Children & Family

#SPYHACK: Treating Field Wounds

Greetings Everyday Spy, In 2012, my wife Jihi and I went on a 3 week trek around New Zealand’s South Island. We were escaping the rainy season in Bangkok to take a few weeks of much needed R&R (rest & relaxation). The South Island scenery was incredible and the weather was perfect. It was an […]

Spies, Friends, and Fitness (Part I)

My friend Alex rocking his baby to sleep (photo credit: Alex VanHouten, founder of DefiningDadBod.com) Greetings Everyday Spy, In the history of awkward conversation starters, I’ve discovered a surprisingly terrible ice-breaker… “Hi. I’m Andy. I am a former CIA spy.” You would think a statement like this would trigger immediate interest, right!? It doesn’t. A […]

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 […]