Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar
Bangladesh
Dhaka
Ukraine
Kiev
Maine
West Bath
Bangkok
Cambodia
Siem Riep
Bhutan
Paro
Nepal
Dhulikhel
Katmandu
Sri Lanka
Colombo
Kazahkstan
Ust-Kaminogorsk
Ekibastuz
Astana
Georgia
Tbilisi
London
France
Avignon
Arles
Aix
Trigance
Cannes
Paris
Brussels
Bulgaria
Sofia
Slovakia
Bratislava
Czech Republic
Kosice
Prague
Budapest
Warsaw
Polynesia
Bora Bora
Huahine
Germany
Munich
Oberamergau
Pragsattel
Australia
Jeeralang
Yarra
Townsville
Collie
Brisbane
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Singapore
Peru
Lima
Brazil
Porto Alegre
Sao Paulo
Argentina
San Nicolas
Swaziland
Mbabane
Tokyo
China
Changzhi
Lixian
Cili
Qingtao
Wehhai
Wuhan
Beijing
Hong Kong
India
Agra
Jaisalmer
Jaipur
Mumbai
Jharsuguda
Madras
Bangalore
Varanasi
Bhubaneshwar
Islamabad
Musafaghar
Pakistan
Delhi

Blog

Huffington Post: Advice for Geezer Skiers

Huff Post

I am part of an informal group of skiing enthusiasts. We meet once a year for four days, all at US venues in the west with challenging terrain for the serious skiers and nice hotels for the less dedicated. We all went to Yale and graduated in 1966, so if you do the math you will find that all of us have long since become eligible for social security, but none of us admit to taking the money. We also eat and drink and brag about our health and our children and our jobs. It used to be the reverse order, which is why I never go to reunions where there’s no physical activity and lots more bragging. But time changes things, and now at these annual gatherings there is, as one classmate beautifully put it, “less show of plumage.” Continue reading

Share and Enjoy
Posted in Funny Essays, R.F. Hemphill, Travel Tips | Comments Off on Huffington Post: Advice for Geezer Skiers

Too Hot for Huffington Post: Sean Penn—Dead Man Walking, for Real This Time

Huff Post(Author’s Note: This article was published January 28 on Huffington Post but was later inexplicably removed.)

Suppose that you are a ruthless drug lord, even a diminutive one, running a completely illegal billion dollar a year commercial operation that sources drugs in central America, processes them, and then arranges to smuggle them across the border to the apparently infinite US market. Since everything that you do in your business is outside the law, you have to live by a different set of business practices—you have to intimidate, harm or kill people who let you down, who try to compete with you, who violate agreements with you or fail to act as promised. No taking them to civil court and suing for specific performance. No use of the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Continue reading

Share and Enjoy
Posted in Funny Essays, R.F. Hemphill | Comments Off on Too Hot for Huffington Post: Sean Penn—Dead Man Walking, for Real This Time

Huffington Post: 6 Things Your California Water Utility Should Do Right Now, The Heck with El Niño

Huff PostIt seems a bit strange, I will admit, to sit here writing about water shortages and droughts and rationing while my roof is leaking in two places, into a carefully positioned large blue bucket and a smaller yellow one. And the news is full of forecasts of the coming torrents of rain that El Niño will bring us — not that we’ve seen very much of it yet here in San Diego. Continue reading

Share and Enjoy
Posted in Environment, R.F. Hemphill | Comments Off on Huffington Post: 6 Things Your California Water Utility Should Do Right Now, The Heck with El Niño

Huffington Post: Dear ‘Wall Street Journal’: Bill Gates Is Not an Idiot

Huff PostI love the Wall Street Journal, I really do. I read it every day, all the sections. It’s really the only “national” newspaper we have that isn’t a joke. The New York Times is still too local and doesn’t have enough business news, plus it wears its politics not only on its sleeve, but on both sleeves and on its shirtfront as well. USA Today qualifies in the “joke” category. The Washington Post is a mere ghost of its former self. And I read the Wall Street Journal because by and large the articles are pretty factual and don’t seem biased, at least on the surface. Continue reading

Share and Enjoy
Posted in R.F. Hemphill | Comments Off on Huffington Post: Dear ‘Wall Street Journal’: Bill Gates Is Not an Idiot

