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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Now Available in Paperback!

“How did you end up in Korea?” is a question that most people have asked when they learn that I have lived and worked in South Korea. “I turned left at Japan,” I’ve often replied, tweaking a famous line from The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night when John Lennon was asked, “How did you find […]

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Stopping by a Palace on a Snowy Morning

An excerpt from my soon to be published novel about life in Korea. Snow began to fall on a late Thursday afternoon. By eight that night, when I finished teaching, there was about an inch of snow on the ground. It was coming down hard, wet, and thick and would continue to snow throughout the […]

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Review in Three Wise Monkeys

War Remains recently got a nice write up in Three Wise Monkeys; immediately it was linked to another Korean website. It’s nice to see the novel finally getting more press here in Korea and other places. On Amazon, seven readers have left reviews. Word of mouth. That’s what it’s all about.

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Back to school; back to normalcy

After a four-day mini vacation, Chuseok or Korea’s harvest holiday (people sometimes mistakenly call it “Korean Thanksgiving” which I think a lot had to do with finding an English-word equivalent), it’s back to school. And not a moment too soon. Don’t get me wrong, I love having a couple of days off now and then, […]

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The kimchi smelled so strong…

that on a recent bus trip from Daejeon to Seoul, the bus driver stopped the bus on the shoulder of the expressway and made an ajumoni, who had brought a large container of this potent pickled vegetable onto the bus, get off the bus and put it in the luggage compartment under the bus.

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Waking up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Coming Soon!

Almost finished. Editing my manuscript and preparing it for Smashwords (Ebook) followed by Lulu for the paperback edition. Here’s a little taste of what awaits you in this journey through Korea in the 1990s: Although I hadn’t noticed it before, as soon as we walked out of the hotel, we were greeted with the cold […]

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The Original Task Force Smith Memorial

On July 5, 1950 US troops in the hastily assembled Task Force Smith took on over 20,000 North Korean troops and 33 Russian T-34 tanks. Their objective was to delay the advancing North Korean forces to buy time for other US troops arriving in Korea. Perhaps some felt that once the North Koreans got a […]

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Face-Off

I wasn’t sure about this advertisement I saw in the Seoul subway the other week; not really sure what a slice of bread and an American football had to do with a person’s face. Then of course, there was the blatant misuse of English. From what I was able to translate, this is an advertisement […]

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Picture of the Day: This old building in Daejeon

About two months ago, Aon, Jeremy Aaron and I were walking down this side street near Daejeon Station when we saw this brick building. It seemed out of place, architecturally and much older than the surrounding buildings. I’m guessing it was built by the Japanese during the Japanese colonial period and somehow managed to survive […]

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Along comes Maeri

I thought for sure we would get more rain here in Daejeon today, but it looks as though Tropical Storm Maeri is losing strength as it moves northward and across the peninsula. However, the storm wreaked havoc in Taiwan and the Philippines (they also seem to get hit the hardest). Lots and lots of wind […]

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