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  • Notes From: Singapore

    Notes From: Singapore

    Singapore was our final destination on the Asian continent. I’m still still wrapping my brain around this interesting city-state. It’s different but familiar. In many ways, it feels like “The Las Vegas of Southeast Asia.”

  • Notes From: Malaysia

    Notes From: Malaysia

    It’s not that I had never heard of Malaysia but I didn’t know much about it. That seems to be the situation for most people I know. When they heard Kuala Lumpur was on the list they always asked, “Where is that?”

  • Notes From: Thailand

    Notes From: Thailand

    Thailand is known as the land of smiles. It could also be known as the land of malls, traffic, food, and energy. I was happy to be back in this country and show the family around.

  • Notes From: Vietnam

    Notes From: Vietnam

    Our next destination was the largest city in Central Vietnam: Da Nang. Most people will visit the much larger cities in the North and South but we wanted something a little less touristy. We got it.

  • Notes From: Hong Kong

    Notes From: Hong Kong

    For the next leg in the trip around the world, we took a five hour flight over the East China Sea and landed in Hong Kong aka The City of Skyskrapers. For this flight we took the airline HK Express because it had direct access at the right time. (In all of our flights, we don’t…

  • Notes From: Japan

    Notes From: Japan

    This is my fourth time in the Land of the Rising Sun. It remains exciting and new. If you like to explore, there is something to discover around every corner.

  • Notes From: Australia

    Notes From: Australia

    We enjoyed this week in The Emerald City. For a third stop, it was just enough foreign while also staying familiar. I’m glad to have finally seen the Australian continent of this beautiful world.

  • The Legacy of Samuel Stucki

    The Legacy of Samuel Stucki

    Of all the men I’ve never met, perhaps none have influenced my life more directly than Samuel Stucki. He was born 200 years ago today in Switzerland. It was January 18, 1824.

  • Notes From: New Zealand

    Notes From: New Zealand

    When people ask about our family adventure, it’s never easy to list through all the destinations. It doesn’t really matter though because most people stop us after the first country. 

  • Notes From: Hawaii

    Notes From: Hawaii

    The first stop is a familiar place that gets us halfway across the Pacific and just slightly adjusts the time zone.

  • The First Person Problem

    The First Person Problem

    There is a habit on social media that isn’t very social. Let’s call it the “First Person Problem.” It is the tendency for a person to constantly steer the conversation to be about themselves. 

  • This Beautiful World

    This Beautiful World

    The next travel goal: travel in one direction around the whole world.

  • October 2023 Stockpile

    October 2023 Stockpile

    This stockpile post includes great taste from my daughter, a link to another Renlund masterpiece, a new sign for our door, and Warren Buffett stealing my idea.

  • Smell Training: A process that has helped me regain my sense of smell

    Smell Training: A process that has helped me regain my sense of smell

    I lost my sense of smell and I’m working to get it back. I don’t know if this works for everyone, but it’s been productive enough for me that I thought I would share it.

  • Notes From: Wheel of Fortune

    Notes From: Wheel of Fortune

    We brought our girls to LA to watch the Wheel of Fortune get taped.

  • Notes From: Mexico City

    Notes From: Mexico City

    “Notes From” is a series where I share notes and observations from recent adventures. This time it was Mexico City.

  • How do I know whether the thought I have is my own or if it’s from the Holy Ghost?

    How do I know whether the thought I have is my own or if it’s from the Holy Ghost?

    Highlighting one small lesson from a talk full of great lessons.

  • July 2023 Stockpile

    July 2023 Stockpile

    This stockpile post includes an awesome zoo in Belgium, a podcast for your next long drive, some reusable water balloons, and a salsa drenched sandwich recommendation.

  • Three Tips for Social Media and Young People

    Three Tips for Social Media and Young People

    The American Psychological Association has released a health advisory regarding social media use in adolescence. I agree with much of what was written in the document. Here is a post with three pieces of actionable advice that I would suggest to every parent.

  • Never Forget You

    Never Forget You

    It was twenty years ago today that my nephew Evan passed away from SMA. With the approval of my sister (Evan’s mom), I share with you a blog post from the week of his death. I hope that you’ll remember him with me and listen to his song.