Author: Missy Park

Feminism Is:

DEAD – Something that happened in the 70’s. A movement that’s still relevant today – A communist plot. A terrorist plot. Some kind of plot – A nice idea whose time has come. A nice idea whose time has gone – About choice and control. About eliminating control-top lingerie – A satanic ritual. A cult. A club – A conspiracy to make men wear pink – A movement that seeks justice for women. A movement that is unjust to men – For men as well as women – For sons as well as daughters – The anti-dote to the old boys club. The pre-cursor to the new girls club – A movement that died with the Kardashians and Jersey Shore – Alive and well and living in Anchorage, New York City, Asheville, St. Louis, Eugene, Dallas and EVERYWHERE THERE IS A STRONG WOMAN

Missy Park



Everything I know about the game of life, I first learned on a field or a court. So many good lessons, here are a few:

-Don’t be sorry; be better.
-Whether you think you’re a loser or you think you’re a winner, you’re right.
-Practice makes permanent…like nothing else does.
-The scoreboard never lies.
-When you miss a shot, get back and play defense.
-There actually is a “me” in team, but the team is always bigger.
-When it’s time to get down to sports (or business), make sure your hair is out of your eyes.

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from sport?

Missy Park


Get Cracking

This New Year I’m gonna dispense with the resolutions, the commitments, the planning, the idle chatter.

Let’s just start, begin, commence, break ground, establish, impel, kindle, undertake, take the plunge, initiate, instigate (ooh, I like that one), launch, actuate, pioneer, sally forth, get the ball rolling, cause, do, create, introduce, originate, activate, go ahead, inaugurate, light out, trigger, mobilize, spark.

It’s a clean slate. How will you start?

Missy Park




The measure of fitness is not how slowly a heart beats but how quickly it recovers from exertion. Fitness training is a way of building our body’s resilience. Yes, there’s some pain involved, but with each work-out our body recovers more quickly, becoming more prepared for additional challenges.

But what about our emotional resilience? How do we train ourselves and our kids to recover quickly? Building emotional resilience is not so different from building physical resilience. I have to put myself in a position to fail, to flag and to flail, knowing that it WILL make me stronger.

Even more difficult, I’ve got to allow my kids to fail. And I have to know that it is at that instance of failure that the learning really starts. I have to restrain myself from swooping in and “fixing it.” That is probably the biggest challenge: reminding myself that it is good for the setbacks and the learning to start early, far better than allowing the first setback to occur in high school or college.

So how do you train resilience in yourself and your kids?

Missy Park


A Year of Blessings

A year of blessings in disguise and otherwise:

Aching muscles


Missing the cut

Making the cut

A friend lost and regained

Skinned knees

My father’s wisdom

My mother’s optimism

Children, growing up

A missed connection

A race won

A race lost

10 fingers and 10 toes

Thankful for them all,
Missy Park