Huffington Post: Here’s What Retirement REALLY Looks Like

Huff PostLet’s first make two simplifying assumptions: first, you have, through personal responsibility or choosing the right work situation or just darn good luck, accumulated sufficient financial resources to continue to do the things and live in the style that you lived in the day before you retired. You’re not suddenly wealthy or suddenly poverty stricken. If you are suddenly wealthy, then stop reading this and good luck to you, you fortunate SOB. Send me your contact information. Continue reading

Share and Enjoy
Posted in Funny Essays, R.F. Hemphill | Comments Off on Huffington Post: Here’s What Retirement REALLY Looks Like

Huffington Post: Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

Huff PostWhen I was in high school in Alexandria, Virginia, the football players were gods. It didn’t matter that the football team was terrible. It didn’t matter that we had the stupidest name for a football team ever. The school was “George Washington High School,” and thus our teams were named, unfortunately, the Presidents. Even more unfortunately, this was shortened during cheers to “Prexies.” No one was quite sure what a “prexie” was — a small pretzel, perhaps? Evidence of skin disease? But no matter, to be on the varsity football team and get a big, hulky letter jacket to wear around the school was really cool. By the way, none of the other sports got jackets like these.
Continue reading

Share and Enjoy
Posted in R.F. Hemphill | Comments Off on Huffington Post: Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

Huffington Post: The Flaw in Malcom Gladwell’s ‘Ten Thousand Hour’ Rule

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 3.57.50 PMNot everything works that you try, in business, in love, in sports. Here’s an example: Malcolm Gladwell, in his excellent book called Outliers, expounds an interesting doctrine which most people now call the “ten thousand hour” rule. With apologies for short circuiting it, the idea is that to get really good at something, you have to spend a lot of time working on the particular skill or knowledge set that’s involved, and the minimum time required is ten thousand hours. I believe there is much truth to that. Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but the opposite is by and large true. But there’s a big footnote to that theory. Continue reading
Share and Enjoy
Posted in R.F. Hemphill | Comments Off on Huffington Post: The Flaw in Malcom Gladwell’s ‘Ten Thousand Hour’ Rule

Huffington Post: Why California’s Drought Policies Are Wrong-headed and Won’t Work

huff-post-greenMuch has been written, a good deal of it on the front page of the San Diego Union Tribune and some even in the review section of the New York Times about California’s four-year drought, the shortages it will cause, and what to do about it. Much of it is not particularly sensible. But they’re only reporting what the policy makers have determined. Continue reading

Share and Enjoy
Posted in R.F. Hemphill | Comments Off on Huffington Post: Why California’s Drought Policies Are Wrong-headed and Won’t Work

Huffington Post: 5 International Business Tips for Entrepreneurs and Other Brave Souls

imgresInternational business is a hot topic today. After an unsuccessful attempt six year ago, Coke is even making another stab at an acquisition in China, this time a maker of juices with interesting flavors like walnut, red bean, and oats. But making and selling a product or providing services in a market outside the U.S. can be especially challenging. Continue reading

Share and Enjoy
Posted in R.F. Hemphill | Comments Off on Huffington Post: 5 International Business Tips for Entrepreneurs and Other Brave Souls

Interview with NY Times Bestselling Author Tess Gerritsen

gerritsen150Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list.

Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.

Tess was kind enough to answer a few questions about her writing:

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

When I was seven years old.  I was an avid reader as a kid, and by age seven was already writing my own stories.

 

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to writing?

Figuring out how to tie together all the scenes I’ve already written into a coherent climax and resolution.  I often don’t know who the villain is until I’m about 2/3 through the first draft.

 

What piece of your writing portfolio are you most proud of? 

I’m proudest of my stand-alone novels BONE GARDEN and GRAVITY.

How has writing changed your perspective on other things?

I pay attention to stories all around me.  I think it’s made me more curious about a whole range of topics.  When I travel, I open my eyes and ears to the odd and peculiar or unexplainable, all the little details that make me think: “What if…?”

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on book #12 in the “Rizzoli & Isles” crime series.

For readers who are unfamiliar with your books, what title would you recommend they read first? 

If they’re interested in crime novels, then I recommend they start with THE SURGEON, as it’s #1 in the Rizzoli & Isles series.  If they’re interested in history, then I recommend BONE GARDEN.

RF Hemphill is a former CEO of a multi-billion dollar global electric power and distribution company and is the author of Dust Tea, Dingoes & Dragons: Adventures in Culture, Cuisine & Commerce from a Globe-Trekking Executive.

Share and Enjoy
Posted in R.F. Hemphill | Comments Off on Interview with NY Times Bestselling Author Tess Gerritsen