Hong Kong Democracy: The Umbrella Revolution

Upon first glance, the sight of demonstrations in Hong Kong is enough to take the breath away: another crystallizing moment in the territory’s rich history.  It is a beautiful thing to see; young and old united for a cause…especially one important as democracy and freedom. Yet like Hong Kong history, the protests are just one of many layers of complexity. There is a very…

Hong Kong: The Pulse of Life

There are days where no matter how I get out of bed, every side is the wrong side. Days where the dreary drone of jumbled words fill the mind and accompanies me as I sleep walk through the day.  A day, regardless of what my calendar tells me, is a week of  full of Monday mornings. Since returning to Hong Kong last week, my typical day has been…

Don’t Die Wondering…

Sitting along the shore of Elliott Bay, I often wonder what it would have been like centuries ago when Native Americans spent the summertime in Seattle.  The Seattle summer with its perfect weather is special, so I imagine it would have been heaven on earth to see the sun setting on this land so long ago when the wilderness ruled. Back in those days, getting outside and…

Positive Envy

There is an old saying I think about every now and then: “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Not so much for its meaning of someone desiring something they believe would improve his or her life, yet in reality would not.  Instead, it is because I think about where I am now, and the possibilities of what could be. To dream…

Men in Management – Myanmar and Beyond

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”  ~Robert A. Heinlein What more needs to be said?  This is a perfect quote. For us men, we take to heart the point of “while appearing lazy, we actually accomplish a lot.”  A thought I toasted many a beer to during travels in Myanmar with our…

Theodore Roosevelt and the Skokomish Wilderness

On the Southeast corner of the Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington (USA), lies an area unmatched in its beauty and sense of freedom.  A fierce wilderness, just tame enough to charm a simple tenderfoot like myself, but sharp enough to ensure that it will never come under the control of any man.  The Skokomish Wilderness emerges from the shores of Hood…

The Art of Devotion

Devotion inspires one of the purest sets of emotions, capturing love, loyalty and deep feelings of excitement that I do not think can ever be understood beyond our own personal experiences. In the world around us, so much devotion towards deities, lovers, children and nature, all linked to our desire to better understand. Devotion in its pure form is absolutely awe inspiring to witness….

Dreams Between Dusk and Dawn

 “There is a road…between the dawn and the dark of night and if you go, no one may follow, as that path is for your steps alone.”  ~ Jerry Garcia The wisdom of Jerry Garcia resonates with me as the wrathful fingers of winter turn into the chilly, wet hands of spring.  I search for my path.  A place to watch and dream from afar; to…

Let The Show Begin…

“She sang as if she knew me in all my dark despair, and then she looked right through me as if I wasn’t there…” The eyes, resting on you and only you…and as much as you try to convince yourself you are dreaming, slowly you are drawn into the spectacle taking place before you. To be drawn into a spectacle…into a dream, that is…

A Vortex of Inspiration in the Depths of Winter

There are those who wake up each morning bathed in a glorious sunrise…steam rising off the hot springs outside their door as they gaze across the sky, admiring a rising sun and the beauty of nature.  A beauty whose only rival is the one they have laying across their chest as they rest in bed. If this is you, then this post will likely…