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American Thanksgiving at the USO — Seoul, South Korea

American Thanksgiving at the USO – Seoul, South Korea If there were one holiday that can be a drag to miss if you are an American living and working in South Korea it would have to be Thanksgiving. Aside from missing the great feasts that our mothers and grandmothers put on for our families, it’s […]

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Classic Christmas Movies — Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Soon the holiday season will be upon us and despite the economic hardships and economic uncertainty that might dampen the holiday spirit for many of us this year, some classic holiday movies might be able to take the edge off our worries and concerns—even if only for a few hours. There’s a trove of classic […]

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Spam for the Chinese New Year

Today is Sollal—the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year—in Korea one of the nation’s most celebrated holidays and noted for the mass migration of families to their hometowns and subsequent notorious traffic gridlock on the highways.Equally celebrated to a lesser degree is the giving of gifts (which is also done at Chusok, Korea’s Thanksgiving […]

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New Year’s Eve 2006

It’s only natural for us I suppose at the end of the year to look back on the past year to see where we have been, how our lives have added up, and where we are headed. Aside from all the celebrations, New Year’s Eve is a benchmark or a yardstick of sorts for us […]

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Holiday doldrums

The worst thing about being home for the holidays is not being in the mood for the holidays. Despite spending some quality time with my family, (that was the whole point of this extended visit) when I am not climbing the walls and trying to fill my days with something to do, I am just […]

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Xmas kind of sucks

Maybe you’ve seen this cheesy commercial on television here in the States (at least in the Chicagoland area) where these two women meet outside their homes and stare at this new car (with a big red bow on top) and wonder which one of them the car is for. Gee, maybe I have been away […]

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Home for the Holidays

Getting together with Dick Verucchi and Tom Joliffe on Christmas Day at the 9th Street Pub in La Salle, Illinois After nearly a thirteen-hour flight from Seoul, I am waiting for my friend Chris to pick me up at O’Hare International Airport. Home again for the holidays. I can’t believe that it has been a […]

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