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The Birth of Zen

with trade and barter faith travels along borders birthing Zen ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem Haiku Kai # 1377-Buddhism finds its way along the Silk Road The transmission of Buddhism to China via the Silk Road began in the 1st century... Continue Reading →


She always there for me Reliable to a T Ferrying the kids around When I'm lost She gets me found Without her I would despair She'll take me far She's my carraige  My darling car Tonight at Realtoads Karin has... Continue Reading →

Crossing Check-point Charlie (Berlin)

  In the 1980's, I used to visit my brother in Leipzig, East Germany and we'd frequently have to cross the border from East to West Berlin via Check-point Charlie, an Allied post famous for witnessing numerous attempts to escape from... Continue Reading →

Beware ‘1984’- An Essay

I first read George Orwell's 1984 when I was 17 years old. Since then, I've re-read it 3 more times. Orwell's concept has forever fascinated me. For those who need a reminder, the main character, Winston Smith lives in an... Continue Reading →

The Joys Of Travel

There's an innate pleasure in preparing for a journey. Some love the feeling of 'just getting away', others- the desire to explore. There are a plethora of reasons why we enjoy travel. A friend put it simply to me. He... Continue Reading →

Book Release!

At long last, I've completed my 'budget travel' book and it's a pleasure to present it to you. Now available on Amazon . Coming soon to  Smashwords too. For the set of Shoestring books so far, click  Here The next in... Continue Reading →

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