After retirement in 2002 I backpacked many countries for 4 years and then moved to Oaxaca Mexico June 2006. Regularly visit sons in Hong Kong, Thailand and Las Vegas. Recently completed a 6 month RTW trip to the U.S, Thailand, Oman and Turkey ending in Oaxaca in April 2013. Returned to Oregon, Thailand, Hong Kong and Las Vegas Nov 2013 to Mar 2014. October 2015 to Feb 2016 Las Vegas, Oregon, Hong Kong and Thailand.
Exquisite. Clearest expression of an experience in meditation I’ve ever heard. In…and out again in the space between the Nameless and the Named. The inner silence and love sticks to you more and more each time.
Ultimate freedom is on the inside…not the outside. But everyone, if they want it, has to figure that out for themselves in their own time. Sometimes it takes a lifetime. Sometimes it never happens.
But as Pico Iyer says: It takes courage, of course, to step out of the fray, as it takes courage to do anything that’s necessary, whether tending to a loved one on her deathbed or turning away from that sugarcoated doughnut.
In his A Global Soul Pico writes "We travel, some of us, to slip through the curtain of the ordinary, and into the presence of whatever lies just outside our apprehension. I fall through ... [Continue reading this entry]
Policemen are using real bullets now and one man was shot and killed in Ankara. This in addition to at least 3 others killed by beatings or tear gas. And scores hospitalized. Caught on tape, it's on YouTube.
Erdogan ... [Continue reading this entry]
Updated and amended daily since May 29, 2013
I was in Turkey for a month in February staying mainly with locals. My couchsurfing friends there have been criticizing the Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, who has been dismantling the democracy that Ataturk ... [Continue reading this entry]
Iran: The Enemy That Almost Isn't
Posted: 23 Feb 2009 02:00 PM PST
Crooks And Liars.com
"One of the things that I've found most disconcerting about American news coverage of Iran is the complete disconnect between what our own (and international) intelligence reports ... [Continue reading this entry]
Went to Las Vegas to spend a week with my son Greg over New Year's. Greg and I went to bed New Years Eve at 10:30...he got called in at 1:30am for an emergency...a four year old had gotten ... [Continue reading this entry]
Last week, with friends, I attended the annual San Andreas Huayapam Fiesta about 25 minutes northeast of Oaxaca City. Very well organized with a lot of people for such a small pueblo. There was a local band that ... [Continue reading this entry]
Last weekend I took Mica, Bardo and the kids from Hauyapam, and Charlie, who used to be a coffee bean roaster in Oaxaca in the 70's but now is a roaster in Canada and here for a few weeks, in ... [Continue reading this entry]
At 8 in the morning the PFP advances upon the University of Oaxaca and begins firing at the radio and the university campus. Helicopters fly over and descend upon the radio university. At 9 in the morning 2 military convoys ... [Continue reading this entry]
Charly, Mica, Bardo, their kids and I went to a wedding today...a happy thing. Someone related to Mica. A professional couple. The wedding was in the very nice home of a relative...as is often the case the house ... [Continue reading this entry]
Late in the night of October 29, the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) took over the Zocalo with tear-gas and tanks. The next morning there was an impromptu march with marchers confronting the police at every street entrance to the ... [Continue reading this entry]
Photo From "Oaxaca Noticias"
The local "Oaxaca Noticias" newspaper estimated 500,000 marchers at the 4th Oaxaca Megamarch...a historic event that included supporters from several neighboring states.
Starting with a motorcycle cavalcade and many automobiles, the fourth ... [Continue reading this entry]
This is an eye witness narrative written by my friend Patricia Gutierrez from Queretaro who, with her luck and mine, visited me the night of the attack on the teachers in the Zocalo in Oaxaca City on June 14, my ... [Continue reading this entry]
On a lovely Sunday, September 4, 2005, Bob and I followed Josh and Amy to a specialty jewelry store in our gentrified Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn to pick up their hand-crafted rings. Amy's mother, Debbie, works at a ... [Continue reading this entry]
A month in Bangkok including Christmas.
On the 26th, after a bowl of spicy Thai soup on the street outside my Bangkok hotel on December 26, 2004, I returned about 1:30pm and flipped on the ... [Continue reading this entry]
Was really fun to spend time in the Camellia Hotel compound in Kunming, familiar from our 2002 visit to China, and fraternize with all the Western travelers and trade street-stories at the Mieli ... [Continue reading this entry]
E found the website (www.wildwall.com) and the adventure offered intriguing potential...off the beaten track, away from the Chinese tourist groups that follow a guide with a microphone and colored flag held high ... [Continue reading this entry]
Terelgj National Park, an hour by car outside of Ulaan Baatar, is a spectacular valley surrounded by high eroded rock formations, pine covered mountains and steppes carpeted with sheep, Mongolian horses and ... [Continue reading this entry]
We boarded a Moscow train at midnight. We are headed across Russia on the trans-siberian train system. However we will be breaking up the trip by getting off in Yekaterinburg and ... [Continue reading this entry]
We take local electric trains three hours north from Warsaw to Ostroda where we book into the Park Hotel on a lovely lake that caters to German-speaking tourists many of whom are ... [Continue reading this entry]
An early morning one-hour ride on Sam's Guesthouse bus took us south of Chengdu to the Panda Research Base where China is trying to keep the Giant Pandas from disappearing into extinction. It ... [Continue reading this entry]
Thursday November 21 2002
Reading "The Coming Collapse of China," a book written by a Chinese American economist...a dissenting opinion...he gives China five years to get their banking system in order...which he doubts will ... [Continue reading this entry]
See Burma Video
August 22 2002 (Pagan was previously called Bagan)
I really would have preferred the rickety and slow train north so we could see the countryside but to reserve the most time possible ... [Continue reading this entry]
August 18, 2002 Rangoon (renamed Yangon)
We took Thai Air to Rangoon. Bob left his Lonely Planet Guidebook Burma (renamed Myanmar by the military junta) on the plane and of ... [Continue reading this entry]