Children & Family

3 CIA Travel Tips for Minimalist Packing

Greetings Everyday Spy, I was recently on an international call with my buddy Bret from Baltimore.  Bret is a good dude working full-tilt to grow business and family.  At least once a month, my son asks if we can go back to Baltimore to visit ‘Mr. Bret’s house.’ He loves Bret’s man-cave (long ago turned […]

An Open Letter to CIA Officer Amaryllis Fox

Greetings Amaryllis, I’ve been seeing your name a lot these days. Between Google’s algorithms, Apple’s PR people, and US media outlets, you are popping up everywhere! You look happy, confident, and successful. Well done. I don’t think we met while we were at the Agency together. Not unless we crossed paths getting coffee or burnt […]

#SPYHACK: CODEWORDS

Greetings Everyday Spy, Welcome to your newest #SpyHACK! Over the last year, my children have become very comfortable living in hotels. I remember thinking of hotels as exotic destinations when I was a kid. Summer vacations to visit family in Indiana or Maryland were torture except for one thing – the Best Western hotel we […]

Beating Back Bullies

Greetings Everyday Spy, Three years after leaving CIA, my (growing) family of three had settled into a comfortable life in southern Florida. My wife and I were working for a Fortune 10 company. We lived near family and enjoyed time with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. My son, Sina, spent his weekends digging holes and […]

Combating Negative Thoughts

Greetings Everyday Spy, In the Middle East, the desert sand blows all day long. There are different types of sand. Some sand is heavy and course. Other sand is as fine as powder. It takes a big wind-storm (aka: Sand Storm) to pick up the course sand. Sand storms are rare but can cause significant […]