Just Ride: A Betsy Book Review

As a frequent bike commuter and leader of a woman’s cycling group, I was delighted to read Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Peterson. The author has cycled daily for over forty years, raced, sold, and built bikes for decades. Peterson’s thesis is a simple one: bike racing has added […]

Spokane’s First Tweed Ride: A Betsy Post

What a treat to be part of The MAC’s first tweed ride. With sixty or so participants, most dressed in clever costumes, it was a night to be remembered. We gathered in front of the museum and then rode on First Avenue to Howard Street and to the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park for a […]

Betz Bikes Hallstatt

On my recent trip to Europe, my husband, Steve, and I spent a weekend in the gorgeous town of Hallstatt, Austria. This tiny lake town is over two thousand years old and is the home of the oldest known salt mine, hillsides full of darling buildings, and breathtaking mountains. It is only reachable by a […]

Cycling in Austria: A Betsy Post

I have seen several cycling friends come home from a vacation in Europe with this crazed gleam in their eyes as they begin talking about their trips: “No one wears helmets in Europe” and “There are bikes everywhere in Europe” and “The cars watch out for cyclists in Europe”. Finally I was able to witness […]

On Getting from Here to There: A Betsy Post

A guest post by Betsy Lawrence, AKA “yogaprof,” the founder of Belles and Baskets I have written previously about how I began bike commuting; now here are a few lessons I have discovered along the way. Lesson one: Be flexible Once I committed to biking to work, I started the work of fine-tuning my commute. I […]

My Resolutions: A Betsy Post

A guest post by Betsy Lawrence, AKA “yogaprof,” the founder of Belles and Baskets I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions: When I want to make a change in my life, I tend to just do it. However, this past fall, I made two vows. Here’s a look at how they have gone. […]

Belles and Baskets: The Beginning

By guest blogger Betsy Lawrence, whose words you’ll see popping up here every so often I am confident that I am not alone in this admission—I love women’s groups. Coffee groups, dessert groups, yoga groups, study groups—several years ago, when I was searching for the fabulous man who later became my husband, I even created […]

On a Roll with Betsy Lawrence: On Becoming a Late-in-Life Jock

This piece takes a different approach than our usual Q&A for the On a Roll with series. Introducing occasional guest blogger Betsy Lawrence: community college composition instructor, yoga teacher, and the founder of Belles and Baskets. What she doesn’t mention here that you should know: Her round trip to work is nearly 20 miles. I […]

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