Expanding the Definition of Adventure

What is your next adventure?" is a question that audience members frequently ask. I never know how to respond. After a lifetime as an mountaineer and trekker, my answer might seem odd to some. Do I yearn for the summit of another distant peak? Well, yes. And no. Consider the tragedy on Mont Blanc this summer, the deadliest mountaineering accident [...]

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Re-Defining Adventure: The One Minute Mystic

The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. - Albert Einstein The One Minute Mystic A young woman on the phone [...]

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Shangri-La Found

Through rutted winding streets of Kathmandu Dodging crowded humans, cows, dogs, rickshaws Everything moves like slow fluid in this atmosphere Thick as dreams With sewage, incense, dust and fever And the smoke of brick kilns and cremations Tom Kelly's bike rumbles down - on the Tibetan side of town. My intention was to sneak across the Tibetan border and travel [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stop Being a Wise Guy and…Play!

You heard it here first. Serious work is about to become a thing of the past. Not because of robots and cybernetics but because a serious work ethic is an outdated approach to the exigencies of our time. And you, as an ever-adaptive human are going to have to start playing more to survive. Sapien means wise and homo means [...]

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Living, Laughing Naked on the Beach: The Yaghan Way

For centuries, the Yaghans of Tierra del Fuego never bothered to invent clothing. In the coldest, wettest most miserable climate in the world they ran around naked... laughing... fishing... making love... telling stories crouched around fires on the beach. They didn't invent clothing because it wasn't a good idea. Since it rained most every day, anything they put over them [...]

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For Speakers: How to Cast a Magic Spell

Last year, after twenty-five years as a full-time professional speaker, I finally decided I had accumulated enough knowledge and experience to take on the most challenging adventure of all. I became a speaking coach. Words are magic. Alepho Deng learned this in Africa as he sat around the fire in rapt attention, gape-mouthed, as his father spun true tales of [...]

By | November 13th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Speaking|0 Comments