Vera’s Blog

A 5-year (and counting!) collection of posts from “Vera Koo” – the column penned by Vera, and published by Women’s Outdoor News. A collection of these blogs appears in Vera’s second book Wisdom and Things.

Vera Koo: The Power of Forgiveness

Vera Koo: The Power of Forgiveness

Vera Koo reflects on the power of forgiveness, and how 30 years ago, she took this course in her life. Find out why she believes it was the right thing to do.

Vera Koo at the Chelsea Garden Show

Vera Koo at the Chelsea Garden Show

Vera Koo visits the Chelsea Garden Show in London. Along with learning more about this historical event, we also find out more about Vera’s philosophy of aging and traveling.

How I Lost and Gained Vision

How I Lost and Gained Vision

In this story, former competition shooter Vera Koo describes her last few years with vision problems, and how she lost and gained back her vision.

Climbing in the 22nd Century

Climbing in the 22nd Century

Vera Koo’s daughter, Shane, describes what it’s like to return to the sport of climbing, and about how it has changed.

Vera Koo Writes About Inspiration

Vera Koo Writes About Inspiration

Vera Koo has seen many trials, and luckily for us, blogs about those experiences. Read excerpts from a few of these “Inspiration” posts.

Vera Koo: On Why She is ‘Chasing the Carrot’

Vera Koo: On Why She is ‘Chasing the Carrot’

Vera Koo writes, “Although I cannot expect to be on top of my game at this point in my sporting clay shooting journey, it feels good to be striving toward improvement. I don’t feel stale. I feel invigorated. At 75-years old, I have a reason to exercise. I have a carrot to chase, a challenge to drive me and help keep me focused.”

Bonding by Geoduck Clams

Bonding by Geoduck Clams

Vera Koo describes her summer vacation with family in tow, to search for the elusive geoduck clam on the shore of Washington state.

Sharing a Love of Rock Climbing with My Daughter

Sharing a Love of Rock Climbing with My Daughter

Shane Koo tells us how her daughter, Mia, has become interested in her mother’s passion: rock climbing. Shane believes it is a parent’s goal to be surpassed by her children, in all aspects of life.

Vera Koo Writes About Faith

Vera Koo Writes About Faith

This post features excerpts from two of Vera Koo’s blog posts on the topics of God and faith, and the role they play in her life.

Kayaking Excursion Unravels Into Chaos

Kayaking Excursion Unravels Into Chaos

While on a kayaking excursion, Carlos was struggling in the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii when my daughter, Shane, arrived at a harrowing thought: This might be it. I’m thankful to report that it wasn’t “it” for Carlos. My husband is alive and...

Huntsman World Senior Games

Huntsman World Senior Games

Jim O’Young was my mentor when I entered the competitive pistol shooting sports more than 25 years ago, and I trust his wisdom. This time, though, I was skeptical. “Vera, you’re going to compete again,” he told me. My competition days are finished, I told Jim. I...

Shark Adventure: A Dive Into a Shark Arena

Shark Adventure: A Dive Into a Shark Arena

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published September 5, 2017 This shark adventure is a guest column written by Vera Koo’s husband, Carlos … Vera and I have different avenues toward pursuing our hobbies. Vera is drawn to activities that she can try to conquer. She’s...

Adventures with Vera Koo in India

Adventures with Vera Koo in India

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published March 25, 2015 While much of the Western world was celebrating the holidays with festivity, light, family and gifts, I fulfilled a life-long dream of visiting uncharted regions of the Eastern world last fall. My passport...

Shooting Sports USA: Retiring from Shooting Sports

Shooting Sports USA: Retiring from Shooting Sports

In this article, posted at the NRA's "Shooting Sports USA," Vera Koo explains why it became time to retire from shooting sports. In fact, she pinpoints the exact moment she decided that her days of running race guns needed to end. I was precise in everything I did...

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