My Five Favorite Novels

Some of my friends believe that I read a lot.  I don’t really – I just read more than they do, or perhaps more than most people do.  I’m a slow reader and read maybe 15-20 minutes most evenings before I turn out the light.  On weekends I will often get in a couple of…

Mental Performance ?

I’ve  always been fascinated by the mental part of “the game.”   Wrestling in High School,  there was one guy I just couldn’t beat, because he knew he could beat me, and I wasn’t sure I could beat him.  I know now, and my coach knew then, that  I could’ve beaten him. But I didn’t.…

New Zealand – my recent adventure

I had been hearing about New Zealand as a unique and special place for years, and without much expectation, hoped one day to visit.  When I saw that the National Outdoor Leadership School, who I have been working with and for for 15 years had an alumni course hike in New Zealand, I said, “Here’s…

D-Day: My visit to Normandy

Background. About 2 years ago, my wife Mary Anne got a catalogue in the mail announcing a cruise sponsored by the WWII museum in New Orleans and the Navy SEAL Museum in Ft Pierce, Fla. The cruise started in Amsterdam, and proceeded down the northwest coast of Europe to conclude with several days visiting the…

200 years, or 200 days…Part 1

What if we didn’t know how much time we have left to live? An absurd question you might say, since indeed none of us really KNOW for certain how much time we have left.  But most of us have an idea – an expectation – based on our current age, our genetics, current state of…

Stay Fascinated, my friends!

This is of course, a take off on the popular commercial in which “the most interesting man in the world” advises us to “Stay thirsty, my friends!” which associates drinking Dos Equis beer with a life of romance and adventure. I recently read The Coaching Habit, in which the author Michael Stanier also used that…

Who Am I? (part 2) – Reality Check

Who Am I?   When we are asked to deliver a Who Am I?  presentation with limited time, to a group of people we may not know very well, we will usually talk about our background, career milestones, achievements, hobbies and family.  This essay addresses some aspects of Who Am I? that are important, but which I…

Who Am I? A tool to help build a Team

A decade ago, when I joined my local Rotary club, part of the initiation process required that I introduce myself to the club in a 4 minute presentation  – what they call a Who Am I?  I wanted mine to be a little different from others I’d seen, so my wife Mary Anne joined me on…

Kilimanjaro

This post follows my previous post on Intent  in which I described how I divided my Intent for my trip to Tanzania into four levels.  Here, after I briefly introduce who we were and what we did, I describe my adventure in terms of the four levels of Intent I had decided upon before leaving.…