ANNOUNCING THE WORLD TO THE WISE PODCAST!

The time has come! Announcing the World to the Wise podcast, designed to inform, enlighten, inspire, and stretch the borders of your thinking. In a sense, this podcast has been percolating in me for a long time. They say a blogger is supposed to stick to one theme — at least initially — and become […]

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Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy

In my last post, I mentioned being impacted by J. D. Vance’s powerful and tragic book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. My wife and I actually read it together — sort of. I read aloud to her while she crocheted — a favorite pastime of ours. Although Vance calls the […]

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Love Thy Other

In his book Cultural Intelligence (a phrase I happen to use quite a bit), David Livermore says the “first step toward becoming culturally intelligent is to become more aware of our own cultural identity.” The last few weeks have shown me — and us — that we in the US don’t know ourselves as well as we […]

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Beyond Sightseeing

In my last two posts I’ve talked about the first ever partnership between World to the Wise cultural tours and Journey Arts Collective, where we took a group of thirteen creatives from the Nashville area to experience some of the magic of Western Europe. Not only did we have the privilege of introducing them to […]

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A Gift from the Past

It seems each time my wife and I take a group to Europe, even though we visit many of the same places each time, there’s always some new surprise that awaits us. Earlier this month, World to the Wise partnered with Journey Arts Collective to take 12 creatives to visit some of the world’s greatest […]

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A Creative Journey

What happens when you put 15 creatives in the same plane, train, bus, or automobile for almost two weeks, where they are not just sightseeing but being asked to reflect, observe, and create? My wife Becky and I have just finished conducting the first ever tour where our company, World to the Wise, partnered with […]

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Esperanza en Colombia

I find it more than a little strange that there seems to be so little press coverage — or interest — in what is happening among our neighbors to the south. If Secretary of State John Kerry hadn’t been in attendance, chances are the signing of a momentous peace accord in Colombia would have gone even […]

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Season 1 Wrap-up

This week we wrap up what for me has been a great ride, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too. It’s been roughly 6 months and exactly 25 episodes since we launched in April, and we’ve been to a lot of parts of the world in that short time. The great thing about podcasts is […]

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Gullah Culture and the South Carolina Low Country

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending Labor Day weekend in the Charleston, SC area. Besides some great time with family and enjoying Folly Beach, we also did a tour of Charleston led by a guide named Alphonso Brown. Mr. Brown is Gullah. Know what that means? He is part of the Gullah […]

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An Amish Odyssey

I hope you have already listened to last week’s episode, where I interviewed journalist and author Jeff Smith about his experience reconnecting with childhood friends Bill and Tricia Moser. At Tricia’s invitation to visit them on their new farm in rural Michigan, Jeff had a rather large surprise waiting for him. The Mosers had left the […]

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Becoming Amish

Are you still in touch with the people you grew up with? Like the next door neighbor near your age or kids you went to elementary school with? Me? Not in the least. The fact that we moved around a lot didn’t help that much, but it’s rare these days even for people who were […]

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