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Serpico in Laos

There’s nothing like a person being proud of what they do, even when it comes to driving a tuk-tuk or songthaew for a living. And to show that pride, not to mention showing off to your friends, a little help from Serpico a.k.a. Al Pacino wouldn’t hurt. Back in 2010, Aon, Jeremy Aaron and I went shopping […]

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On the road to Pakxe

Tonight I attended a ceremony and dinner to commemorate an honorary Lao Consul on the Woosong University campus. During dinner, when it was learned that I am the author of four books, I was asked when I was going to write a book about Laos, which got me thinking. I really should at some point. […]

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Damaged Goods — I have my copy, do you?

In the mail today, my copy of Damaged Goods, a collection of short fiction or flash fiction. Wow. It doesn’t make any difference whether it’s your first book or in my case, your third book, the wonderful feeling you have holding your book in your hands. This is your creation, something you worked hard on […]

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“Lemongrass” — Damaged Goods

Sometimes inspiration (with a little help from your Muse) for a story might be something sensory, in this case the lemony-sour taste of lemongrass. And a photograph. One of my favorite Lao/Thai foods is grilled fish seasoned with lemongrass and salt. I was looking at the photo above (that I took in Savannakhet) as well […]

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Damaged Goods now available through Smashwords

Damaged Goods, a collection of 28 flash fiction stories is now available through Smashwords. This collection features flash fiction from 50 words to 1,000 words. The stories range from a soldier coming home from World War II and an Air Force pilot ejecting from his F-4C over Vietnam to the night John Lennon died and […]

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damaged goods — now available at Lulu

My latest literary styling, damaged goods, is a collection of flash fiction which were published in online literary magazines the past year. The 28 stories in this collection, which range from 50 words to 1,500 words, are snippets of life which might be yours or someone else’s. Long after you’ve turned the page, these stories […]

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But-room

On the road from Vientiane to Thakek. Now, there are a couple things going on with this photo. First, “please” is misspelled; okay, that’s a little obvious. Now what got me chuckling is the next part, “butroom.” Yes, it should be “bathroom” but, (no pun intended) butroom makes sense. After all, it is a room […]

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Picture of the Day: Laos Papaya

Papaya growing outside our house in Laos. Nothing like sliced fresh papaya, or spicy green papaya salad.

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Vientiane: The times are a changin’

Earlier this year I read on Samakomlao this informative Laos’ Website that The Pizza Company, this popular Thai pizza franchise was going to open their first store in Vientiane and become the first fast food restaurant in the capital city. I mentioned this to one of my blog readers and said that this could be […]

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Picture of the Day: Row of Buddhas at Haw Pha Kaew — Vientiane, Laos

A row of Buddha statues outside Haw Pha Kaew in Vientiane. Interestingly, this temple is no longer a temple, but it is a museum of Buddhist artifacts. Of course, if you are up on your history of Laos and Vientiane then you know that this temple once housed the Emerald Buddha–yes, the Emerald Buddha now […]

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