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Picture of the day: Korean War Redux?

You’re going to see a lot of this photo plastered on blogs and in the media today. At approximately 2:34 pm KST, just as I was about to start teaching my Honors English Writing Class North Korea fired artillery into the border island of Yeonpyeong-do. The nation, and the rest of the world waits to […]

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Picture of the day: Pukhan-san

One of the things that I enjoyed most about living in Seoul, at least in Yonhui-dong was how close I was to Mt. Pukhan. The entrance to the park was just a few subway stops away and from there, depending on how much you wanted to hike or climb, it was about a one-hour hike […]

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Blue skies, cooler temps and a new semester

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98P-gu_vMRc] Sun is shinin’ in the sky There ain’t a cloud in sight It’s stopped rainin’ ev’rybody’s in a play And don’t you know It’s a beautiful new day hey,hey Well, the sun was shining for awhile this morning and it did feel a little cooler, at least not as sticky and hot as it […]

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Picture of the Day: Section of tree cut down during Operation Paul Bunyan — August 1976

It may not look like much, but this section of a poplar tree was cut down during Operation Paul Bunyan in August 1976 in response to the August 18, 1976 Panmunjom Ax Murder Incident. I was stationed at Lowry AFB in August 1976 attending technical school. Twenty-five years, I was covering the anniversary for the […]

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Picture of the Day: Yoko Ono in Seoul, June 2003

Back in 2003 when I was writing for the Korea Times, I had the chance to cover a press conference for Yoko Ono’s first visit and exhibition in South Korea. Later I wrote the following article. After she had answered some reporter’s questions she took the press pool on a tour of the exhibition and […]

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Picture of the Day: The Bridge of No Return

In December 2000, while writing a news story “Christmas in the JSA” I got which amounted to a VIP tour of the JSA (Joint Security Area) and the chance to take this photo of the Bridge of No Return. It was across this bridge in 1953 that POWS were repatriated at the end of the […]

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Poem published in The Camel Saloon

Had another one poem published in The Camel Saloon today. This poem is one of my favorites. I’ve played around with it in a couple of variations. Originally, it was part of an essay on coming to Korea and I thought I would see if I could take that essay and write a poem. Of […]

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Happy Birthday Buddha

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it” Today, Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated in Korea as a national holiday. These are some photos from Sanggyesa Temple near Mt. Chiri that I took a few years ago.

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The day I was mistaken for a member of Metallica

“Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” – Andy Warhol I’ve had a couple minutes of those 15 minutes of fame, like the day in Seoul back in 1998 when I was mistaken for a member of Metallica. It was right after Metallica had played in Seoul in March 1998 and I had stopped in […]

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It’s still a very Cold War in Korea

What might have seemed like a scene out of a cold war thriller, two North Korean spies who posed as defectors were arrested in Seoul for plotting to assassinate the highest-ranking North Korean official to defect to the South, Hwang Jang-yop. According to an AP story via Yahoo, the two North Korean army majors were […]

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