NOTES FROM THE ROAD

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 [...]

Christmas in Korea: Spending the Holidays Abroad

January 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Christmas in Korea: Spending the Holidays Abroad

There are many upsides to living in Korea and teaching in the public schools here.  The pay and benefits are excellent, the culture is interesting, the standard of living is high and the social life [...]

MUSINGS

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 [...]

Music for the Journey #1: Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews, Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Ben Howard, Xavier Rudd & Mickey Hart

September 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Music for the Journey #1: Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews, Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Ben Howard, Xavier Rudd & Mickey Hart

It is early September here in Nampyeong.  For those of you who don't know, this means it's desk warming time for those of us who work at the English town, which starts its programs on [...]