Memotial Day, Comments from Department of Veterans Affairs, and Me

guinness The Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs posted this and my comments can be heard in the video. And please don’t wish me a Happy Veterans Day. I might consider it an insult to my friends and others whose deaths you are enjoying today.

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country….

Buddhism, Uncommon Wisdom, life and teachings of Ajaan Pannavaddho, Preface

imageIt is important that Venerable Paññāvaḍḍho’s biography is being
written and published due to the efforts of Tan Ajaan Dick who
has been close to this most venerable and reclusive monk. Ajaan
Paññāvaḍḍho spent most of his monastic life at Wat Pa Baan Taad,
a remote forest monastery in Udon Thani, North-East Thailand.
He trained and practiced under the guidance and support of one of
Thailand’s most respected bhikkhus, Tan Ajaan Mahā Boowa—now
generally best known in Thailand as “Luang Dtaa Mahā Boowa.”…..

Dunedin, Florida, Downtown Market

imageThe Dunedin, Florida, Downtown Market takes place from 0900 to 1400 Fridays and Saturdays. The town’s  downtown area is shady and pleasant, unlike nearby Clearwater’s concrete and empty shops. Parking is free in Dunedin, once again unlike Clearwater, whete one must pay, in a town that should be encouraging visitors. there is a wide variety of products available, and shady places to sit and enjoy the music and a cold drink, or even a meal.

Tukcom, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Tukcom Khon Kaen 12.06.12

drive safeFor a good number of years Tukcom was the main Mall in town i competition with Fairy Plaza, Now the big Central Plaza is the big draw. But, today when looking for a bluetooth earphone or anything…Continue reading


Foodporn at Long Phung, Vietnamese Restaurant, Pinellas Park, Florida

goi cuonokay this restaurant has the greatest assortment of Vietnamese food I have seen here in the States. Open the album take a look at the scanned menu pages that I’ve listed. The food is authentic Vietnamese. and although I have only been in there a few times I have not seen another Westerner, but the place is full of Vietnamese people from the moment it from the moment it opens. The staff is polite and prompt and the servings are more than adequate. If you are in the area and want to expand your Vietnamese food experience beyond pho this is the place to go.

Buddhism, Uncommon Wisdom, life and teachings of Ajaan Pannavaddho, Introduction

imageThe book has arrived. Phra Peter an old friend from many years ago, who is now resident at Baan Tad, in Udon was kind enough to get me a real copy. Ajahn Dick Silaratano also compiles the Mae Chee Kaeow book, wrote this one.

From the back cover “Just being near Ajaan Panna, one sensed his palpable inner peace and serenity. His gaze was open, calm and benevolent-free of conflict, bias or judgment…

From Tom’s Desk, Visiting, Georgia, Alabama and Florida

imageFrom Daeng’s flight arriving, not only on time, but early the entire trip was quite restful. Except for the fact that I was both tour guide and interpetor. Not in the least demanding showing  her around parts of the 3 states was quite painless, but was, for sure, tiring.

And now it is time for me to start preparing for my return to Isaan

Silver Springs State Park, Florida

Silver Springs State Park, Ocala, Florida

I have been to Silver Springs State Park, sorta, twice. The first time down to the River part on a weekday and then in December to see the “Cracker Christmas” I laso got to visit the Museum, but as…Continue reading

Buddhism, Isaan, Ubon and Culture

Nature Walk at Phu Phan Development and Study Center,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

ArchaeologicalI have already posted a number of articles about the center as well as scanning and OCRing the entire pamphlet and posting it. The center is on of the King’s Initiatives and a very worthwhile…Continue reading