I’m From

Inspired by NPR, Sederquist takes a crack at poetry….

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I’m from viking ships and churches, heartbreaking losses and hotdish laden potlucks.

I’m from backyard sports, treehouses, and itchy mosquito bites.

I’m from windchills and worries, harsh weather and endurance, from simplicity and priorities.

I’m from drab winter skies and duck hunters ushering them in.

I’m from 8th street and Blizzards, 

Cross country runners and bushwackers, 

Blue lines and blue lakes.

I’m from lift lines and ski passes, snow days and dreary drifts.

I’m from “You betchya,” and “dontchya know.” 

From “watch for deer,” and “keep your eyes peeled.” 

From “oh for cryin out loud,” and loving grandmothers who say it. 

I’m from “ope” and the politeness of people who pray.

I’m from melancholy fall scenes, where memories hang on in colorful leaves. 

I’m from treehouses and Twins, Herb Carneal lullabies and Kirby Pucket kids imitating heroes in the backyard. 

I’m from hockey ponds and gravel roads, bait shops and lake associations. I’m from “are they biting,” and “he’s a keeper.” 

I’m from cozy cabins and rain on the rooftops. I’m from cedar smells and eggs on my pancakes. From Mapleline and Nestle. From runs in the rain and frostbitten hands. 

I’m from sensibility and sarcasm. From long good-byes and longer game nights. I’m from crowded Christmas dinners and laughs around the table. 

I’m from gray skies and worn pastures. 

I’m from school reunions and July 4th fireworks. From tradition and times gone by. 

I’m from Garrison Keillor and Prairie Home Companion, 

from a place where you always end up coming back to. 

From place you always call home. 

Published by rsederquist

My name is Ryan Sederquist.  I am a man of many passions and dreams, and this website is the outlet for many of them. I am currently teaching 5th grade remotely in the Adams12 school district in Colorado. I have been an elementary music teacher in Alamosa, Colorado, as well as a 7-12 band director at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado. I am also in the final, final stages of acquiring my M.S. in Exercise Science from Adams State University. In 2018-2019, we spent a year in Presque Isle, Maine as I coached the UMPI Nordic ski team. I currently live in Leadville, Colorado with my wife Christie, a special education teacher, and our border collie-German shepherd mix, Ajee. Even though it is not my full-time job, ever since I was a child, I had the desire to do one of three things professionally - pro sports, writing about pro sports, or being a radio talk show host. This website is where I pretend to do the latter two, and when I'm out pretending to do the former, I listen to podcasts, think about topics, and pursue my wild dream of someday, at some event, in either running, biking, or skiing, wearing a team USA uniform. This website contains articles, podcasts, pictures, and journal entries that have to do with my passion and involvement in endurance sports. Our flagship project is the Seder Skier Podcast, which talks mostly about nordic skiing and attempts to interview influential individuals in the ski world. I also rant about the Big 4 sports, with a lean towards Minnesota teams (Vikings, Twins, Twolves, and MN Distance Running). I sometimes try to write Sports Illustrated like 'feature' articles about athletes as well. In addition to a focus on sports, you will find the occasional article or show that discusses the intersection of theology and society ...which is ...obviously everywhere. We place these in our Skieologians podcast. The heading at the top of my homepage reads, "Search for Truth. Play with purpose. Strive for success." It is the underlying theme for my coaching philosophy, which can be downloaded from this site. Basically, I'm always looking to search for the truth in my pursuit of knowledge, whether that is knowledge regarding the best methods for waxing skis, training a quarter miler, or defending my Christian apologetic. Searching implies a dedicated pursuit for knowledge, and that is what I'm about and what this site is about, even if it is simply for providing viewers with an accurate description of a product. Play with purpose has to do with living out our passions because they are fun. I ski because its fun. I play music and teach young kids because there is joy in it. This blog is about celebrating the joy and fun that inherently exists in the pursuit of excellence and in the activities themselves. Finally, strive for success is built on the principle that true success is the realization that we gave 100% effort to become the best that we could possible be. It requires 100% in preparation, competition, reflection, mental effort, etc. If something is worth doing, I believe it is worth doing with that level of effort. Someday, I hope to race the Visma Classics - the entire season, wear a Team USA singlet, and have a job that involves writing or talking about sports or theology all day. If you know of any body I can reach out to to help me accomplish these goals, please email me at sederquistrd@grizzlies.adams.edu

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