Five Minutes With... Col. Peter V. Huisking (Ret.)

Retired Colonel Peter V. Huisking has had an outstanding career in the United States Army that has spanned a quarter century. He also happens to be my father, and I couldn't be more proud of him. I sat down with him recently and asked him about that Army Life, family, sustainable geopolitical diplomacy and more.

From the congressional record: "Colonel Huisking has served at all military echelons from platoon to the Army staff. He has led American soldiers as a platoon leader, a company commander, and a battalion commander. He served as a intelligence officer in key positions from Artillery Group to Major Army Command. 

His service has been characterized by his emphasis on two key elements: training for war and taking care of soldiers. These paid off during the successful deployment of elements of his battalion to Desert Storm. 

In the words of Maj. Gen. John Stewart, the Assistant Chief of Staff, G2, U.S. Army Forces Central Command, during the gulf war: 'Lieutenant Colonel Huisking's tireless, professional, and consistently correct staff work was a major factor in the success of Intelligence and Electronics Warfare during the Persian Gulf War. A great job.'"

I hope you enjoy his enthusiasm and insight.

Hasta pronto,

--Thomas

Five Minutes With... Ramon Gil

Ramon Gil is an artist, scientist, and  visionary who has spent the last 20 years on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua--a place with no automobiles, limited internet service, and millions of stars when the sun goes down. 

You would like it.

This man is the owner and creative force behind Ensueños, enchanting cabañas built in a sustainable way among coconut and fruit groves that will remind intrepid travelers of Robinson Crusoe, Gilligan's Island, and Swiss Family Robinson (depending on how old you are!). 

I recently spent a week at Ensueños, walking barefoot among plantain and almond trees, pineapples and iguanas, combative crabs and the ubiquitous coconut. It was a powerful juxtaposition to my life in Los Angeles, and I was incredibly struck by how happy Ramon and his family are. 

Enjoy!

--Thomas