The other day I was with my four-year-old son in the yard when we noticed an airplane zooming overhead. “If you could fly anywhere in the whole world, where would you go?” I asked. Without hesitating, he cried gleefully, “McDonald’s!” I laughed, but realized that because of his limited experiences, that probably was the […]Read more "Dreaming Bigger"
Here we are in the middle of Banned Books Week (September 21-27), where librarians, teachers, and avid readers from across the globe are celebrating the books which have been censored throughout history and their right to read and think about whatever they wish. This may not seem important to you… unless you’ve been in […]Read more "Banned Books Week: My Story of Censorship"
The soft Tuscan sun warms my face, enhancing the beauty of my wife’s smile with its gentle glow. She closes her eyes and inhales deeply, drinking in the scent of honeysuckle and fresh-baked stromboli, hot out of the oven. Without a care in the world, she lies back in the wooden gondola and lets her […]Read more "Writing 101 – Day Two: Escape to Venice…"
A picture of me standing on top of the William Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland, overlooking one of the battlefields where Wallace fought for freedom. So it turns out time machines do exist… Any musician will tell you that music offers the ability to transport its listeners to another place and time, allowing you to […]Read more "Revisiting Scotland: The Gift (and Curse) of Musical Time Travel"
Mars One, a privately funded Dutch project, plans to send the first group of humans to the Planet Mars in the year 2023. Due to the physiological changes this trip would make to one’s body and the length of time it takes to get there, however, this will be a one-way trip. Right now […]Read more "M: Martian Sunset – How Far Would You Go to See It?"
Frozen to the bone on a 45-degree morning this past Saturday, and feeling more than a little foolish in my borrowed spandex riding suit, I was determined to be fearless and make it all the way to the finish line. My goal for the day? To bike 40 miles through the beautiful Texas Hill […]Read more "F: Forty-Mile Flop: Biking Through the Texas Hill Country"