Dade Battlefield Historic State Park,Bushnell, Florida

dadeAnother well put together Park. Florida takes all the excitement out of a visit, everything is well marked, clean and staffed by well informed staff and volunteers. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park.
The park’s visitor center provides information and displays about the historic battle, as well as a 12 minute video history of the battle This Land, These Men.
The staff and volunteers are excited as we head into a new event season that will include our annual Native American Pow-Wow; A Road Back in Time;…

Gratitude For Our Teacher (4 of 4) by Ajahn Sumedho

With American Thanksgiving Day just a few days away reflecting on gratitude seems even more appropriate and
Ajahn Sumedho weaves this talk on gratitude around the earlier years of his life. The talk was given at the Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day on 16 January 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
So as the “Holiday Season begins I want to wish all of you Peace and Tranquility

‘I rejoice in the inconceivably vast oceans of good actions performed by conscious beings since beginningless time’

And may you all be well

Buddhism, Reciting the 8 Precepts, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

Like so many things in Thailand, and the rest of the world, , this is more about form than substance.
Many women are wearing make up and jewelry while reciting the precepts, most people will sleep on their own luxurious bed, most will eat after noon and might have a beer or three.
As you can hear in the video there seems to be little participation, while in the Forest wats the chorus of lay supporters responding to the monk’s lead echos through the area
These training rules are observed by laypeople during periods of intensive meditation practice and during uposatha (lunar observance) days. The Eight Precepts are based on the Five Precepts, with the third precept extended to prohibit all sexual activity and an additional three precepts that are especially supportive to meditation practice…

From Tom’s Desk,Back in Clearwater, Florida

botanicExperiencing temperatures, LOW, that I have not known for more than 20 years. Guinness tastings, seeing old friends, Veterans Day and much more during my 2 weeks in Washington DC and environs.
Vietnamese food and Capitol Hill.

Now it’s onwards toward the new year….

Medical Tourism is Big Business and Thailand Wants In

drive safebut remember you have to cover the expenses of shipping the casket home. The headline reads British woman, 24, dies during cosmetic surgery in Bangkok. You gotta remember the one thing you can depend on in Thailand is corruption. Then to discover Doctor of British woman who died in surgery clinic unlicensed
AARP THE MAGAZINE Should You Have Surgery Abroad?  Nearly a million Americans will travel overseas for medical care this year; sometimes employers will even pay for it
Sompob Sansiri, the 51-year-old doctor who performed the surgery, has been arrested and reportedly did not have the proper certification. And in THailand the cost of proper certification is often not the proper education, but the [roper amount of money….

National Botanic Garden, Washington DC


Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth’s fragile ecosystems.
More than 200 years ago, George Washington had a vision for the capital city of the United States that included a botanic garden that would demonstrate and promote the importance of plants to the young nation. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Since 1934, it has been administered through the Architect of the Capitol…

Green Mint Asian Grill, Vietnamese Food

banhmiThe Green Mint Asian Grill was the first vietnamese restaurant I visited when I landed here in Clearwater, Florida. This is a squeaky clean, suburban location that serves suburban Floridians. It is a bit dear to my heart as they offer a fried egg in the Banh Mi.
The Pho broth is rich and there is plenty for the price. The staff is modern, polite and patient, which fits well for the suburban clientele……

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

airOne of, if not the most popular of the Smithsonian museums the place was packed on a November weekday. Free of charge to all, like the other Smithsonian Museums one good spend a full day on the first visit and not see all there is to see.
The Washington Post has this to say
“The Buzz: Opened in 1976, the Air and Space museum explores the dramatic story of aviation, from the first fleeting successes to the successful landing on the moon 60 years later. The museum also explores the science of flight, the politics of space exploration and the concept of the universe. The space has soaring galleries and beautiful views of the Capitol and Mall…

Gratitude For Our Teacher (3 of 4) by Ajahn Sumedho

Ajahn Sumedho weaves this talk on gratitude around the earlier years of his life. The talk was given at the Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day on 16 January 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Not simply Dhamma, but Dhamma Vinaya.
Being totally dependent in the West, so contrary to the western way

I find looking at dependence and   reflecting  the illusion of independence.

More and more gratitude for so many things.