Hello, and welcome to my humble abode.
I started this site to share my passions for music, travel, social entrepreneurship, and language, and to explore how those passions fuel me and our family here in Portland, Oregon. My wife Kirstin is an amazing woman, jewelry designer, knitter, crafter, consultant, and mom to our two boys Casey and Griffin.
Music was an essential part of my childhood growing up. I started learning violin through the Suzuki method at the age of four, and participated in private lessons, band camps, and youth orchestras through high school. The classical training I received morphed (rebelled?) into playing electric bass and singing in a college rock band in New York City. I currently play the bandolim (Brazilian mandolin) in two local Brazilian music bands and lead the second mandolin section in the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra (yes, that’s a thing!). You can learn more under the Music tab.
My love for travel (some call it wanderlust) started at a very young age. Commercial aviation has been a passion of mine ever since I was a child dreaming of sitting in the pilot’s seat. My parents used to take us to visit extended family in Thailand every three or four years. I have a hazy recollection of crossing the English Channel. We’d take long road trips down the East Coast to Florida, or to visit friends across the country.
In November of 2011 I started the Choro Music Project, a social entrepreneurship using a portion of my Brazilian music profits to help small businesspeople around the world. I accomplish this by funding microloans through Kiva. Learn more about my project and donate to help here.
This love of discovery of other faraway places naturally fell hand-in-hand with language learning. I grew up in a bilingual household speaking native English and Thai as well. Not to say that I’m fluent, but I have really enjoyed dabbling over the years in Portuguese, Italian, French, and now Spanish. I am a firm believer in multilingualism, and we decided to send both Casey and Griffin to the Arco Iris Spanish Immersion Charter School in Beaverton, Oregon.
Thanks for stopping by!
Obrigado, Ciao, A Bientot, Hasta Luego