Finding inspiration inside a Hawaiian volcano

Downing margaritas on the beach for a week has never been my favourite way to spend a vacation. My whale-belly-white skin could never tolerate it. Besides, I prefer adventures off the beaten path, usually out of range of any wi-fi or data service.

My most recent off-grid adventure took me inside an active volcano for some much-needed energy and inspiration. Continue reading “Finding inspiration inside a Hawaiian volcano”

Why a 5-yen coin hangs in my office

In the mid-1980s I had been living in Japan. When I left I was flat broke with nothing but a few coins in my pocket, and a suitcase full of cassettes of new-age music—a brand new genre that had barely reached the shores of North America. I got a job right away working at a radio station in Los Angeles that experimented with that relaxing music. Continue reading “Why a 5-yen coin hangs in my office”

Here’s what happened when I went a week without social media

I have embraced electronic communications since I was really young. Staying connected is just one of those things that makes the world more interesting. In 1995, twenty years before Facebook, I had a pager connected to my email so that I could get “instant messages” including email and news updates anywhere. Yes, a pager. But in those days, we were willing to look ridiculous to stay connected! Continue reading “Here’s what happened when I went a week without social media”