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Careful What You Wish For

Careful What You Wish For

One year ago today, I landed at Logan Airport in Boston, still drunk on Tokyo, 13 hours with Japan Airlines, Natalie Portman in The Black Swan, twentysomething hours without sleep and a glass or two of wine. I fell comfortably into the arms of my family; the young children — who had not been told […]


Little Bits of Seoul

Little Bits of Seoul

This week I’m back in Seoul, visiting with friends, welcoming a new baby, eating delicious food and marveling in the joys of public transportation. Being here is a good excuse to share with you some photos I took last fall on my friend Youngdoo‘s ailing Rollei XF35. I usually focus my cameras on the prettier […]


Araha

Araha

This place has wormed its way into my bloodstream. I have sat in the sand reading and


Jiro-cho

Jiro-cho

I want to talk to you about sushi. Not your everyday breakfast sushi. I don’t want to talk about the standard sushi/udon lunch set sushi, and I certainly don’t want to talk about magical, touched-by-angels sushi. I want to talk to you about the experience of sushi in Japan. I know many of you think […]


A Sunday on Film

A Sunday on Film

I’ll admit I’ve been on a bit of a photography hiatus lately. It happens. And it’s a fairly deliberate hiatus, as I have a rather large non-photography endeavor before me that requires my attention and my focus. Having received a PhD in Procrastination, it’s important I practice some restraint and learn about this thing called […]


Things I See

Things I See

Things I See When I’m Out Running With No Camera 1. The entire high school baseball team running in uniform before practice. 2. Cats in their own individual parking spaces in the parking lot. 3. Tourists from mainland Japan wearing high heels on the beach. 4. Colorful lunch sacks lined up perfectly on a park […]


Sea vs. Humans

Sea vs. Humans

I am an object in perpetual motion. Put me into an automobile, train, plane, boat, hot air balloon, tuk-tuk or cable car and I am in my element. I am also amphibious, equally at home in water and on land. I grew up a steady diet of ocean and boats, and my sealegs are sturdy. […]


Hatsumōde

Hatsumōde

Shinnen akemashite o-medetō-gozaimasu means “Happiness to you on the dawn of a new year.” I like that a lot. The celebration of the New Year is a big deal in Japan. At shrines and temples across the country, bells are struck 108 times at midnight on December 31, followed by the collective gobbling of soba […]


The Life Aquatic

The Life Aquatic

When I was living in Tokyo last summer, I became mildly obsessed with seaside excursions. Living in two of Asia’s largest mega-metropolis urban jungles will do that to a person. Japan, being an archipelago, is framed by stunning coastline on both sides, and I’ve found this often surprises people. “I had no idea Japan had […]


I Have Learned Something

I Have Learned Something

I’ve made a lot of things in the past three weeks. I’ve made three batches of cookies, two pies, several loaves of bread, a few pizzas, a lot of croutons, a Thanksgiving dinner, a turkey, my mother’s oatmeal stuffing, homemade jelly doughnuts, some salads, guacamole and coffee. I’ve also made Christmas gifts, training schedules, clean […]


The Hardest Part

The Hardest Part

It is safe to say I spent the better part of my first six months in Seoul alone. Yes, there were co-workers, there were several dozens of nine-to-thirteen year olds, there was a German visitor, and there was Wayne. It wasn’t until a fateful summer evening when I attended my first Flickr in Seoul gathering […]


Things I Shan’t Miss At All

Things I Shan’t Miss At All

In case you were worried that all this bittersweet nostalgia was getting to be too much, I’ve got some of the dirty underbelly of reality for you. It’s important we maintain perspective and keep things balanced here. So here are a few things that I shall not miss in the least. At least there are […]


Ten Things I Will Miss About Korea

Ten Things I Will Miss About Korea

I’ve been composing this list for quite awhile, as I’ve known since last November that 2010 would be my final year in Korea. The fact that I’m moving to Japan automatically eliminates some items from the list – bowing, no tipping, polite customer service, pigtailed children – as those all remain in plentiful supply across […]


Moving Day

Moving Day

For the last month, I have been preparing to leave Seoul for a destination unknown. As if moving from one foreign country to another is not enough, I have to go and add mystery and intrigue to an already challenging endeavor. I didn’t intend it that way; that’s just what life had in store for […]


Café Source

Café Source

Yes, I promised you four year retrospectives and sappy, sentimental, eye-roll-worthy nostalgic interludes. I claimed it is how I roll, and I promise you, it is. But you see, after four years there are some 10,000 + photographs through which I must sort. There is also the making of arrangements, the packing, the selling of […]


Around the Neighborhood

Around the Neighborhood

I’m spending a lot of time at and near home these days. Rather than exploring the places I’ve yet to visit, I’m a bit more keen on soaking up as much as I can before I leave of the normal everyday that has been my life here in Seoul. Running along the river, coffee from […]


Tongui-dong

Tongui-dong

Let me just get this right out of the way and explain something about the Korean dong. Did you just giggle? I’m sure you did. She said dong. Yes, yes she did. It’s not the first time, and I promise you it will not be the last. In the West, in primarily English-speaking countries I […]


In Between Days

In Between Days

This is my fourth October in Seoul, and as always, it has so far been a fine month indeed. Autumn is by far the best season to be in Korea, and after this year’s brutal, never-ending winter, a non-existent spring and reportedly oppressive summer, it is a relief to ease into a season that is […]


When Ferry Came to Town

When Ferry Came to Town

I returned to Seoul two weeks ago, but my mind is still planted firmly in Massachusetts. That’s why it was a little bit like Christmas morning to pick up my latest batch of film from the lab, which included these photos from the day Mr. Ferry came to Rockport. We did not eat ice cream, […]


A Wedding

A Wedding

I returned to Seoul just in time for the wedding of my good friends Mel and Hyunyo. You should know that Korean weddings are essentially a two-hour photo shoot to which your friends are invited. And most Korean weddings can be likened to an afternoon at Cats: The Broadway Musical, complete with all the special […]


Thank you!

Thank you!

After a very scientific selection process, which included several small pieces of paper in a plastic bag, we have five winners for last week’s giveaway. Congratulations to Megan, Claire Helene, Eva, Leslie and Abby! And of course, Rachel, who was unwittingly Comment 1000. Emails are on their way! But mostly I’d like to say thank you […]


The Official End of Summer

The Official End of Summer

I’m writing from Terminal A of Logan Airport, where I am waiting to board my flight to Seoul. I think it goes without saying that my summer has been of the stupendous variety, and I find myself — for the first time in four years — not wanting to go back. Not even a little […]


Wellfleet

Wellfleet

In the late 1950s, my grandparents began a yearly tradition of renting a small cottage on the Cape Cod National Seashore, escaping New Jersey’s heavy summer humidity for a few weeks on the open Atlantic shore. Each year, they would bring my father and his younger siblings until they began to move away to start […]


Chesapeake

Chesapeake

By the middle of August, after a couple weeks of traveling, I found myself in Washington DC at the home of my cousin Heather and her husband Phillip. It had been an obscenely long time since we’d seen one another, thanks to internet’s ruse in keeping people well-connected. But there we sat, finally, with daiquiris […]


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