Writing from Experience

April 15, 2020

Many writers write from experience. Me, too! I use my experience in IT, business leadership, travel and family archiving to write helpful nonfiction.

From my decades of IT and business leadership to traveling around the world several times over to spending many hours digitizing, securing and sharing my family's memories, I write from vast experience.

That holds true for me. I worked decades in working in information technology. Now I spend my time traveling, preserving my family's memories and writing, writing, writing.

IT and Business Leadership

As a highly successful global business leader, I've built my career by consistently delivering growth and performance improvements. My career reflects a unique combination of established Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, joint ventures and private equity investment companies.

I applied my wide experience to each new job or project. My goal always was to build relationships between executives, middle management and staff in all departments. After analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, I worked with my clients or organization partners to create plans that made the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time. Now, I run my own consultant business, PAK Systems.

Over the years, I've worked on huge IBM mainframes, written and debugged software, set up the IT infrastructure for international shopping networks. I've worked for myself and for Fortune 500 companies. I've led people and projects and divisions. I've done it all. I share my views and advice on PAK System's blog and LinkedIn.


My wife, Madeline, and I started traveling together in 1999. In 2005, we married. Together we’ve lived in Chicago, Minneapolis and Dallas. Currently our home base is Denton, Texas, just north of Dallas. There are many reasons why we travel, but the most important is spending time together.

Both our parents wanted to travel more. My parents died earlier than expected so they traveled primarily in their 40s, and it was generally within the U.S. to see family or for business conferences. Sometimes I went along. They always wanted travel more later in life but neither of them got the chance.

Madeline’s parents also planned most of their travel for their golden years. Her dad was a traveling salesman for most of his life but still took road trips with his wife and daughter. Later, Madeline’s parents did some traveling, mainly to Hawaii and Alaska on cruises. They also went on a guided tour group of Europe. However, they said the golden years were not so golden because they were both tired. The travel they dreamed of never materialized.

We didn't want what happened to our parents to happen to us. So we've been traveling. We've visited more than 50 countries on all seven continents. In those travels we've experience more than 3300 attractions and tours. We've seen the world.

With all this travel comes experience. We've learned what you should see and what you can skip. We know what the good hotels and cruises are. And we can recommend some really good restaurants. I share this knowledge on my travel blog, Go Go 2 Slow Go. I focus my writing on traveling as an older adult, as we slow down. But our travel stories can enjoyed by anyone.

I've also written more than 1500 reviews on TripAdvisor. And I answer many travel questions on Quora, especially those related to Japan, where I've lived and traveled for many years.

Family Archiving

Paul has been preserving family memories for a long time. He and his wife, Madeline, have inherited and collected things from parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and their own travels. They wanted to preserve their heritage and share it with their children.

I have converted VHS and cassette tapes, 35mm slides, Kodak and Polaroid photos, 8-track tapes and plenty of old media into a current digital state. And with my long-time IT experience, digitization is something I'm comfortable with. I can help you get comfortable with it, too. Visit Preserving Family Memories to learn how you can start archiving you family's memories.

Social Media

I use social media as a way to let people know about the latest in my digital writing. Below are the links for the social media outlets I use to keep readers in the know:



Go Go 2 Slow Go

Preserving Family Memories


PAK Systems


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