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Preparation

How to Grieve Like a Spy and Turn Loss Into Strength

Greetings Everyday Spy: Everyone will experience loss in this lifetime, but spies know how to grieve and turn loss into strength. Grief is the only pain you are guaranteed in life. But that pain does not have to destroy you. I grew up believing I was born a bastard child; a son without a father […]

EDJACKAL: A Spy’s Reading List

Greetings Everyday Spy, I recently traveled abroad to meet with a friend and former covert CIA Deep Cover officer.  The sensitive nature of his previous work and the fact that his CIA affiliation remains undisclosed prevents me from sharing his true name. But despite the long list of rules and regulations that keep officers like […]

Combating Coronavirus: Prevent the Pandemic

Greetings Everyday Spy, Fears of the Coronavirus are spreading faster than the infection itself. You’ve seen this happen before.  Let’s review the other ‘fatal pathogens’ you’ve survived in the last two decades. SARS (SARS-CoV) was confirmed in 8000 cases over 26 countries in 2003. The Avian Flu (H5N1) caused global fears in 2006. The Swine […]

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 […]