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A Reflection of a Winter Day

Yesterday in Daejeon it was a balmy 61 degrees; today it was back down to a more seasonal 30 degrees. It’s been one of the colder winters in Daejeon but not one of the of the coldest I’ve experienced. My first winter here was brutal. I remember hanging up my clothes in the laundry room […]

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A Snowy New Year’s Day in Daejeon

The New Year has picked up where the old year left off: more snow. By far, this the most snow at one time in the past three attempts by Mother Nature to blanket Daejeon with the white stuff. I’m guessing around 4-5 inches, maybe more.   It’s not going to last. By noon, the sun […]

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Winter Scenes, 2012

Of all the Decembers I have been in Korea, December 2012 has been the snowiest and the coldest. It all started back on the night of December 5th when Daejeon had its first major snowfall of the year, followed by another one on the 7th, and most recently on the 28th. I’m a sucker for […]

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Snow…pine…winter

Another snowy Friday in Daejeon. That makes three this month. In all the years I have lived and worked in Korea, this has been the snowiest December of them all. Love it!

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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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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Tumuli Park, 1991

Before we journeyed to Pusan, my friend and colleague Ken wanted to spend a day or two in Kyongju, the ancient capital of Korea’s Shilla Kingdom (noted for its arts and the spread of Buddhism). Located in the center of town were these small hills, which were actually burial mounds. You see these mounds all […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Chalgachi Fish Market, 1991

One of my first trips outside of Seoul was all the way down to Pusan in early 1991. My friend and colleague Ken Celmer, who had made the same trip the year before wanted to take the same trip again and I joined him. I have an essay about this trip in Waking Up in […]

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Stopping by a Palace on a Snowy Morning

An excerpt from my soon to be published novel about life in Korea. Snow began to fall on a late Thursday afternoon. By eight that night, when I finished teaching, there was about an inch of snow on the ground. It was coming down hard, wet, and thick and would continue to snow throughout the […]

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Snowed in? How about curling up with a good book via Kindle?

As the Blizzard of 2011 roars across the United States and a lot of folks are finding themselves stuck indoors, how about curling up with a good book in front of the fireplace, on the sofa, or wherever you feel warm and comfortable? Although a Kindle might not have that warm familiar feeling of a […]

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