Book Design for Ginseng Tango

A benefit of working with an Indie Press such as Big Table Publishing is contributing to the design of the book cover. For Ginseng Tango, my travel memoir on South Korea due out in October, I chose the amazing book designer Robert Smith who created previous covers for...

Sacred Words, Revered Books

at Haeinsa Temple, S. Korea How would you characterize your relationship to your writing? Stressful? Hopeful? Judgmental? When you sit down to write, do you greet the blank page with welcome or ambivalence? How about revering every word, every pause and edit, every...

S. Korea

A picture may be worth a thousand words but a Buddha statue may be worth many thousands more. I was delighted to recently find this pic of Seokgoram online. This Buddha, built about 742 AD, is about a mile trek up the mountain of one of Korea’s most visited temples,...

Dancers and Shamans

Hyanok Kim was one of my mainstays during my tenure as professor in S. Korea, a dancer who blends eastern and western training. She introduced me to Kim Keum Hwa, Korea’s most famous shaman. The following excerpt from Ginseng Tango, my as-yet unpublished book on my...
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