The pursuit of happiness vs. the pursuit of property
Apr18

The pursuit of happiness vs. the pursuit of property

The pursuit of happiness vs. the pursuit of property This article was originally published in the April 13, 2014 edition of “The Dallas Morning News”. This is the third essay I have written for the folks at DMN and I look forward to doing more soon! In 1776, America’s Founding Fathers helped create the first country in history that enshrined the concept of “happiness” in its founding documents. By choosing to insert “the pursuit of...

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5 Photos from Bhutan’s Strongman Competition
Apr17

5 Photos from Bhutan’s Strongman Competition

One of the highlights of Bhutan’s gathering of nomadic highlanders known as the Nomad Festival is the strongman competition where herders from the Himalayan frontiers and villagers near Bhutan’s Bumthang district compete (and drink Arra) to see who is the strongest. The crowds get excited — and I suspect wager a bit — about seeing who among them can best carry various 100 kilogram objects along a 100 meter course. First comes the...

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Wordless Wednesday | Rainy Day in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
Apr16

Wordless Wednesday | Rainy Day in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Share on Orkut share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Buzz it up Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Tell a friend You Might Also LikeWe Did It! Life Part II Has Begun!Kohunlich Mayan Ruin SiteClose to the Bone TravelingPhoto of the Day | Lake Atitlan | Panajachel, GuatemalaStreet Food | ChicatanasZapatista Passport...

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Shwedagon Pagoda
Apr14

Shwedagon Pagoda

Spend enough time in Southeast Asia and you begin to run the risk of what many people call “temple burnout”. In Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I live, there are over 300 temples. Many, no most of them are quite beautiful and worthy of a visit, but there are so many of them that the memory of one tends to fade into another. I was starting to suffer from this malady just before I began my month visiting Myanmar (Burma). But, all the books...

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Top 24 Photos of 2013
Apr11

Top 24 Photos of 2013

Last year I did a post called my “Top 12 Photos of 2012″. 2012 was an amazing year for me with many changes; many improvements and a few challenges. I intended to do a “Top 13 of 2013″ but after going through the over 11,000 images I made in 2013 and the total flood of memories I just couldn’t reduce the number to 13. 2013 was practically one adventure after another and there was just no way to get too...

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Thailand Monkey Temple
Apr07

Thailand Monkey Temple

I had never heard of the Monkey Temple (Phra Prang Sam Yot) in Lopburi, Thailand until just before I visited and I didn’t really expect to find something so unusual in this otherwise seemingly ordinary Thai town. The temple itself is located right in the center of what apparently once was a thriving downtown area that is now largely abandoned and given over to monkeys (more accurately crab-eating macaques). Just finding a parking...

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