Author Archives: David A Olson

About David A Olson

I often find my mind wandering to various subjects, subjects that make me stop and think. The blog, Musings of a Middle Aged Man, is a catalog of those thoughts I muse upon as I search for significance in life. I am the father of 3 children and the grandfather to 2. I spend my days working for a medium sized multinational corporation where I am an Agile Coach. I view myself as a Servant Leader, have a passion for leadership, particularly, in helping people develop their individual leadership skills and abilities. In October 2012, I went to India on business. After a week of being there, I still had not talked to or texted my 7-year-old grandson. He asked his mom, "Is Papa dead? He hasn't texted me all week." To facilitate communication now that he and I no longer live together, I started a blog for us to communicate. It's titled, "Correspondence Between Luke and His Papi". In April 2013, I moved to Pune, India on an 18-month delegation. It's an adventure that was 1.5 years in the making...The experience is captured on my blog, "The Adventures of an American Living Abroad" My two latest blogs are "The Learning Leader", a topic I have been studying since 1990, and "Lipstick on a Pig", a foray into the fashion sense of this middle aged man.

Jordan, Part 4 of 4, Biblical Sites

Do I begin with blasphemy and refer to these stories as the origin myths of my people or refer to them as actual historical sites undergirding the Christian faith? I live somewhere betwixt and between these two extremes…just enough verifiable … Continue reading

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Jordan, Part 3 of 4, Petra

Petra is THE jewel of Jordan. By contrast, our hotel in Petra was on the very basic end of basic, especially when held in contrast to our luxurious suite in Aqaba. Twin beds instead of a king. The room was … Continue reading

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Jordan, Part 2 of 4, Wadi Rum and The Red Sea

Valley of the Moon Wadi Rum, known also as the Valley of the Moon, is a valley cut into sandstone and granite rock, a combination making for some startling scenery. It is the largest wadi (valley) in Jordan. Prior to my wife’s investigations, … Continue reading

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Jordan, Part 1 of 4, The Dead Sea

I have walked in the ancient steps around the world. The ones touching me deepest, Ephesus comes to mind, are those associated with my natal mythology, my childhood creation stories. Not because I believe any mythology carries more validity than … Continue reading

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Fare Thee Well, Uncle

As for me, I would rather Be a worm in an apple than a son of man. But we are what we are, and we might remember Not to hate any person, for all are vicious; Ang not be astonished … Continue reading

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Thoughts on an Airplane and in Tiny Hotel Rooms Halfway Around the World

26 Jul 2019, Thoughts on a Plane 01 Paradise. What if you came across an offer to rent paradise, a paradise sans the 72 virgins promised to martyrs, at a rate of $340 for 8 hours. Would you do it? … Continue reading

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Tree is We But We are Not Tree

The long, leisurely drive from Garden of the Gods to the Comfort Inn in Alamosa where we will hole up during our visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park takes us by the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. It … Continue reading

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