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Breakfast Conversation with Scott Oki

This morning I had the privilege of having breakfast with Seattle philanthropist and former Microsoft executive Scott Oki. At 65-years-old, Scott looks fit and years younger. His secret for youthful living is simple: Stay active and keep moving. He is diligent about practicing Kung Fu five days-a-week at a Bellevue studio. The black belt started Kung Fu six […]

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Discovering African Hospitality

On our way to a safari, we’ve discovered something wonderful about Africa seldom tauted: The graciousness of its people. While excited about seeing the African wildlife in its natural habitat, we also have discovered a respectful and warm culture of friendly people. I’ve already written about traveling with my parents on this trip. My father […]

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‘Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen’

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not […]

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Critical Thinking versus Negativity

Critical thinkers are thorough and can flush out ideas with both conventional and unconventional perspectives. These people have the mental acumen and courage to challenge popular consensus with reasonable reflective thinking. In the end, they can help clarify goals, examine assumptions, discern hidden values, evaluate evidence, accomplish actions, and assess conclusions Critical thinkers move ideas […]

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Love in Cabo

I was privileged to be a part of a wonderful wedding of two delightful people. He’s a stylish man from Calcutta, India and she a beautiful woman born in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was a destination wedding in the warmth of Cabo San Lucas with the temptation of tequila everywhere. Almost 50 guests trekked to […]

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Reconnect with Family Today

Merry Christmas everyone. Hope all of you are spending time with loved ones. I’m fortunate enough to be spending Christmas with my extended family up at Snoqualmie Pass, watching snow falling while warm in front of a fire. I’ll be up on the slopes later today. Tonight, we’ll be enjoying a big Christmas feast for […]

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Anglo-EU (American) Translation Guide

Having worked with the British most of my career, I could have used this translation guide a lot sooner. The confusion across the channel is just the same across the Atlantic. In conclusion, it seems that  I’ve been always overly optimistic working with the British (haha).

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Remembering 9/11

I’m about to board a flight to London from SeaTac Airport. Ten years ago today, I was living and working in London when a staff member told me that a terrorist had flown a plane into a building in New York City. I brushed it off as misinformation or a possible accident as I was […]

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Enjoy the Surprise Upgrades in Your Life

As a frequent traveler, I’ve gotten free airline upgrades from time to time. If you travel enough, an upgrade can make the time on the airplane much, much better. Anyway, who doesn’t feel good when they get something nice unexpectedly? Several times, however, I was already so tired and grumpy that an upgrade just didn’t […]

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Diversity Spice of Life

As I’ve written many times, I have a great love for different cultures and foods. In Seattle, I’m lucky to have a group of friends who share the same passion. I encourage you to start your own group.

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