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. Soon to be a book, title coming soon.
Vera Koo and the Importance of a Random Act of Kindness

Vera Koo and the Importance of a Random Act of Kindness

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published October 19, 2016 One of my daughters once asked me what I thought the most important virtue was that she should try to instill in her children. I answered: kindness. Certainly, kindness is not the only virtue for which to...

Vera Koo: Why the Bianchi Cup Shooting Tournament is My Favorite

Vera Koo: Why the Bianchi Cup Shooting Tournament is My Favorite

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published February 22, 2016 I have been told that I am the type of person who will take a bite of something and hold onto it and not let go until I have it mastered. I gravitate toward activities and tasks that take a long time to...

Vera Koo Prepares for an Adventure in India

Vera Koo Prepares for an Adventure in India

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published February 10, 2015 I have a philosophy about opportunities. Opportunities are fleeting. When one arises, you should be careful not to miss it. You might never feel like the time is perfect to act on an opportunity....

What I Learned from Glenda Jackson and ‘King Lear’

What I Learned from Glenda Jackson and ‘King Lear’

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published August 15, 2019 In this story about a recent trip to see plays in New York City, columnist Vera Koo describes a life-changing event that occurred because she saw Glenda Jackson in “King Lear.” CliffNotes saved me on book...

Vera Koo: How the Shooting Sports Saved My Life

Vera Koo: How the Shooting Sports Saved My Life

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published January 24, 2016 More than 20 years ago, I found myself at the lowest point of my life. I had experienced a terrible personal crisis. Suffice it to say that this crisis was an external force that shattered my core values. 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...

Sightseeing in Alaska: Some Rules are Meant to be Broken

Sightseeing in Alaska: Some Rules are Meant to be Broken

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published July 10, 2019 I do not usually like to mix business with pleasure. I traveled across the globe for competitions during my 15-year professional shooting career, and I almost never went sightseeing or exploring during my...

Vera Koo on the NRA World Action Pistol Championship & Bianchi Cup

Vera Koo on the NRA World Action Pistol Championship & Bianchi Cup

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published May 8, 2018 Two years ago when I competed at the World Action Pistol Championship in New Zealand, I figured it might be my final time participating on the world stage. Turns out, I am getting another opportunity. I am one...

Twenty-Five Yards: Set Small Goals – For Shooting and Life

Twenty-Five Yards: Set Small Goals – For Shooting and Life

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published March 20, 2017 Twenty-five yards isn’t far to travel – unless, of course, your leg is broken. That’s the situation I found myself in during an April day in 2013 at the gun range near Columbia, Mo. I was training for the...

Vera Koo and Her Zombie Apocalypse Experience

Vera Koo and Her Zombie Apocalypse Experience

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published April 7, 2020 Life with Carlos is an adventure, so much so that I often think I have lived 2 or 3 lifetimes compressed into one. Throughout our 50 years of marriage, we have not had a dull moment. We raised a family. We...

Vera Koo: Lightning Strikes Twice

Vera Koo: Lightning Strikes Twice

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published April 22, 2015 Vera Koo knows that lightning can strike twice, especially when it comes to accidents when you’re active. Read about her recent skiing accident and how she, once again, prepares to recover so that she can...

How to Prepare for a Shooting Competition

How to Prepare for a Shooting Competition

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published September 24, 2014 Shooting, like any sport, requires practice, persistence and dedication. In competition, it’s preparation that can help you win, or at least provide comfort and confidence in your abilities. Ask any...

Salmon Fishing in British Columbia

Salmon Fishing in British Columbia

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published November 3, 2017 This guest post comes from Carlos Koo, who is married to the lovely Vera Koo, a formidable competition shooter. When Vera is off competing, Carlos can often be found on an adventure trip. For this trip, he...

Bette Midler, Glenn Close and Vera Koo: An Opportunity Not Missed

Bette Midler, Glenn Close and Vera Koo: An Opportunity Not Missed

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published August 1, 2017 I always advise people to never pass up an opportunity that excites them, even if the timing seems inopportune. Opportunities are fleeting. You never know when another window will open if you miss the first....

Get Your Body Competition Ready

Get Your Body Competition Ready

Published November 29th, 2018 Since I was in high school, I’ve always had the habit of learning by watching other people: how they are and what they do. My husband is an outdoorsman, and introduced me to many sports: snow skiing, water skiing, windsurfing, equestrian,...

Camping on Moutcha Bay

Camping on Moutcha Bay

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published October 17, 2018 I watched my youngest granddaughter transform from a baby to a toddler. I experienced the high tea of a lifetime. And, most importantly, I enjoyed quality family time that included many experiences,...

Shooting and the ‘Ming’ Thing

Shooting and the ‘Ming’ Thing

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published December 3, 2014 Vera Koo explains the concept of the ming thing in relation to shooting. Have you ever seen “Madama Butterfly?” It is Puccini’s hauntingly beautiful opera that illuminates a world of love, loss and tragedy...

Vera Koo: What I Learned on Broadway

Vera Koo: What I Learned on Broadway

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published October 3, 2018 I like to be around energy and excitement. That is one reason why I enjoy traveling to New York City. The bright lights, the noise, the crowds on Times Square, the array of colors, I love it all. I traveled...

The Future of Women in Shooting Sports

The Future of Women in Shooting Sports

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published February 20, 2014 Everyone has something that could make our world more extraordinary. People spend their entire lives perfecting that skill; ask any athlete, any diplomatic leader, Nobel Prize recipient or Oscar winner. As...

Vera Koo: On Being a Woman in the Shooting Sports

Vera Koo: On Being a Woman in the Shooting Sports

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published October 16, 2014 Once in a while, when I am practicing shooting at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club near Columbia, Mo., I still get the question. Someone who does not know me will ask if I’m any good at shooting....

Vera Koo: 2014 Bianchi Cup Wrap Up

Vera Koo: 2014 Bianchi Cup Wrap Up

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published May 30, 2014 I went to war this week. Preparing for any major competition, athletic or otherwise, is like going to battle. You practice, drill and train for months. You ensure that your equipment is flawless, you create...

Retro WON: Climbing Your Personal ‘Mt. Everest’

Retro WON: Climbing Your Personal ‘Mt. Everest’

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published May 17, 2018 People often wonder why I am still participating in the shooting sport. I will turn 70 later this year, and my performance in recent years has left something to be desired. However, I am not ready to walk away....