 330-mile cross-country ski trail that runs across Vermont from the Massachusetts border to Canada. And he brought Henry Knox along for the trip. In 1775, Knox undertook a winter journey of similar length, retrieving dozens of artillery pieces from the recently captured Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain and dragging them 300 miles through snow to Cambridge, Massachusetts, leaving his young pregnant wife behind. In Skiing With Henry Knox, Brakeley reminds us that history has many lessons to offer the living. Interviewed by Tim Weed

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