PADI Master Instructor Honors Lives Lost on USS Emmons in Okinawa

PADI Master Instructor Honors Lives Lost on USS Emmons in Okinawa


I’ve been featured in the PADI online blog for the distinctive specialty I created to both better train and educate divers about deep, open-ocean werck diving, but more so, to honor those sailors who served and those who lost there lives aboard the USS Emmons during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. PADI blog posted … Continue reading

Sayonara, Okinawa!

Sayonara, Okinawa!


“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Recently Jody and I had to say our goodbyes to our beloved Okinawa, a land that we called home for the last 3.5 years.  I’ve written extensively about saying goodbyes during our last couple of … Continue reading

The Angelic Villas of Bidadari (Bali)

The Angelic Villas of Bidadari (Bali)


Bidadari Villas at Ubud is a Balinese destination in and of itself.  It is, at once, a physically amazing place.  Lush, beautifully landscaped grounds surround opulently appointed private townhomes, perfect for a romantic stay or better yet a honeymoon. As its name implies – “Angel,” Bidadari certainly holds a lease on a little corner of … Continue reading

Okinawa’s Hedo Point:  Go North, Young Man

Okinawa’s Hedo Point: Go North, Young Man


“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson A drive north along Okinawa’s rugged coastline mimicked by Highway 58 can be quite refreshing, at least once north of Nago, having left behind the hustle and bustle red-lighted, gridlocked traffic of southern Okinawa in the rearview mirror.  But sometimes, contrary to the cliché, … Continue reading