I’m a family history nerd. (Shameless plug for KevinMDoyle.com) I recently completed a project where I tracked all of my mom’s ancestral lines back to the immigrant ancestors. The closest immigrants to me are still three generations removed. My great-grandfather came over from Croatia around 1910. The furthest generation of immigrants is six generations, Read More

I recently picked up a book by Hal Elrod called “The Miracle Morning.” The book’s central point is given away by its subtitle: “The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM).” Here’s the idea: get up earlier and take a bit of time to exercise, journal, meditate, and establish other healthy habits., Read More

I like to drink. I really like to drink. And if I can find a little, hole-in-the-wall bar, I like it even more. I think one of my favorite things about these places, even more than the booze, is the people who you meet. People in bars. People in dive bars. People in dive, Read More

There’s a cat that lives on the porch of the house where I am staying. He doesn’t belong to my landlady, but she feeds him and gives him a covered house to sleep in on the porch. So, he’s agreed to live with her. He begins his day on her porch. Waking up and, Read More

Travel is safe. Or, rather, travel is safe but with risks. Risks are involved in everything you do. It’s all about being comfortable living with them. I met a lovely woman in Hanoi. She was a little older than me and was traveling by herself. Four of us sat around a table drinking beer, when, Read More