A long and safe life, or a short and daring adventure?

By | September 16th, 2015|Adventure|

Which would you choose? A long and safe life, or a short and daring adventure? “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly [...]

“Heck yeah!” My WDS Experience in 2015

By | July 29th, 2015|Adventure|

This was the last big year. Starting in 2016, the World Domination Summit will limit ticket sales to 1000 people, instead of the 3000 people it's been for each of the 3 years I attended. Photo courtesy of Armosa Studios and Chris Guillebeau My friends organized themselves into 3 groups of people this year: Ticket [...]

The Breath of the Neutral Mask

By | November 9th, 2014|Adventure|

Who are we before we become the character? That is the question that the Neutral Mask seeks to answer. "There are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common." - Jacques Lecoq It has been years since I have studied the deep and [...]

The Merits of Failure

By | March 25th, 2014|Adventure|

Danger Man was the greatest failure of my life. (And in a life as adventurous as mine, that's really saying something.) This week I entered the Don Quixote Windmill Contest, a video competition for a $10,000 prize. The hosts of the competition are looking for the Best Bad Idea. The purpose of the Quixote's Windmill Prize [...]

An Eternal Moment Onstage

By | February 7th, 2014|Adventure|

For that one moment, I stretched far into the future. We stood in a circle, about fifteen people at the east corner of the room, holding opposition against a group twice the size of ours, standing far on the other side. We had been asked by the leaders of the Oregon chapter of the National [...]

Thank You, America: Kings of Convenience

By | November 25th, 2013|Adventure|

I have been back in America for only a week, and I must confess: I love it. Everywhere I go, everything is laid out to make it easy to do what I want to do, or to have what I want to have. After living for three years in the secluded jungles of Costa Rica, [...]

Sugar is good for your BRAIN!

By | July 22nd, 2013|Adventure|

One of the peculiar novelties about Costa Rica is the cultural belief that sugar has lots of health benefits. This could be due to copious planting and harvesting of sugar cane within the country, or it could be because there are not very many country-wide communications except for advertising. Unlike the United States, you can [...]

End of the World Domination Summit – Day 3 #WDS2013

By | July 7th, 2013|Adventure|

An Exceptional Experience. (You can read about Day One and Day Two of my time at the World Domination Summit if you need to catch up.) The volunteers, in particular, really rocked it. In addition to high-fiving everyone as they entered the Schnitzer concert hall, and maintaining the atmosphere of fun and frolic, they were masterful [...]

Thank you, Mercury Retrograde – Day 2 #WDS2013

By | July 6th, 2013|Adventure|

I now accept the unexpected during Mercury Retrograde, which has given me the ability to ride its currents into magical new places. I'll give you an example. (It's a long story, so stick with me.) I missed my MAX stop at the end of a long day at the World Domination Summit, and a series [...]

Perfect day in Portland – Day 1 #WDS2013

By | July 5th, 2013|Adventure|

This was easily one of the best days of my life. The day started with a 45 minute bike ride into downtown Portland, along the Willamette bluff, watching the city rise and wake. I found a place to meditate, and then I rode through the ever-expanding Pearl District, going to revisit old familiar landmarks, and [...]

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