Archive for March, 2013

Kepler Track

Kepler Track

The highlight of my trip to New Zealand was hiking the Kepler Track in Fiorland National Park. The 60 km trek begins with a gradual uphill walk from Te Anau to the Moturau Hut on Lake Manapouri. The second day…

Rotary District 9600 Conference

Rotary District 9600 Conference

I learned a lot at the conference over the weekend and heard many great speakers. I enjoyed spending time with the Peace Fellows and the other two Ambassadorial Scholars, Erika Kataoka and Terry Vo. The highlight for me was catching…

9600 District Conference

9600 District Conference

I’m away this weekend at the District Conference. I’m excited to hear the keynote speaker, Li Cunxin, who has received worldwide recognition in the Australian film Mao’s Last Dancer.

Dunedin

Dunedin

Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city and has lots of buildings with Scottish influence. Another reason people visit Dunedin is the Otago Peninsula, where numerous endangered birds nest. My backpacker friends and I spotted some albatross and penguins while enjoying…

ORQ7 Money

ORQ7 Money

Amelia & Adam Greenhall and I launched the seventh issue of The Open Review Quarterly, a collaboratively edited online literary journal on modern culture. The topic of this issue is “Money,” and we had submissions from six writers and three artists….

Unpacking Again

Unpacking Again

    I made it safely back to Brisbane after 2.5 weeks in New Zealand. An incredible adventure deserving of half a dozen posts. Check back soon!

Brisbane Transportation

Brisbane Transportation

One of the reasons I love living in Brisbane is that it has a fantastic transportation system. The commuter rail takes me to the Rotary meetings in Brisbane’s distant suburbs. The ferry service glides me down the Brisbane River to…

Frank Rothermel

Frank Rothermel

My former baseball coach Frank Rothermel has concluded his year as the District Governor of my sponsor district. A quote from a recent article on Frank: “His enthusiasm for the worldwide service organization is contagious, and a characteristic that served…

Pine Rivers Rotary

Pine Rivers Rotary

I spoke at the Pine Rivers Rotary, and it became clear to me from the start that this is a very active club committed to  community service. The club is the host club of a newly arrived Ambassadorial Scholar, Terry…

Current Loves: Summer

Current Loves: Summer

It’s rainy and muggy, so I’ve focused my attention away from climbing and toward various projects. In my free time, I’ve been listening to lots of music, writing songs, playing guitar, reading, and exploring the cafes of Brisbane. Here are…