What’s the First Thing You Think of…

when I say: Lyndon B. Johnson? [polldaddy poll=7979908][hr] [hr] [twocol_one]For me, having grown up during his presidency, I think of Vietnam. Footage from the war was on TV every night. It was horrible, ghastly, never ending. But this is not what most concerned LBJ and the  Democratic Party at the time. Apparently they had extended conversations about what passing the… Continue reading

More Galleries to Come

Well, as you can see, I was very busy working on photos this weekend.  It all started when I found out that people were not only viewing but also comments on my photos on Flickr.  And I had posted very few photos there.  So, I decided to update those with several thousand new photos and tackle coming up to date… Continue reading

The Tapestry Is Finally Up

Back on April 2nd, I wrote about the trip down to Halong Bay, Vietnam, when we stopped at a sewing factory and purchased a tapestry for the house.  Well, it is finally framed and now hanging on the wall in the living room.  As you can see, it’s very large!  Though these pictures have a great deal of reflection because… Continue reading

Never Content

Reflecting back about my recent trip to south Asia… As I’ve mentioned before, Bangkok especially and central and south Vietnam were terribly hot and humid. Shorts and short sleeved shirts were always in order. I was, however, astonished to see so many of the local people in those areas wearing long sleeved shirts, sweaters, and jackets. How could they possibly… Continue reading

Safely Home but Hating Travel More than Ever

This trip, unlike any of my other travels around the world, was not without some rather anxious moments. I’m glad to be home. I think. I read in CNN this morning that Thailand has declared a state of emergency after the protesters stormed parliament yesterday. While I was in Bangkok, the protests were peaceful. I really have no idea what… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Seven – Traveling Home

Today the long journey home begins—in about 45 minutes. Amazingly, the couple in the bungalow next door here at the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An are from Atlanta, Georgia! In fact, they live in Morningside. Can we say: small world! Click here for a list of all of the posts from my trip to Vietnam.… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Six – Eco-Friendly Beach Cleaning at Sunrise

Every morning in Manhattan Beach, a large truck pulls a huge raking mechanism along the beach to pick up all of the trash* the tide and beach goers left behind. In the past I’ve actually posted a picture of what that looks like. This morning I got up early to photograph the sunrise. The thick layer of fog over the… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Six – Rest and Relax in Hoi An

Today is a chill out day before the long trek home begins tomorrow via Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Nothing specific is planned. I do hope to catch up on all of the blogging and post some pictures. Even now the computer is importing photos from the camera’s flash card. I’ve probably shot over 10,000 photos this trip, but… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Five – The Ancient City of Hoi An

Mien, the guide for the day, is from Da Nang, a city just a few miles from Hoi An—which was founded about 400 years ago as a major trading post from East to West. I’m staying on the outskirts of Hoi An in a unique oceanside bungalow about 50 feet from the ocean. Nothing else is here at the water… Continue reading