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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Burmese Tea Shops
Apr09

Burmese Tea Shops

  There is something enjoyable about slowing down, taking a seat and having a cup of tea. I am not talking about your posh, formal English High Tea — but something just as civilized in the true sense of the word — and to me more enjoyable. When in Burma I quickly discovered that one of my favorite activities was going to a local tea house and just watching the world go by. It took a few tries to figure it out the routine but most...

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Wordless Wednesday | Wat Chedei Pagoda
Apr09

Wordless Wednesday | Wat Chedei Pagoda

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 LikeOh My God! This Is So Stupid!(Part 2 of 2) Mexico Highway 199 From Palenque to San Cristobal de las CasisLife Part 2 Meets the Retire Early LifestylePhoto | Stone on Carpinteria State...

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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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Wordless Wednesday | Basket Boat in Vietnam
Apr02

Wordless Wednesday | Basket Boat in Vietnam

              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 LikeTzotzil Chamulan Worship Service in ChiapasFoggy Morning in ChiapasPhoto of the Day | Spider Web at SunriseWeekly Giving | Heifer...

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Bhutan’s Nomad Festival
Mar31

Bhutan’s Nomad Festival

One of the reasons I wanted to visit Bhutan in February was to see the annual gathering of Bhutan’s nomadic highlanders known as the Nomad Festival. For the last five years herders from the Himalayan frontiers and villagers from nearby gewogs have been gathering in central Bhutan’s Bumthang district to dance, trade, compete in games and from what I could tell just let loose and enjoy the end of winters grip. The mountains in this...

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