So, time to give up?

When hearing my business accomplishments lauded over the years, deep down inside, part of me is saying, “Ha! little do they know! It was all due to one simple trick: a willingness to work just a teeny-weeny bit harder than anyone else.” I’d learned working harder isn’t much more difficult, because most people quit so soon. Persistence does not mean you always win at everything. What it does mean is that failure isn’t seen as an end, but as a step in the process. Let me explain. Continue reading

Finding a Daughter on 23andMe – the rest of the story

My very first newsletter (9 newsletters ago) was the story of finding a daughter I did not know about.  She found me using 23andMe, reached out and made contact.  If you missed that newsletter, you should read it.  You will find it here:  No doubt several of you have imagined… Continue reading

Best Motorcycle Mishap Ever

One of the most humbling experiences of my motorcycle career was attempting Trials Riding. Trials bikes are purpose-built motorcycles supporting a very precise and particular sort of riding competition. The sport is generally referred to as “mototrials” or “motorcycle trials” and is big in Europe, South America and other parts… Continue reading

Newsletter #6: The book is out

Late last year I was talking with my friend, Rich Marin.  Rich is recently “sort-of” retired.  Although moving from New York City where he’s spent most of his career, to his new permanent residence near San Diego a few months back, he’s not yet grasped some of the key aspects… Continue reading

The original “Subscribe here” request

Several significant and momentous events in the past couple of years have me wishing I stayed in better touch with my family and friends. I should have maintained my old email newsletter. That newsletter, graciously described as “a horrid, holiday-family summary run amok,” or by others less gracious as “Larsen’s… Continue reading

The Exquisite Copper Canyon and Some Amazing Paintings

I’ve gotten a few questions about my motorcycle ride in Mexico’s Copper Canyon and its timing, right before my second OH surgery.  Here is some background on that trip and most importantly, some of the photographs that led to paintings by my wife, Maggie, who is an artist with a… Continue reading

Health Issue (Part 3 of 3): “Oh, oh, something is wrong – no, really wrong.”

Recovery from my April 2015 OHS (open heart surgery) seemed to be going splendidly except for a persistent cough.  It would just not go away. Recovering in San Diego, we consulted respiratory experts at Scripps Memorial Hospital, but no cause was found.  Back at Mayo in Phoenix, experts diagnosed it… Continue reading

Health Issues (Part 2 of 3): Yes, they operated on kids back then.

Face it, at my age (69), a primary topic of conversation with friends relates to health and our various ailments. When younger, this drove me nuts. I swore to myself I would never indulge this sort of behavior.& But that was before I knew I’d have health issues that would… Continue reading

Health Issues (Part 1 of 3): You’re not going to believe this!

Having Open Heart Surgery at 15 years old in the summer of 1965, I became somewhat of a medical anomaly. As unusual and traumatic as that was, I managed to up the ante 50 years later and heart issues have been my primary concern the past few years. I’ve broken this story into 3 short bite size “parts.” Continue reading