Blake's Blog

Happy-Go-Lucky


It occurs to me that, at least on some level, the terrorists have made inroads....

Public Speaking, Stage Fright, and Beyond


I have a friend. Let’s call him “Smith,” because he...

Recollections from the Sea: 17 Reasons Why Snorkeling Is Not for Me


(1) Proper snorkeling begins at dawn. That's insane. This is...

Karma Cab


The hotel calls a cab for me, which arrives promptly. Early, in fact.

My...

Otherworldly "Photographs"


Next time you're searching for computer desktop/background/wallpaper images, promise me you&...

Original Starbucks


Before dinner tonight, I found myself in the very first Starbucks -- the one that...

Brian's Brain


I was exhausted last night as I shuffled onto the plane in the dark amid...

Yearlong Worldwide Sabbatical


Well, this is a neat idea!

Mike Gathright, a professional acquaintance, is now 8...

International Travel: Packing List


Don't say I never gave you anything practical!

Attached is a great checklist...

From The Greatest Good to The Great Wall


Having described Grand Canyon & Grey Towers and a great haunt in Toledo, I'...

When in Toledo, Eat at Packo's


I'm a sucker for great, small, fun, authentic... 'dives and diners.'...

Grand Canyon & Grey Towers: The Greatest Good (photojournalism)


In the past couple weeks, having sprinted from working with groups in the Department...