Yep, that was me hoisting a Mai Tai on Maui. It’s one of the adventures I’ve been fortunate to experience as a travel writer and publisher of a magazine about sacred places. I also hunted tigers in India (with a camera), swam with dolphins in Florida, and made fire with a hand drill in a Maori village in Kenya.
I’ve danced by starlight on top of Machu Picchu, gone snorkelling in Micronesia, explored Pulau Tiga island in Borneo where the first season of Survivor was staged (the mud volcano is real), and touched the holy rock in Jerusalem where it is said God commanded Abraham to slay Isaac.
But travel was not my first line of work. My earliest job was a movie theater usher, where I learned how to use a broom and dustpan. Some of the cinematic masterpieces we showed were Call Me Bwana and The List of Adrian Messenger. I later delivered pizza, washed windows, mowed a golf course, and bused tables.
After studying Communications at Michigan State University and getting a B.A. with a major in broadcasting, I worked at several small market radio stations. doing everything from spinning records (this was back in the days of vinyl 45s) to reading the news and writing commercials.
I later got a job in a TV station, where I wrote, produced and directed commercials and industrial videos, wrote press releases and even scripted a few special programs and a musical-variety series. The commercials I created helped clients that ranged from local mom and pop operations to international corporations.
Today, I still work as a webmaster and Internet marketing consultant. I write and edit content and desktop publish flyers for clients near my home base in British Columbia, Canada and across the continent as far as New York.
For the better part of two years I published a consumer travel magazine, Power Trips, that focused on spiritual travel to sacred places. There are still a few back issues of some of the 13 bi-monthly issues available.
I’m a past president and now an honorary lifetime member of the British Columbia Association of Travel Writers (BCATW). For a while I was also president of the BC chapter of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC).
When I’m not working, I love rainforest hikes, walking gentle mountain trails, and watching birds – from herons at nearby Burnaby Lake, to bald eagles that gather around rivers where salmon spawn. I’m nuts for ethnic food – especially Asian delicacies at hole-in-the-wall cafés. I can order aloo gobi in Punjabi and har gao in Cantonese.
I’m also dad to two lop-eared bunnies I’m fostering as part of the volunteer work I do for the local House Rabbit Society chapter, vrra.org.
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