Sexy Mother Nature Shows-off Her Grand Tetons

Mother Nature is proof that women rule the world.  Us men are mere toys: something to humor them when they are bored and someone to torment, yet love.  Every time I think I will be clever and try to outsmart the fairer sex…in the end I am humbled. Understanding this is what made my late-summer plans ridiculous. I thought I would spend the time…

Take the Bull By the Horns…

There have been countless moments in life where it feels as if I have just been through a 7.9 second thrashing of a Brahma bull ride: long enough to feel the thrill & pain of every jolt, yet failing at the end with a ‘no-score.’   That last 0.1 seconds an eternity away. While I have never been on a bull (and never, ever plan…

Flow of Water ~ Flow of Life

Years ago, my Dad and I were sitting in a duck blind in Eastern Oregon prior to dawn and I mentioned how much I wanted to live near the Oregon Coast.  The  gist of my reasoning was that the Oregon Coast is beautiful, and having water around was comforting. There is nothing quite like the sight and sound of water; roar of an ocean…

The Unconditional Love of Family

~  The Oregon Coast at Lincoln City  ~ Among the different definitions of love (puppy, unrequited, conditional, to name a few), unconditional love stands uncontested as the most reliable and harmonious to our hearts. Sure, folks may question whether any love is unconditional, but I am willing to bet that in the eyes of a child and mother together in laughter, you will find…

The Unrequited Love of Ellinor

Dear Ellinor, Never do I feel more alive, than when I am with you.  You take me from the mundane and offer me a simple taste of glory.  Our affair spans more than a decade, but each time with you feels like we have just met. Knowing that I am one of many does not change my feeling, for what we have is special….

A Path of Adventure in Guilin, China

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This ancient wisdom by Lao-zi is one of the most famous pieces of advice from the Dao de Jing.  No matter where you are in life or what difficulties you face, the philosophy is simple: begin resolving the issue by taking that first step. The smallest of efforts, if consistently taken over time,…

Ancient Fisherman of Folklore

Silence. Prior to the break of dawn, there is the pure ‘silence of nature’ as a man begins his day.  There are no beeping alarm clocks, no blare of traffic and it is the noticeable absence of the incessant sounds of technology ~ a staple of our every day existence ~ that creates greater peace to this calm. The silence of nature, with only…

♬♪ You say you want a revolution…♬♪

Prior to leaving for the DPRK, I had kept my eyes on any news between the North and the South, especially in regards to the Kaesong Industrial Region.  The DPRK had shut down the factories in this region the month prior, causing great tension between the DPRK and the rest of the world. While impossible to fully understand what the logic was behind the…

The DPRK ~ Shooting in Pyongyang

Standing beside a small garden, a simple scene transforms into a moment that will never be forgotten.  A heart-warming conversation between a mother and her child as they laugh and happily correct the very rudimentary Korean they heard (a simple ‘hello’).  Their smiles and eyes communicate more than words ever could as they look towards this ‘big nose’ foreigner, giggling again as they helpfully…

The DPRK Fog ~ What Lies Beyond The Mist

Major Trade Bridge between Dandong, China and Sinuiju, DPRK What lies across the border? Looking into the DRPK from across the Yalu River (鸭绿江), I was met with a beautiful sight of a bridge from a thriving Chinese society venturing ahead into a shrouded mist of mystery, taking the question of “what lies beyond the DPRK border?” and putting it into physical form. A…