Archive for August, 2012

New Business Cards

New Business Cards

  The Rotarians and others I’ve met seem interested in both my professional and personal interests. I wanted my card to share a little of both. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @michaelahillen  

Fundraising at the Home Festival

Fundraising at the Home Festival

I joined the Rotaract Club of South Brisbane a month ago. Today we were fundraising at the Home Festival, a community market in Kangaroo Point. I left impressed with the generosity of Australians. Hundreds of community members chipped in to…

Back to Mt. Tibro

Back to Mt. Tibro

James and I climbed the six-pitch Sunburnt Buttress of Mt. Tibrogargan. Though a more challenging climb than my previous ascent, I felt more comfortable with the exposure. I led three of the pitches, enjoying one of them more than almost…

Packing for Adventure

Packing for Adventure

Packing for adventure should take 20 minutes. Any longer turns a trip into an ordeal instead of a simple routine. I streamline packing by always having gear organized. Here’s my list. I have lists for various kinds of adventure (bike…

The Ekka

The Ekka

My Rotary host counselor Allan Male invited me to the Ekka, Queensland’s 137-year- old agricultural show. I was among the 70,000 who spent the national holiday enjoying the rides, games, horse shows, and strawberry sundaes. The festival introduced me to…

Current Loves

Current Loves

Read: Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Drink: Chai tea at 3 Monkeys in West End Listen: “Ocean” by John Butler Music venue: The Joynt near South Bank Shop: Avid Reader on Boundary Street. Do: Indoor climbing at Urban Climb…

Transportation & Obesity

Transportation & Obesity

At my speech to the South Brisbane Rotaract Club tonight, I discussed the transportation-obesity link. This is the United States I have grown up in. Some scholars predict Generation Y to be the first generation in American history to have a shorter…

Ride up Mt. Coot-Tha

Ride up Mt. Coot-Tha

Last weekend was my first weekend in Brisbane since I first arrived. I biked up Mt. Coot-tha, the highest point in Brisbane. I have spent most my time in the three locations noted above. I research at the University of…