Random Musings

2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get… Continue reading 2012 in Review

Random Musings

A Day to Be Thankful

While you should be thankful for what you have everyday of the year, I think that Thanksgiving provides a great opportunity for reflection and evaluation of where you are in life and how you got there. This year, these are the things I am thankful for and, more importantly, the reasons why: 1. My Health...specifically… Continue reading A Day to Be Thankful

Fitness, Random Musings

Why Knee Surgery is Good For Workaholics

For the past four years (and my whole life) I have been a workaholic and a busybody. Every weekend was something else,  a conference, a retreat, or a campus event. Even weekends when we were off I tried to get as much done as possible because who knew when I'd have another free day. I… Continue reading Why Knee Surgery is Good For Workaholics

Random Musings

Leaving a Better Planet to our Kids

What changes can you make to impact your world? In preparation for the "Think Globally, Lead Locally" themed Leadership Conference at UC Merced, I read the book written by our keynote speaker. "Ten Ways to Change the World in Your 20's", by Libuse Binder is a book that provides people interested in making a difference… Continue reading Leaving a Better Planet to our Kids

Random Musings

Two Crazy Weeks

These past few weeks have been intense and the reason why I missed a blog post but now I want to reflect on these crazy two week. On July 14th we took a leap of faith, packed up a truck, and moved 336 miles north to Merced, CA. We had two days to get moved… Continue reading Two Crazy Weeks

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Europe and Back Again: Episode Italy

We arrived in Italy and took the train from the airport to Rome, my favorite city on this trip. Our hotel in Rome was near the Piazza Navona, which was where we had our first taste of wonderful Italian pasta. After our driving adventures in Greece we decided that tours and trains were the better… Continue reading Europe and Back Again: Episode Italy

Random Musings

Europe and Back Again: Episode Greece

This past summer Virginia and I flew over to Europe for a three week trip in Greece and Italy, two countries I had been wanting to visit for a long time. We first arrived in Athens during the major austerity issues, protests, and riots. Luckily we missed the violence each time we arrived in that… Continue reading Europe and Back Again: Episode Greece