Have you ever been in a situation, where things don’t go exactly as you planned? Meticulous planning is one thing, but the mark of a true professional is how you REACT in that very moment. Sometimes you need to roll with the punches and ultimately, things tend to work out. Michael Caine once said, “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” As a Trip Director, situations come up and I have learned…

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“…Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools…” I’ve always loved this line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, IF. A framed copy of the poem hung in my nursery as a child, and it remains my own personal manual for how to live a life. I was able to put the above words into practice a year ago. Like many people, I was hit very hard by the Great Recession. In…

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TriAdventure 2012

It all started back in the winter of 2011, when I decided that I needed a good physical challenge, and a friend told me about theTriAdventure: a challenge to conquer a 3 km swim, 15 km run, 15 km canoe and 140 km bike over a weekend in August. It sounded like an arduous feat, but when I discovered more about this awesome charity, I was pumped! Since then, I have been competing in triathlons and my life has never been…

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Turbulent Times

    “Turbulent weather creates incredible beauty in nature. Perhaps we can say the same of the human experience.” – David Graham

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Be Still And Listen

“Be still and listen [to yourself]” Iyanla Vanzent said over and over again to the 8,500 life seekers at Oprah’s Lifeclass on Monday night – David and I included. Those words went from my brain straight to my heart. This afternoon, I went to the library [as I do every Saturday] and grabbed Annie Leibowvitz’s Pilgrimage, a coffee table book of photographs that she took of landscapes and rooms because she recognized that she was seeing the world and various…

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The California Contributor

Hello from sunny Hollywood, California. Let me first congratulate David Graham on the launch of EDGE 3, and say how excited I am to join his team as the California Contributor. I first met David at sea back in 1993. I was a young actor not long out of his teens teaching kids about the history of ship travel and the marvels of the night sky aboard the SS Majestic. David was The Majestic’s cruise director and supervised the training…

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