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  • Vietnam Today
    Experience Vietnam and feel the tears of history
    There is no denying that travelers can feel the tug of history when they travel. I have unknowingly felt it several times, only to realize later what it was. In Munch, Germany in 1973, I felt intimidated for some unknown reason. As it turned out,...
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    On Memorial Day I Remember The Best Friend I Ever Had
    John Bush and I were classmates in Undergraduate Navigator Training (UNT) at Mather Air Force Base, California. John was short, about 5 feet eight, weighed about 160 lbs., had short cropped light blonde hair, a muscular frame and a nose that was...
  • Review: Who Shot the Water Buffalo? by Ken Babbs
    Review: Who Shot the Water Buffalo? by Ken Babbs
    Author Ken Babbs took part, along with Ken Kesey (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Robert Stone (A Hall of Mirrors) and Larry McMurtry (The Last Picture Show) in a profoundly influential writing class led by American historian, novelist,...
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    Hanoi: Experience it above and beyond
    A trip to Hanoi, Vietnam is a journey unto itself, and one that will provide lasting memories. However, many tour groups often overlook some parts of Hanoi and surrounding areas that really delve into the nooks and crannies. There are many of...
  • Tho Ha rice paper village
    Experience Tho Ha: Vietnam's unique rice paper village
    On a recent trip to Vietnam with Overseas Adventure Travel, this author was exposed to one of the most unique and extraordinary villages in the world, whose sole function is to produce rice paper. This village is one of the largest in the country...
  • 'Noble' - An amazing woman.  An inspiring story.  A powerful and moving film.
    'Noble' - An amazing woman. An inspiring story. A powerful and moving film.
    Christina Noble is a name many may not know but after seeing "Noble", thanks to not only the subject of the film, but the well crafted storytelling of writer/director Stephen Bradley and indelible life-affirming performances by Dierdre O...
  • Ivory Johnson a Vietnam veteran
    The treatment of our veterans is a measuring stick of our democracy
    Today was a normal day in the life of Ivory Johnson. But what he has come to accept as being normal is actually a national travesty. Ivory is a Marine veteran from Little Rock, Arkansas now living on the streets in Dallas, Texas. He like so many...
  • Boy falls from large kite and dies in Vietnam
    Boy falls from kite to his death in Vietnam
    A 5-year-old Vietnamese boy died on Sunday evening after falling from a large kite. The boy became tangled in the kite string during practice for an upcoming kite festival in Vietnam. The string snapped after dragging the boy more than 60 feet...
  • Shades Resort in Mui Ne, Vietnam is an excellent choice
    Shades Resort in Mui Ne, Vietnam is an excellent choice
    Shades is an oasis of calm and comfort in the heart of Mui Ne. Mui Ne is about five hours by car due east of Saigon also known as Ho Chi Minh City. Shades is a boutique hotel with access to the beach (at low tide) and a lovely pool. There are...
  • Frank E. Petersen
    Frank E. Petersen flew into the tiger’s jaw
    In 1950, Frank E. Petersen left his home in Topeka, Kansas with an intense desire to see the world. At that time, he was unable to imagine the military career that awaited him, and the course he would travel from seaman recruit to the upper...
  • Gold Star
    Chambers brothers became first black flag-rank siblings
    When the list of distinguished military officers who now wear stars on their shoulders is reviewed, the names include very few black individuals, much less black siblings. US Navy Rear Admiral Lawrence Cleveland Chambers and US Army Major General...
  • InterContinental Residence Saigon
    InterContinental Asiana Residence in Saigon is an great place to stay
    Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is still called by many, is a 31-storey InterContinental Asiana Saigon Residence, adjacent to the InterContinental Hotel. It is part of an integrated complex that includes restaurant and a...
  • Vietnam kills thousands of seized cats
    How an animal rights group played a Communist country
    Take a rare glimpse inside the strategic and intelligence divisions of the Global Conservation Group. Last week, Hanoi police forces in Vietnam intercepted a truck carrying three tons of cats smuggled into the country from China. Despite laws...
  • Vietnam Cats
    Vietnam kills thousands of seized cats
    Hanoi police forces in Vietnam seized three tons of cats last week that were found to be illegally smuggled into the country from China. While consuming cats in Vietnam is a criminal offense, the underground cat meat trade is big business. Every...
  • Hanoi Vietnam Smuggled Cats
    Vietnam to kill thousands of smuggled cats; animal rescue groups want custody
    Yesterday, Vietnam officials in Hanoi intercepted an illegal smuggling operation in which tens of thousands of cats were transported into the country from China. The cats were going to be used for human consumption. However, it is not legal to...
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