What Am I Doing?!

I’ve got the seemingly perfect set up: running team, apartment in NYC, recent salary increase with plenty of opportunities for overtime pay, even an incredible woman nearby who I’ve had so many wonderful moments with.  So why in the HECK am I moving to China in mid-August?! Wow. Is this really happening? Yes. Yes, it…

Open Letter to Trump Voters:

November 11, 2016 Dear Trump Voters, I pray for us all. Yes, even for those who just voted for donald trump. This letter will be as succinct as possible. It will not refute the countless fallacies of the campaign. That has already been done by many and most are clear for all to see; even…

Curated Photo V

Welcome to the fifth installment in my series of ten favorite photos of summer.   Sacred Cedars In the year 816, Kobo Daishi (Kukai) established a center for Shingon Esoteric Buddhism atop Mount Koya–Koyasan.  Today, at least 200,000 people have their remains buried as close as possible to Kobo Daishi, who sits in eternal meditation…

A Sacred Space

Mount Inari: one of the most fascinating, interesting, cool, spiritual places I have ever visited.  Yes, there are legions of tourists below at the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Especially when you do exactly as a more experienced American traveler in Japan told you exactly not to do, by going in the afternoon. However, the…

First Glimpse of Tokyo

Five pictures on my first day, curated just for you all (and uploaded while underground with best roaming and wi fi reception I’ve ever known). ​​ Iyashiman8 on YouTube

Shanghai in a Second!

Shanghai coffee shop downtown. Solo. Stayed in Happy Hotel with two men I met on plane—details later. It’s true! Google, Facebook, New York Times blocked here. But my website is open in China! More later! Have to navigate back through maze of packed subway trains to outskirts of town to check out of Happy and…

Passage to the DMZ

God Willing, I will make it back from here–one of the most unusual places I will ever visit. Just booked my trip there, to the infamous DMZ (August 2nd). Joint Security Area (JSA) Tour: Get Close to the North Korean Border Follow it all right here at dontletmyparentsreadthis.com throughout my Expedition:Asia…beginning July 13th… NOTE: This…

Sit Back & Enjoy: Scenes of NYC

A misting, salted breeze White tipped waves lapping I will appreciate every. single.solitary.moment. Scenes of NYC…June 30th, 2016   

If You Had…

…June 29th-Labor Day. To do whatever you want, what would you do? Really. I would like you all to share here. Here is how I’ve kicked things off today… After a great 7 miler this morning–sans music for optimal reflection state–I walked over to Fordham University to attend the second commencement ceremony for the High…

Is This a Dream?

No…it’s SUMMER BREAK! An academic year of trials, tribulations, heartache and, oh, some heartwarming moments with kooky kids has come to a close. My 11th year of teaching has concluded! And I vow to each one of you to document at least something from each day of my liberation. How can I begin with anything…

792 Miles…

…away from my parent’s home, I long for Kentucky.  And, yet, there really is no place quite like my current home of nearly 11 years in New York City. Friday night: I attended the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Cinema Fest to see the director Todd Solondz’s new film “Wiener Dog.” That’s me with Director…