Welcome to “Kurt’s T&D+Life” blog. This is a collection of topics and writings on my two favorite topics, Training & Development and “Life” in general. Much of this blog are my thoughts on current topics in Training & Development, including links to articles and stories I find worth noting in the T&D world. Equally important to me are articles and stories about a topic I like to call “Life and How To Live It.” I feel strongly that this world needs more thought and discussion around how to lead a more fulfilling, productive life.
Here I want to share some personal information about me, in order to give some perspective on my site. So here are some “fun facts” that pretty much sum up my journey thus far:
– 8 colleges & universities attended (thanks primarily to U.S. Air Force relocations), B.A. in Economics, currently studying for M.S. in Instructional Design.
– 43 states, 16 countries, and some cool towns visited, including London, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, St. Moritz, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Santiago, Asuncion, Sao Paulo…
– Other unique places visited: Strait of Magellan; Sao Paulo airport (where I met my wife); Florianapolis, Brazil (honeymoon); Iguazu Falls, Brazil; Dachau Concentration Camp; Feldkirch, Austria (where my ancestors were from); Roswell, New Mexico; Carlsbad Caverns bat flight; Ed Gein’s empty gravesite; Jesuit ruins in Paraguay; strip searched on border of Belgium/Netherlands; many rare corners of Northern California; 20 Major League Baseball stadiums and counting; and best of all, I’ve eaten chili on a chilly night in Chile.
– Hobbies: Baseball (both MLB and my son’s high school team); classic science fiction movies/TV programs (and by classic I mean anything from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s); reading any history, classic literature, or “historic literature” (I love reading about how regular people lived their day-to-day lives during the big historical moments); love having fun with aliens and zombies; vegetable gardening; exercise.
- Too many jobs to describe over my lifetime, but here’s a taste: served in both the U.S. Military and the U.S. Peace Corps. That being said, I’ve been happily living my passion working in the Trainer & Development field for the past dozen or so years.
– My life’s theme is to “Question Everything!” and never accept as fact what “They” tell you, until you confirm it for yourself. (“They” being teachers, politicians, government authority, media “experts” and any other so-called experts.)
When the aliens arrive, my first question for them will be “What took you so long?”. (that’s a joke….or is it)