Wine Tasting in Las Vegas

Throughout most of my adult life, I’ve lived relatively frugally.  I don’t indulge very often in expensive habits…Skiing is one.  So it is pure decadent indulgence to fly down to Las Vegas for the Wine Spectator magazine’s annual gourmet wine tasting.  Indeed, this was a new life experience for me.  I have my good friend[…]

I Love My Job

  A couple of decades ago, my wife Susan and I worked as entertainers on cruise ships.  Often the entertainers sat together at mealtimes.  A common observation was that the job of being a comedian was the most difficult of all the entertainers.  Having to be funny for ten or fifteen minutes before a group[…]

Perspectives on Swedish Culture

This blog was written in April, 2009, while on tour with my Swedish-Indian band, Mynta. Personal perspectives on Swedish Culture Rural Sweden in Early October Let me begin by saying that I love my country.  I consider myself to be mightily blessed to have been born in the USA.  I’ve heard similar sentiments expressed by[…]

Amazing Iceland

We flew overnight via Iceland Air, leaving Minneapolis in the early evening, and arriving in the early morning after a six-hour flight. We rented a car for our island travels (which was very expensive–$560 for four days in a Subaru station wagon).

Dinner With Pakistanis

For the past few years, Susan and I have been hosting foreign visitors who tour the US sponsored by the State Department and the Northern Nevada International Center. We have hosted Chinese, Russians, Turks, various Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans. We even provided accommodations to a mayor from a village in Tajikistan for ten days.

Detroit: The beautiful and the ugly

This essay was written in March, 2008, with reflections on visiting Detroit and living in Reno, Nevada. Taking off from the Reno airport, climbing over the desert…over the dry bed of prehistoric Lake Lahontan…over the mountains of Nevada, then Utah and Wyoming…snowy peaks visible between the clouds.  Landing at Chicago’s Midway Airport, it’s amazing to[…]

Good Ideas

The first general session used as its starting point a book by Steven Johnson entitled: Where do good ideas come from: The Natural History of Innovation. I had not read or heard of the book previously. The discussion was conducted by a group of five or six Fielding professors and perhaps fifteen or so students seated in a circle and lasted three hours.

Alternative Energy Essay

I began a discussion on the subject of alternative energy production with my visiting European energy expert, my longtime friend, Per. (Per is Norwegian, but has lived in Kiel, Germany, for several decades.) Per is an expert in many aspects of alternative energy generation. He holds the European patent for a Biomass Generator, that could greatly increase the storage and recycling energy currently squandered in disposing of tons of urban biomass waste.
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