Chinese Tattoos and Spirit(s)

Several years ago, I was on a trip with five of my friends from Houston, Texas to participate in an annual relay marathon.  It was something we had done several times and became a bit of a tradition and bonding experience for us.  This particular year, one of my friends had just gone through a divorce and …

Time To Remove The Costume

I often get asked by friends and family back home if we celebrate Halloween here in Singapore.  The short answer is yes.  In fact, this year, we were even able to purchase a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern…there is a whole other story, that I won’t get into too much detail here, but which involved …

Growing Pains

For much of the latter part of last year, when people would ask me what I do for a living, my slightly stale “go to” joke was “I’m trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up” (insert polite laughter here.)  Even I got sick of hearing myself say it.  This …

My Summer Tour of Ignorance

There’s a line in Michael Franti’s song “Say Hey” that goes something like “the more I see, the less I know.”  It really resonates with me, especially lately.  The last couple of years have been an intense roller coaster ride of new learnings and experiences.  Moving halfway around the world, quitting my secure job of 19 years, …

Who’s Driving This Cart?

It’s an interesting dilemma and, to some degree, a fascinating study on parenting styles and micro-management.  Twelve 18 year old boys want to rent a house in San Diego for a week in June as part of their high school graduation celebration.  They’ve done the research, found a house and are planning the road trip …

Sleepless Nights

I have a lot on my mind these days.  My soon to be 18 year old son, who is graduating from high school this June, is still trying to figure out his path forward….go to university in the Fall, take a gap year, or a plethora of other good options.  As much as I want …