June 2015 - June 2017

12 May 2015

Hanover, New Hampshire

If you were founded on July 4th before the Revolution, you know you're old-skool. No wonder Hanover flaunts the fact a little. Plus, the Appalachian Trail passes right through town.

1 May 2015


If you're headed to Provincetown, MA, this month or next, click the Twenty Summers link for a calendar of events at The Barn. On June 5th I'll be interviewing songwriting badass Stephin Merritt about words like aa, ka, oe, qi, xu . . .

25 April 2015
From the inbox

I got this tattoo a year and a half ago. My best friend paid for it as my christmas gift. I always meant to send you this so hopefully you would know I appreciate your work. It is on my right shoulder above a tattoo of peacock feathers.


[See October 15, 2014 (below) for a kite tattoo comparison.]

10 April 2015

Marion, Ohio

Next time you're in Marion, Ohio (maybe after you visit Warren Harding's gravesite and before you visit prisoners at Marion Correctional Institution), definitely drop by the Wyandot Popcorn Museum for "the world's largest collection of popcorn poppers and peanut roasters!"

My guide John, a Marion native, rattled off 50 different varieties of popping corn in 60 seconds.

9 April 2015

we'll be ever true to your honors

31 March 2015

we'll be ever true to your honors

13-28 February 2015

13 February 2015

8 February 2015
The (805)

we'll be ever true to your honors

28 January 2015

16 January 2015
León, Nicaragua

Yo soy el caballero de la humana energía,
yo soy el que presenta su cabeza triunfante
coronada con el laurel del Rey del día . . .

10 January 2015

Ometepe, Nicaragua

Ometepe offers visitors two volcanos. Maderas on the right is dead or dormant. Concepción on the left isn't, and its summit is the highest point of any lake island in the world.

2 January 2015

1 January 2015

2 November 2014
Dallas, Texas

This is one of the more historic National Register of Historic Places places in Dallas--the theater where Lee Harvey Oswald fled after assassinating JFK (and shooting Officer Tippit just down the street). It's still open for showings.

31 October 2014

Dallas, Texas

25 October 2014

Vilnius, Lithuania

I didn't know, when we were setting up the stage letters for Forum One, that Jean-Claude Van Damme would be demonstrating Corpse Pose there two days later. During one of the calmer segments of my interview with him.

21 October 2014

Vilnius, Lithuania

15 October 2014


Yeah, I thought I recognized the two ladies in the second row at Page Meets Stage.

11 October 2014

Ipanema Beach, Rio

8 October 2014

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The view backstage at TEDGlobal. This is about 45 minutes after Dr. Yunsheng Su pointed at this creation of his and said: "Imagine me and my wife inside, making baby!"

11 September 2014

San Francisco, California

Just hanging with prosthetics sculptor Sophie de Oliveira Barata at lunch when she pulled a foot out of her handbag . . .

28 August 2014


11 August 2014

The City by the Bay

9 August 2014

Angel Island, California

4 June 2014

My latest TED Talk, about my adventures with four in the morning, is here if you're interested. It's a follow-up to my 2007 TED Talk about . . . my adventures with four in the morning.

Talk trivia: the watch I'm wearing was a TED speaker gift in 2007. The batteries are long dead but I thought it would be appropriate to set the hands to 4 a.m. and sport a little theme-bling.