Thoughts & Sayings (September 2012)

Here are some thoughts and sayings I posted on Twitter and/or Facebook in August. To my knowledge, I made these up (for better or for worse). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the write!

Encouraging Words

1. diverIn the past, now is the future.

2. I’m not perfect, but I’m perfect for you.

3. It’s better to go off the deep end than the shallow end.

4. Can you hope that there’s hope when there’s no hope?

5. Reach for the sky, because if you shoot for the moon you might see stars.

6. I found myself at the Lost & Found.

Twisted Words

7. How many stories are you?

8. There’s no particular reason for this signal. It’s merely taking up space.

9. A dull scientist can be brilliant.

Holidays & Events

celebrate10. August has a dearth of official holidays. Go ahead, pick one from another country and celebrate it.

11. It’s ironic that the movie “Total Recall” forgot to include scenes from the planet Mars.

12. Happy Day 11 of the Olympics, Day 3 of the Curiosity Mars Landing, and 90 Days until the U.S. Election. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Random Musings

wheel13. The squeaky wheel can go find another repair shop.

14. Instead of multilevel marketing, can’t I just stay on the same level?

15. Please don’t forget who I am. Someday I may need to ask you to remind me.

16. Someone told me that I’m such a tweet. I’m not quite sure how to take that.

17. A picture is worth 1,000 words, but it only takes one word to describe a picture.


Images courtesy of Microsoft.

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Outtake Photos from Kilimanjaro

mge-kili-cover-front-thumbKilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill is a finalist for the 2012 Global Ebook Award. The book is a memoir that chronicles my attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. At forty years old and on the verge of a midlife crisis, I tried to change my life by climbing a mountain. This is my true story of facing Kilimanjaro and other challenges at middle age. The book is available to purchase as an e-book and in print on and other booksellers.

Most writers or filmmakers have draft scenes, narrative, or dialogue that they cut from the final version of their books or films. I did the same when I was writing my book, Kilimanjaro. When I decided to add photos, I searched through more than 1,000 photos of the climb and chose dozens that I thought would best illustrate the story. I whittled the final number down to 60. Unfortunately, some great photos in earlier versions of the manuscript did not make it into the final publication. Some did not enhance the story enough while others weren’t clear when viewed on an e-reader. Some were left out to keep the file size of the e-book manageable.

Whatever the reason, here they are…the outtake photos from Kilimanjaro. To enjoy the 60 photos that made the cut, check out the book!

A store near the town of Moshi on the way to Mount Kilimanjaro:

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First glimpse of the Kilimanjaro summit:

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Hiking into the clouds on the Rongai Route:

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Hiking through a dust storm:

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Porters taking a well-deserved break at Camp Two on the Rongai Route:

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On an acclimatization hike between Camp Three and Kibo Huts:

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The Face of Kibo looking down on Mount Mawenzi and The Saddle:

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Hiking in The Saddle between Kibo Peak and Mount Mawenzi:

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Horombo Huts on the Marangu (Coca-Cola) Route:

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Mandara Huts on the Marangu (“Coca-Cola”) Route:

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For a limited time, the Kilimanjaro e-book is on sale at these booksellers:

Kilimanjaro is also available to purchase for $3.99 as an e-book from these booksellers:

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Pick up your copy today!


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Checking in Again

Dear Reader, I was away in July for awhile.  My family and I traveled to Rio de Janeiro and Manaus (in the Amazon Basin), Brazil for a little over a week.  Work has also been ridiculously busy.  I’ve been working something like 70 hours per week now.  I made a conscious effort to slow down this weekend and breathe a little bit.  One of my goals was to go through all the photos I took on our Brazil trip and post some here for your to view, but I didn’t have time (as usual).  I thought I would write a bit tonight and get to work tomorrow or as soon as possible.  More to come…