July 22, 2019

Is the Camino Dangerous?

A few days ago, my friend and former FBI agent and world traveler, Mike, asked my wife, Aurora, and me about the dangers in walking the Camino.  It was an excellent question. In 2015, my fellow Thunderbird School of Global Management alumna and Camino pilgrim Denise Thiem, was murdered while hiking the Camino alone.  Police suspect the killer, a local resident, altered the […]
July 15, 2019

The Saddest Sheep in the World

We headed out once again on the Way of Saint James feeling as if things were starting to go our way—the day before, the heavy rains subsided and the sun made a brief but welcome appearance.  Shortly after, a small snack shop appeared along the Jacobean route which raised our spirits considerably.  While our raincoats dripped puddles of water on the wooden […]
July 15, 2019

New Year Resolutions

The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect upon the past, perhaps learn from its lessons and consider options going forward into a New Year and a new decade. In looking back, I have to admit 2019 was a roller coaster of a year in terms of publicizing and marketing a new book–my first book. I have […]
July 10, 2019

Hiking the Camino

July 10, 2019


As a former Boy Scout, I have been indoctrinated with their laconic motto “Be Prepared.” If you are planning on hiking the Camino or the Way of Saint James to Compostela in Spain, it behooves you to indulge in a bit of Boy Scout-like preparation. Gear, including clothing, should be considered way in advance, if anything to see how much […]
July 7, 2019


Sitting in the hotel lobby, the words of Con Sweeney, my elementary school friend and consultant, reverberated in my brain, “you may not see it now but eventually these things will thread together.” He was referring to several part-time jobs that had followed me into retirement. The prophecy relating to my prospects had come about during our weekly venting session. […]
June 8, 2019


Well, you’ve landed on the right blog. The historic Camino de Santiago or “The Way” (as in the actor, Martin Sheen’s 2010 movie) is a long hike—some 500 miles to be exact.  The Camino Frances or French Camino is the most popular route beginning in the Basque Pyrenees in France and concluding in Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner […]