NOTES FROM THE ROAD

Time for a change: Why I’m glad to be leaving Korea after 3+ years

May 25th, 2021|Comments Off on Time for a change: Why I’m glad to be leaving Korea after 3+ years

It was just over three years ago that I first arrived in Korea, ready to immerse myself in something new. "To everything, there is a season," Ecclesiastes says. These past few years have certainly brought [...]

Exploring Borneo: A week in Sarawak, Malaysia

May 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Exploring Borneo: A week in Sarawak, Malaysia

In the weeks leading up to our visit to Malaysia in January, many people seemed puzzled by our plans to spend a week at Damai Beach Resort in Sarawak, 40 km north of the city [...]

Hindu Culture in Malaysia: Thaipusam at the Batu Caves

February 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Hindu Culture in Malaysia: Thaipusam at the Batu Caves

Malaysia is easily the most interesting country I have visited thus far in Asia. A melting pot of cultures and religions, it is home to Malay Muslims, Indian Hindus, Chinese Buddhists and folk practitioners, as [...]

MUSINGS

“Hate is like a fire”: How concept creep can aid authoritarian drift

April 13th, 2022|Comments Off on “Hate is like a fire”: How concept creep can aid authoritarian drift

On balance, Canadian New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh is somebody I admire.  His excellent memoir, Love and Courage, shows what a remarkable life he has lived and reveals him to be a compassionate and [...]

Why Radicals and Pragmatists Need Each Other

October 19th, 2020|Comments Off on Why Radicals and Pragmatists Need Each Other

“A man who does not have something for which he is willing to die is not fit to live.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. "Politics is the art of the possible" ~ Otto von Bismarck [...]

Life after Facebook: Why I finally quit social media for good

October 10th, 2020|Comments Off on Life after Facebook: Why I finally quit social media for good

For billions of us in the world today, social media has become an integral part of our lives. Whether we use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all of the above, these apps are sending dozens of [...]

The Vegetarian Experience in Jeollanamdo, Korea

February 20th, 2020|Comments Off on The Vegetarian Experience in Jeollanamdo, Korea

This piece was also published online and in print in the January 2020 edition of Gwangju News in South Korea.  If you are interested in reading my other published works, please see the portfolio section [...]

Why U.S. citizens abroad need to vote in the midterm elections

October 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Why U.S. citizens abroad need to vote in the midterm elections

This article will be published in of Gwangju News under the title "Why U.S. citizens in Korean should vote in the midterm elections."  But this applies equally to all U.S. citizens abroad.  You need to [...]