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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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Testors Model Paint

The cool thing about the writing is not just the story, but the little details, the verbal brushstrokes you add to the story that sometimes are from your past; in this case, a little “Testors model paint” that I have one of the characters talking about. It’s just a small detail in the story, but […]

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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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God Speed Alan Shepard

[youtube=] Wow, 50 years ago today. When I was a young boy growing up in Cherry, Illinois back in the early 60s, I was like most young boys who dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Back then, many of our heroes were our astronauts, baseball players, police officers, and fire fighters. What the hell happened?

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Buddha’s Birthday is coming soon

Buddha’s Birthday is just around the corner in Korea, or should I say just around your Buddhist lantern? Today, while Aon, Jeremy Aaron and I were exploring Bomunsan, we stopped to take some photos of brightly colored lanterns at a temple near Daejeon Aqua World.

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When Chester Died on Combat — Growing up with Television in the 1960s and 1970s

Another excerpt from my collection of essays about life in the 1960s/1970s I plan to release on Smashwords, Amazon, and Lulu later this week. This excerpt is still a work in progress and is part of a two-part essay. Portions of this essay appeared as a flash fiction story in Orion headless. One of my […]

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It’s a John Lennon weekend

[youtube=] Yesterday, when I visited Google I was surprised and then moved when I saw the John Lennon animation. It’s a John Lennon weekend and we’re all remembering the man, the musician, the artist, the father, and the husband who touched so many lives with his music. Even my blog has seen a surge in […]

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Pine Mushrooms & Phallic Symbols

Okay, there are a number of things going on in this photo (via the Korea Times), not the least of which are these very expensive mushrooms: Models show top-rated pine mushrooms from Yangyang County, Gangwon Province, during a promotion held in Myeong-dong, central Seoul, Sunday. Yangyang will hold a five-day mushroom harvest festival from Sept. […]

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Picture of the Day: Sawasdee Khrap Ronald McDonald

Got to hand it to the folks who’ve brought us the Big Mac, Happy Meal, and Shamrock Shakes, they know how to market their product overseas, in this case that ubiquitous symbol of fast food around the world, Ronald McDonald who is seen here, outside a McDonald’s in Phuket, Thailand making a “wai” the traditional […]

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Souvenirs or Kitsch?

Souvenirs or kitsch? You be the judge.

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