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Worst Photoshop Photo Ever

South Korean President Park Geun-hye (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama at a White House meeting on May 7. (Yonhap)   If there was a contest for the worst photoshopped photo, the Yonhap News Agency in South Korea would would hands down with this photo. The person President Park is really shaking hands with […]

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Upcoming Book Events: 10 Magazine Book Club

On Sunday, April 28th, I will be the special guest author at 10 Magazine’s monthly book club meeting. I’ve been looking forward to this event for some time and the chance to talk about my books, especially War Remains and Ice Cream Headache. Kudos to Barry Welsh, the organizer of this event, who personally invited […]

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A Little Rebellion Now and Then is a Good Thing

Even when it comes to self-publishing. There’s a really good article on the Huffington Post which you can read here. Essentially it’s about the self-publishing industry and the stigma attached to those of us who have self-published and are trying to get the word out about our books. I’ve heard it all. When I told […]

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Ice Cream Headache: My Journey Back to 1968

I’m a student and a teacher of history and when it comes to writing both become quite evident in what I write. My first novel, War Remains, A Korean War Novel took me back to the opening months of the Korean War, the breakout from the Pusan Perimeter, Kunu-ri, and the battle at Hoengseong. My […]

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Korea: Up Close and Personal — A Review of Korea: The Impossible Country

When I came to Korea in 1990 to live and work, my knowledge of Korea was what I was able to glean from a South Korean Fodor’s travel guide, travel information from the Korea National Tourism Agency, a couple badly photocopied pages of firsthand experiences by English teachers at the language school I would be […]

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Upcoming Book Events for Ice Cream Headache

Although an actual date has not been decided, in April or May, I will be one of the guest authors talking about Ice Cream Headache or Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm at the 10 Magazine Book Club in Seoul. This book club meeting has already featured or will feature such authors […]

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Winter in Daejeon

Winter is my favorite time of the year in Korea; especially when it snows. Having lived in Korea since 1990, I have seen my share of snow in Seoul, Daejeon, and my first winter wonderland at Mt. Sorak in 1991. December was the snowiest month I have experienced in Daejeon as well as Korea all […]

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Steady as she goes

The Lespo Standard. Your all-weather bicycle. And why do we say, “steady as she goes?” Why not, “steady as it goes?” Either way, this gentleman was not about to be dissuaded by snow and ice. Look closely, you’ll also see his cane and an industrial-strength chain to make sure no one steals his Lespo.

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Deep-Freeze Daejeon

It’s been wicked cold in Daejeon for the past three days; the coldest December that I can remember in a long time. Most of the streets in my neighborhood are still sheets of corrugated ice and snow. There won’t be any city department crews sprinkling salt on these streets. Some folks have taken to spreading […]

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The loneliness of a winter day

A photograph is worth a thousand words. And then some. For as long as I have lived in Korea, now starting my 23rd year, I have never seen this much snow in early December. And I’m lovin’ every minute of it!

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