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Interview with author of Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom

In advance of the release of Calculated Risk, the news web site Reston Now published an interview. See the full story here.

My biography of Gus Grissom will be released next week by Purdue University Press, and I’ll be signing copies on May 13 in Chicago during… 8 more words


Apollo 1: The Crew of a New Machine

Fifty years ago on this date the crew of the first manned American Apollo mission was announced. Gus Grissom was named commander of the three-man crew that included Ed White, the nation’s first spacewalker, and rookie Roger Chaffee. 500 more words


Getting Your Shit Together: A (Very) Rough Guide to Making a Lifestyle

I do get asked reasonably often how I managed ended up leaving my old career and traveling, working in Antarctica, taking long breaks in between, etc.  1,533 more words

Waxing Philosophic

'Fire! We've Got a Fire in the Cockpit!'

On this date in 1967, a few ticks past 6:31 p.m. EST, a blowtorch fire erupted in the crew cabin of the Apollo 1 spacecraft during a launch pad test at Cape Canaveral, Florida, The spacecraft was pressurized with pure oxygen, the cockpit filled with flammable materials. 376 more words


Guest Author KS Ferguson

In my recent invite to authors KS Ferguson was swift to respond and provided an insight into her writing methods, novels and views on publishing. There’s a lot to chew on, so I won’t take any more of your time. 2,013 more words

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When Is the Last Time You Went Outside Your Comfort Zone?

I recently went outside my comfort zone, when I biked across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Sure, I was with 100 other riders, I slept in hotels on two nights, and I knew I had the security of the SAG truck that would pick me up if I couldn’t complete the day’s ride. 386 more words

Advice For Financial Planners