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Regrets? I’ve had a few

Today, without fanfare or celebration, I will mark sixty trips around the sun. In Asia, one’s sixtieth birthday is an auspicious occasion because there was a time when most folks didn’t live past sixty. These days, sixty is the new forty (though my body sure doesn’t feel like it). What a strange and amazing trip […]

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Twenty-five Years Ago this Month

Twenty-five years ago this month, I taught my last class at ELS, a language school in Seoul near Kangnam subway station. On November 27, 1992, I said goodbye to my colleagues at ELS and left for Kimpo. I would be back six weeks later, teaching at Yonsei University’s Foreign Language Institute. The two years I […]

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I Hate Facebook

You heard me right. I hate Facebook. No, hate is too nice of a word. I loathe Facebook. Why, pray tell, would someone who spends 2-3 hours a day posting, commenting, uploading, and talking about his books, come out and make such a scathing claim? What’s wrong, Jeffrey? Aren’t you getting enough “likes” on your […]

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President Ronald Reagan’s 1982 Eureka College Commencement Address

It was twenty-five years ago today that I graduated from Eureka College. Although I was only there for two years (I was a transfer student) everything good about my life started back then. This is a very important speech by Reagan. In many ways, it was the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

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“I’m feelin’ Radioactive, think I’m gonna meltdown tonight” — Scott Wilk + The Walls

In the mail today! A flashback to those glorious, goofin’, pogo jumping, slam dancing early the 1980s. I saw this band at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Student Center at the beginning of the 1980 fall semester, (shortly after I saw David and the Happenings perform at an outdoor party in Lewis Park) and the […]

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Happy 235th Birthday America!

[youtube=] When I was a freshman at LaSalle-Peru Township High School in 1973, the Choral Department put on a production of 1776. As a member of the Freshman Boy’s Choir, I got to help with building the set for the production. The musical, to this day, remains one of my all-time favorites. Happy Birthday America.

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Table of Contents for Invaders from Mars

Invaders from Mars and Other Tales of Youthful Angst is now available at Smashwords as well as a Kindle from Amazon. I’ve been working on getting the manuscript ready for Lulu. It should be on Lulu in a day or two. In the meantime, here’s the Table of Contents: Table of Contents Prologue When Chester […]

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Coming soon: Invaders from Mars and Other Tales of Youthful Angst

  Journey back in time to a small Midwest town in the 1960s and experience adolescent and coming of age angst at a junior high dance, shop class, Saturday afternoon matinees, part time jobs and carnivals while saving the town from Martian invaders. Set against the historical backdrop and the cultural and social turbulence of […]

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Ghosts of Christmas Past — Japan, 1989

[youtube=] 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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My first job: retail

I was a stockboy at Woolworth’s in LaSalle, Illinois for a little over one year. How much did I make? Whatever minimum wage was back in 1974!

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