Live in Colorado and love to travel. Traveling has enriched my life, introduced me to great friends around the world, and reminded me there are quieter and more gentle ways to live than we do here in the US. It's such a nice balancing act traveling and bringing that experience back home to my life and work.
Here in Colorado, I'm a facilitator/trainer/consultant and speaker. I help companies and organizations with the people skills part of business: communication, team building, conflict resolution, listening, being creative/innovative, working together effectively, being accountable and aware, and that sort of thing. I speak to groups about "The Spirit of Leadership" which is really about helping people remember they are always having an impact on the world around them and being more aware of the type of influence or impact they want to have.
I've been an athlete my entire life. After having run a marathon, participated in several half-marathons, five or six triathlons, numerous mountain trail runs, etc, I've settled into a mode of being happy being active and doing some sort of physical exercise regularly. Being in Colorado, I love mountain biking and do a lot of road bike riding in the summer for conditioning.
I'm also a barista, love to cook and bake, am skilled as using a hammock, love to read and write, enjoy people immensely, feed the birds when I'm home, garden....I have a full life. Perhaps we'll meet on the road somewhere in the world?
March 10th 2011
I met Wayan my last visit in Bali, yes, the same Wayan Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about in "Eat, Pray, Love". She asked me to do her a favor so I'm using this medium to ask for help. When she was able to purchase her home, someone loaned her money for her water system. It was a significant amount of money but she has lost the contact information for this person and wants to pay them back. If you have ever visited her clinic and seen the amount of paper work drifting around, thinking of her losing a piece of paper is not surprising. She thinks they were from Australia but is not sure. If you have any information on a friend who might have helped Wayan out, please let me know. Secondly, she sold a statue ... read more
November 23rd 2010
Heads up on my next adventure. I was suddenly grabbed by the idea of going to Borneo in July. After looking it up on a map to discover where it actually was, reading a bit about travel there, and the realizing how much there was to see near there, months have passed in the snap of a finger and I'm about to leave. I'll post periodic experiences here for my friends in Indiana as they are on webTV and don't have a lot of options. Between postings here and at my new website, I'll keep you abreast of what I'm doing, who I'm meeting, what kind of experiences I'm having, how life is shifting and what I'm getting clearer about. Please let me know if you have any specific interest I can look into or simply ... read more
January 30th 2010
After watching sunrise yesterday morning on the dock in front of Tina's Backpacker Hostel, I packed and wandered off to breakfast. I saw my friends off on their journey back to Toronto and headed to the Vega's to hang in a hammock with my remaining time. They made lunch, Maria surprised me with coconut candy, her favorite and she gave me a bag for traveling. I looked once more at the amazing changing colors of the Caribbean between the reef and the island and left for the airport. Wearing shorts and a tank top, I wasn't ready to let go of the warmth just yet. A ten minute flight got me to the international airport in Belize City. It was an adventure getting home. The flight was delayed out of Belize. Weather had us circling in ... read more
January 28th 2010
I just saw off friends from Toronto. They are taking the water taxi into Belize City and then a taxi to the airport. I opted for the extra couple hours on the island and will be taking the afternoon flight to the international airport. Woke at 5:30 this morning. My temperamental camera took several photo's, very shocking. Then, the sun slowly rose behind the clouds sending rays through the clouds into every direction. You'll have to imagine it at the camera locked up then. After some technically advanced tinkering (I pounded it several times), the lens closed and I am able to get it back into the case. Whew! Very awkward trying to get it packed otherwise. Yesterday, I walked the beach and ran into two people fishing. They are from Fort Collins. In the internet ... read more
January 26th 2010
I have one more full day here after today. Still staying at the hostel right on the water. Not great but inexpensive (relatively speaking) and meeting lots of interesting people. Last night was a birthday party for Josh and that was fun! Can't believe I have only one full day left here. Caye Caulker days have a way of meandering slowly, make that sssslllloooowwwwllllyyyyyy. Wake to sunrise, quiet morning, no one around. Slowlllllly walk to Glenda's for breakfast, cinnamon rolls or ....yes, cinnamon rolls. Talk with other customers. Meander back toward hostel, run into some people at Cafe y Amor, more coffee and wonderful conversation. Talk with people at hostel. Read. Go to Cafe El Paso for lunch (yesterday lunch cost me $3 and food was great). Finish lunch and get some sun but only a ... read more
January 23rd 2010
A day on the island. I woke for sunrise and watched the day wake up. My new friends from Canada were leaving for a trip so I saw them off around 7 then I went to Glendas for breakfast. I shared a table with man from Norway. On the way back, I stopped for coffee and spent about 45 minutes visiting with a couple from Maryland who shared how tense their work is and how they are looking for something else to center their life around. The coffee was good. Back at the hostel, I sat and talked with Martin from Argentina who is traveling for several months. Wonderful young man and yes, he does tango. I walked to my friend Shirleys home and we went for coffee. She is the one who told me the ... read more
January 16th 2010
Hello! Tomorrow I will head for Guatemala. Last time, I took the budget and long route. First, a bus to Benque, then a taxi to the border, then through both border/immigration offices, then a walk into town across the bridge, find the market and locate a bus to Santa Elena and then finally hire a taxi to take me to Flores. This time, I'm taking the deluxe treatment. I'll get picked up at my hotel for the ride all the way to the border, cross the border, get on a tourist bus which means NO standing, comfortable seats, AC and a nice ride. All this luxury for the special price of $20.00. I'll spend the night in Flores exploring and perhaps shopping for a few Guatemalan things. The next day, I get on a local bus ... read more
January 16th 2010
Hello! At the risk of spoiling a surprise, I'm posting here tonight. I'm still amazed by how quickly we can move from place to place. A little over a week ago, I was in Lincoln, NE with windchills near -35 F. A week ago it was -5 F at 10:00 pm. Three days ago I was facilitating a video training in Cheyenne with people in three states. Yesterday I was flying after leaving home around 5:30 am. Today I was hiking amidst tropical ruins in Xunantunich. WOW! The trip has been amazing already. I stopped in DIA to buy something in a shop and met a woman from Argentina who has lived in the US for 55 years. We talked while I finished my ordering. She knows how to speak Guarani, one of the tribes down ... read more
March 7th 2009
Woke up in Colorado this morning after a long trip home. Slept well and woke to a gorgeous golden and orange glow coming through the blinds as the sun rose. It was 6:36 am here (11:36 pm in Bali). My body was a little confused. After traveling for over 40 hours to get home, I was home. I woke in the middle of the night from a deep sleep and was a bit disoriented. So many hotel rooms over the past month left me wondering which direction the bathroom was in? Oriented, it felt like a long walk compared to the rooms I have stayed in. A few steps into the journey, I realized I was feeling something funny, what is this? Oh, I'm cold! I'm back in Colorado? At first, I thought I was in ... read more
March 4th 2009
While sitting in Ubud and enjoying it thoroughly, I considered staying there until I needed to leave. It would have been so simple to relax, eat good food, experience some healing or yoga and take a taxi to the airport for my departure. As nice as that thought was, it never felt right. Thus, I set out on a shuttle for Sanur and my friend Mary's. My friends who I had crossed paths with several times, Steve and Elizabeth from Canada who were to leave a day or so before, showed up moments after I arrived at the Perama bus spot. Marti from Dewa's took me with my backpack on his motor bike so it was a lot cooler arrival than walking with all that load. Shopping does tend to increase the volume and weight of ... read more