The Ohio Farm

This is where I grew up and lived until I was 23 years old, and it is also where I will retire.

Looking towards my brother's property from my back yard

Looking towards my brother's property from my back yard

My brother's house and the barn

My brother's house and the barn

A view west from the farmhouse that Frank Wilcox made famous in one of his paintings

A view west from the farmhouse that Frank Wilcox made famous in one of his paintings

My Mom and Dad

My Mom and Dad

Mowing the new planting of trees

Mowing the new planting of trees

The woodlot with a fresh cover of March snow

The woodlot with a fresh cover of March snow

The Texas Ranch

I've called Texas home since 1981 and we've had this place in Conroe since 1999.

The hacienda with Mexican plum, Mayhaw Hawthorne, and Redbud in bloom

The hacienda with Mexican plum, Mayhaw Hawthorne, and Redbud in bloom

Redbuds and Mexican plum

Redbuds and Mexican plum

Parsley Hawthorne

Parsley Hawthorne

The TEXAS garden

The TEXAS garden

The Texas state flower, the Bluebonnet

The Texas state flower, the Bluebonnet

Can't have a ranch without a tractor

Can't have a ranch without a tractor

And it isn't Texas without some great BBQ - and this old hoss, even though on it's last legs, still can churn out some delicious oak wood BBQ

And it isn't Texas without some great BBQ - and this old hoss, even though on it's last legs, still can churn out some delicious oak wood BBQ

Bangkok and ChiangMai Thailand, October 2011

I started my career with ExxonMobil working in the Khorat Plateau of North-Central Thailand and never tire of returning to the "Land of Smiles".

The Oriental - the best hotel in the world

The Oriental - the best hotel in the world

Lotus flower

Lotus flower

Rice paddy in the Mandarin Oriental village, ChiangMai

Rice paddy in the Mandarin Oriental village, ChiangMai

One of the highlights of the trip for me was taking a cooking class with my daughter

One of the highlights of the trip for me was taking a cooking class with my daughter

Aelish and Chef at the market.  Part of the class was a trip to a traditional Thai market - very cool

Aelish and Chef at the market.  Part of the class was a trip to a traditional Thai market - very cool

Running low on sauces?

Running low on sauces?

Budhist temple, Chiang Mai

Budhist temple, Chiang Mai

The property at the MO ChiangMai was huge so we travelled around on bikes and had a blast racing at night - here is John hossin' it

The property at the MO ChiangMai was huge so we travelled around on bikes and had a blast racing at night - here is John hossin' it

Thai girls and Thai silk

Thai girls and Thai silk

Modeling Jim Thompson at the Bamboo Bar, Oriental Hotel, Bangkok

Modeling Jim Thompson at the Bamboo Bar, Oriental Hotel, Bangkok

Lake Como, Italy, December 2010

After living in the Middle East for 4 years and then Indonesia, we decided to take a cold weather trip to Lake Como, Italy - it was marvelous.  We stayed at the Villa Bellini on the property of Villa Passalacqua, a "5 star property that runs from high up in the village of Moltrasio all the way down to the lake's shore.  Over the centuries, the Villa Passalacqua has played host to numerous musicians, artists, writers and statesmen including Napoleon Buonaparte, Vincenzo Bellini and Winston Churchill."  http://thevillapassalacqua.com

The Villa Bellini

The Villa Bellini

Lake Como as seen from the Villa Bellini

Lake Como as seen from the Villa Bellini

A view of the lake past the giant pine tree

A view of the lake past the giant pine tree

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree

The Villa Bellini rooftop terrace

The Villa Bellini rooftop terrace

Villa Passalacqua from the lakeside road

Villa Passalacqua from the lakeside road

Our daily UPHILL walk to Mass - what a blessing

Our daily UPHILL walk to Mass - what a blessing

The village of Moltrasio from the top of the hill

The village of Moltrasio from the top of the hill

Ciao Bella!!!

Ciao Bella!!!

Our own orange tree

Our own orange tree

Sunday Lunch

Sunday Lunch

The Sommelier

The Sommelier

Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

I made a "business" trip to the Great Barrier Reef to study the reef around Heron Island as an analogue to our Banyu Urip oilfield in Central Java - SWEET!

The lagoon of the reef platform interior

The lagoon of the reef platform interior

Heron Island beach at low tide

Heron Island beach at low tide

Giant clam on the platform interior

Giant clam on the platform interior

Nesting turtle returning to sea

Nesting turtle returning to sea

Driftwood in late afternoon

Driftwood in late afternoon

Losari Coffee Plantation and Resort, Central Java

The Losari Coffee Plantation and Resort is one of the most beautiful places on this earth and is one of my all-time favorite vacation spots.

The original Dutch plantation house

The original Dutch plantation house

The path to our "joglo" villa

The path to our "joglo" villa

Gunung Merapi as seen from the main lawn

Gunung Merapi as seen from the main lawn

Joglo Bella Vista

Joglo Bella Vista

Giant bamboo

Giant bamboo

The coffee roaster - take that Starbucks!

The coffee roaster - take that Starbucks!

Freshly roasted beans

Freshly roasted beans

Freshly roasted beans and gulah merah snack - as good as any chocolate you have ever had

Freshly roasted beans and gulah merah snack - as good as any chocolate you have ever had

Jamu - a health drink made out of rhizomes, leaves, herbs, and spices

Jamu - a health drink made out of rhizomes, leaves, herbs, and spices

Bali, April 2009

Bali is the exotic island everyone has heard about - and that we have had the privilege and pleasure to visit

At my sister-in-law Jeanine's house. YES! She lives there!

At my sister-in-law Jeanine's house. YES! She lives there!

On the way to Ubud we encountered a Hindu festival parade

On the way to Ubud we encountered a Hindu festival parade

Kids will be kids

Kids will be kids

Chasing away the evil spirits

Chasing away the evil spirits

Spectacular river gorge, Ubud. We hiked down to the river and went white-water rafting.

Spectacular river gorge, Ubud. We hiked down to the river and went white-water rafting.

Balinese temple and pond, Ubud

Balinese temple and pond, Ubud

Austria, April 2008

We visited Austria in 2008 to visit my son Patrick who was spending a semester with Franciscan University in Gaming.

In front of St. Stephens, Vienna

In front of St. Stephens, Vienna

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel

Stift Melk

Stift Melk

Washing down the schnitzel and sausage

Washing down the schnitzel and sausage

It was cold and we walked a lot so we had to carbo-load

It was cold and we walked a lot so we had to carbo-load

Hong Kong - one of my favorite cities

I've been to Hong Kong many times - beginning in 1983 when we started drilling in the South China Sea.  It remains to this day as one of my favorite cities in the world.

Neon lights - 24/7

Neon lights - 24/7

Chinese tea tasting and ceremony

Chinese tea tasting and ceremony

Hong Kong Island, Central at night

Hong Kong Island, Central at night

A night on the town

A night on the town

New Year's Eve at the Four Seasons Hotel

New Year's Eve at the Four Seasons Hotel