Monthly Archives: January 2009

Incense and Sons: A Family Tragedy

For sons – and the parents who both love and endure them Today is Lunar New Year’s Eve, and throughout the world people are celebrating the arrival of the Year of Ox in the company of family and friends. I, … Continue reading

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Television Romance

Like many boys, I developed a crush on a television star when I was about ten years old. In my case, the beauty who captured my heart was Elizabeth Montgomery, who played Samantha on “Bewitched,” and I remember how her … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Place

Most of us understandably regard maps as practical objects, and we usually consult them either to locate a place or to determine the surest and shortest way to reach it. However, a map can be interpreted not only as a … Continue reading

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Quoth the Raven

After watching the AFC Championship football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, I suddenly remembered that many years ago I had written a wine column, the frame of which concerned the Ravens, which had just … Continue reading

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Searching for Charlie Chan

For “Katie” and for Corrigan Hayward Neralich, my own Chan – never stop searching, my son Just over two decades ago, I found myself in a Chinese cemetery in Hawaii, partly because one of my uncles had given me an … Continue reading

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Heirloom Diseases

While driving in my car recently, I discovered a radio program on which listeners would call the station and ask a physician sitting in the studio to comment upon their ailments. As I listened to people detailing their symptoms, I … Continue reading

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Giving the Devil His Due

In 1906, Ambrose Bierce published The Cynic’s Word Book and then reissued the text in 1911 under the more evocative title The Devil’s Dictionary. After having lived through the wanton self-indulgence of America’s Gilded Age, Bierce was delighted to broadcast … Continue reading

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Snow and Flowers

Perhaps no other literary work so perfectly and succinctly captures the way in which Spirit and Soul can engage in a tug-of-war with our hearts than “Here in Katmandu,” by the American poet Donald Justice. In this instance, the poem … Continue reading

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The Gym

Those of us who have entered the period of our “mature years” are well-acquainted with the nature of bodily aches, and we are also familiar with the equally painful fact that culture changes constantly, a truth that can sometimes make … Continue reading

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Asian Horizons Tibet Trip 2004

Views of Chomolungma (Mount Everest) from Rongbuk, Tibet. Photographs courtesy of Elliot Smith Chomolungma in Daylight Chomolungma at Dusk Chomolungma by Moonlight

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