Death on a Dinner Plate

Early morning Shinagawa view...

Early morning Shinagawa view…

Three days into this journey, I began to grow seriously concerned about the structural integrity of my waistband. And the day after that, I resigned myself to a bleak future of dieting, possibly culminating in liposuction. And all this from letting my wife plan the trip.

My Dad Died 10 Years Ago Today

I still remember the moment I knew — really knew — that my dad was dying.

I was in a cheap hotel in Bangkok, lying there awake trying to sleep. I’d received an email that day which said my dad had been ill, and they were sending him for some tests. One of the last lines read, “You should probably come home.”

Belém — Touching Portugal’s Globe Spanning Past

I recently spent a couple of Lisbon days exploring one of the cities most interesting suburbs.

This is probably the best section of the city in which to get in touch with Portugal’s glorious past.

It was from Belém that the explorer Vasco da Gama set out to India by sea in 1497.

Bringing Dreams to Physical Reality — The Magic of Print

I got a sneak peak inside a crucial part of the publishing industry last week when I was given the opportunity to tour Lowe-Martin’s Ottawa St. Laurent facility — where Outpost and other fine magazines are printed.

Exploring Old Haunts

My visit to Canada is drawing to a close.

I spent the past weekend exploring old haunts with my friend Rob Wilson, partner in crime from many teenage exploits and camping expeditions.


A Dose of Blue Truth

Every once in a while a book comes along that shakes up your perspective, and provides deep insights into your past and present.

This is one of those books.

Blue Truth by David Deida showed up out of nowhere, at a time when I’d been struggling with a sense of stagnancy in my craft, and with the path I’ve chosen through life.

Is There Any Hope for the Next Generation?

Know what shocked me the most about my trip home last Christmas?

It wasn’t the snow or the miserable cold, or the strange local accent I thought I’d forgotten.

It was the fact that my friends kids sit inside all day and play video games or watch TV. All of their activities are organized for them. And they frequently complain of being bored.

My First Magazine Assignment

I still remember when I got the call to do my first magazine assignment.

It was in the spring of 2005. I’d just sold my first big feature to Outpost, about an expedition by camel into the sandy wastes of the Taklamakan Desert.

Book Signing Update and Pics

I promised to give you an update on the signing I did at Leeds County Books this past week…

Despite a blizzard that smothered the region in several inches of snow, the turnout was excellent.

Tasting Rum in Barbados

I was in Barbados for work a couple weeks ago. We had meetings of course, but most of the time we sat on the terrance of our rented villa, with laptops open next to a windswept view of the sea.