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Crossing the Isthmus of Panama with Howard and Other Stories, Part 5 — Coming soon

It’s about time for another installment of my life in Panama 76-78. When the holidays roll around, I often think back to when I was stationed at Howard Air Force Base in the Panama Canal Zone. It was my first time away from home during the holidays and for all the years that I have […]

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Bah! Humbug!

And while we’re all getting in the Christmas Spirit, how about some holiday cheer from North Korea…. This is from the Chosun Ilbo: Christmas Tree to Twinkle Over Inter-Korean Border Again South Korea will light up a giant Christmas tree overlooking the heavily armed border with North Korea for the second year running. A government […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life: The best Christmas movie ever

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJfZaT8ncYk] There are Christmas movies and then there are Christmas movies—movies, which have become perennial classics and movies that can be watched over and over from one generation to the next. One such movie is It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) directed by Frank Capra that has become of the holiday’s most loved and watched movie. […]

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Ghosts of Christmas Past — Japan, 1989

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2qCHLx_4qA&feature=related] Today, while I was in the locker room at Sol-Sporex (located in one of the lower levels of the SolBridge International School of Business), one of the more upscale fitness clubs I have worked out at here in Korea, I heard the Second Movement of Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony playing in the background. […]

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Bah! Humbug!

Everyone knows one of the Christmas’ most famous quotable quotes, “Bah, Humbug,” but how about other memorable (but not always quotable quotes) from other films and TV specials? These classic Christmas quotes will get you in the holiday spirit or better yet, get you in the mood for some classic holiday movies.   A Charlie […]

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War Remains: Glowing praise from a veteran journalist and author

War Remains got some glowing praise from veteran journalist and author Don Kirk for one of the books’ blurbs: “Jeffrey Miller captures the terror and agony of war up front — not just any war but the “forgotten” Korean War that lives on in the hearts and minds of those who lived through it and […]

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War and Remembrance: General Ray Davis, Korean War hero and Medal of Honor recipient

First of all I would like to take a moment on this Veteran’s Day to remember all the sacrifices made by our brave men and women who have put on a uniform and served my country in peace and war. Ten years ago on Veteran’s Day 2000, I had the honor to meet General Raymond […]

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Hunkering down for Chuseok (2010)

Chuseok (Korean Harvest/Ancestral Holiday) has arrived and time for some hunkering down here in Daejeon. This year the holiday is smack dab in the middle of the week, but that has not stopped many people from stretching this into a nine-day vacation. It is a six-day vacation for me. Don’t have to teach on Friday. […]

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Decoration Day

Decoration Day. When I was growing up back in the 1960’s Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day; at least that was what my grandparents called it. Today, we take time out to remember the sacrifices of all our men and women in our armed forces and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. […]

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Taking Chance (2009)

If there was one film that every American should watch–whether this upcoming Memorial Day weekend when we take time out to remember our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers who gave their lives for our country–or any other time when remembering our service members,  that film would have to be Taking […]

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