North America

Goodbye USA (for a month)

A central philosophy by which I live my life is Everybody’s got to be somewhere. Sometime, I’ll write a post about that (seemingly) defeatist approach. By the way, it’s not. Right now, I’m watching Delta Jets takeoff here in Atlanta, Ga. as they head who-knows...

It was Ah-maize-ing

It was a lazy Saturday in the fall. We had no plans and less energy. A great day to rest and relax. But suddenly the phone ring. And the day quickly changed course. We received an invitation that was too good to pass up. It looked like we were returning to Kersey Valley. Only this time...

Napa for a Novice

“A hint of fig and oak with a finish of tobacco at the back of your throat.” I don’t even know what that means. In fact, I really can’t tell the difference between Welch’s and the finest box of wine in the land. You see, traditionally I’ve been a beer, scotch, and water...

Gubernatorial Surprise

Earlier this week, I was in the Raleigh airport snagging a flight to New York for a couple of days of meetings. While I was waiting to board, I glanced up from my notes and noticed a familiar face. Not sure whether I was right, I stopped staring. I continued to wait for my chance to board...

Death Defying Zips

Never one to shy away from a challenge – or attempt to impress someone – I agreed to go zip lining. All I know about this event is that it sometimes leads to flesh eating bacteria infections. Although I hate to spoil the suspense, I’ll go ahead and tell you that my flesh...