Myth of the Sniper’s Bullet

Nov 10, 2018
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, I’m posting this story that I wrote after visiting my great-grandfather’s grave at the Somme in…

Why I Broke Up With NaNoWriMo

Oct 30, 2018
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I love NaNoWriMo, which is why this year I’m not doing it. Let me explain. First off, if you’re a writer and you’ve never heard…

Chasing the Middle Ages

Jan 2, 2018
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Following is a piece that will be included in “Pastel and Pen,” a collection of my writing paired with selected pastel drawings by Gregg Simpson.…

Top Memories in Europe

May 16, 2017
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Our five-week trip to Europe in 2017 was a whirl of professional development and business activities sprinkled liberally with many, many great travel experiences. Sometimes…

Bella Roma

Apr 30, 2017
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We are spending nine nights in Rome in April of 2017 during an exhibition of Gregg Simpson’s paintings at the Arte Borgo gallery just around…

Chilling in Hobbiton, the Coromandel, and Auckland

Mar 21, 2016
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Our three-week odyssey is winding down. After leaving Rotorua, we have just six nights left before we must fly home to Vancouver. Our first stop…

Steamy New Zealand

Mar 18, 2016
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We are in the simmering center of the North Island. We spend two nights cavorting among the volcanoes in Tongariro National Park and another two nights…

Windy Wellington

Mar 17, 2016
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After arriving back from our Abel Tasman tour, I throw a few loads of laundry into the machines at the Grand Mercure in Nelson—the same…

Awesome Abel Tasman

Mar 17, 2016
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It’s evening of Day 6 and two sturdy black carry-on style duffle bags are waiting for us in our room when we check into our…

Winding West Coast New Zealand

Mar 13, 2016
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Blog 2 of our New Zealand Adventure starts on Day 4 still in Queenstown, then moves up to Wanaka and out to the West Coast…

South Island Sensational

Mar 8, 2016
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After a pleasant fourteen-hour flight that involves a surprising amount of sleep in addition to three feature-length movies, we land in Auckland, New Zealand, in…

Top Ten Things to do in Venice

Sep 15, 2015
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Here in no particular order, are my suggestions for the top ten things to do in Venice. 1. Buy A Vaporetto Pass Buy a vaporetto…