The Boat to Orient Point

It’s hard for me to believe that during my years in NYC I never made it East of Flushing, Queens, but there it is.   So this weekend, when we had a chance to visit our friends on the North coast of Long Island, we decided to drive down to New London and catch the […]

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Off the face of the Earth, or Thereabouts…

No I didn’t vanish into the nether-dimensions…just flew around the globe to visit Taidong for a few weeks of R&R.  The beach at Sanyuan is still gorgeous, as long as you don’t turn around and look at the monstrous empty Meiliwan hotel that corrupt politicians built on top of it (and which is still in […]

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One More Splash at Wailea, Please!

It was really, really tough… but somehow Sophia and I dragged ourselves away from the perfect crystal blue waters of Maui and came back to Massachusetts.   We were only there for six days, but those fresh breezes from the sea and gorgeous sunny days seem to be still with us.   And it’s not just the […]

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Ride for Peace Over the Roof of the World

The wonderful Muzafar Bhaid is riding his bicycle for peace across Pakistan!  From the highest mountains of the world in Hunza region, the intrepid Muzafar is taking annual stages on his way to Islamabad.  Is this fellow wonderfully awesome, or what? As our government sends in a fascist whacko to launch commando raids, Muzafar is […]

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Bamboo Temple, Kunming, 1990

Another great temple visited on my first trip to Kunming, was the famous Bamboo Temple, located in the hills due West of Kunming.  The original gate ticket is shown on the right. This temple featues some fascinating –  if bizarre – statues of the 500 Lohan (or Buddhist adepts), shown in the photo below.  These […]

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R. Crumb Ink At Mass Art

Ran over to Mass Art Paine Gallery (how apropos!) to see the R. Crumb Underground exhibit, which was written up recently in the Phoenix and the Globe.   This exhibit kicked off two years ago at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, and has been making the rounds from city to city, and finally seems […]

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Yuantong Si, Kunming, 1990

On my first trip to China, in October of 1990, I entered from Hong Kong by rail to Guangzhou Station, then bought a ticket on a flight to Kunming for the following morning.    I was staying at the Camelia Hotel , then a backpacker’s paradise, with a huge co-ed dormitory and easy access to various […]

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