Learning to ride a unicycle in college taught me the value of balance in life. In hindsight, at least. My life's experiences have definitely made me more resilient: I lost a young wife to cancer and raised three daughters only to lose one of them in 2006. If you don't laugh, though, you wither up. Besides working a challenging news media job (challenging just to stay in business these days), I volunteer a lot in the community -- Wolf Trap and the C and O Canal -- and as a ski patroller at a Pennsylvania resort.