In My Mind's Zen Garden
  • Trains
    Sunday at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

    I must confess that I’ve had a love for trains since my childhood. But I was truly blown away when, as a young kid in the boy scouts, I took a field trip to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. And after that I’d been fascinated

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  • A Winter Wonderland in Julian, California

    My wife and I drove up to the mountains yesterday to see the snow in Julian. I guess, for us native Californians it’s a special treat to see snow, and take a break from the city life. Who Says It Doesn’t Snow In San Diego County? In just under

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  • Travel: Images of the Philippines

    The Philippines was a very surreal experience for me. A culture shock. An assault on the senses. It felt like a long lost home, yet at the same time I felt like a stranger in my own country. We went because my father-in-law passed away and we had to

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  • Yosemite
    Old Yosemite Photos

    I can’t believe I forgot about these old Yosemite photos from 2000. In my old online journal at carlos.ricebowljournals.com I have a photo section and I didn’t even link to the photo collection from Yosemite! They were uploaded but never linked. So I just thought I’d share them now:

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  • The Light Of Compassion

    His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, was recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (the top U.S. civilian honor) presented by President George W. Bush. The Dalai Lama has been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal – the top US civilian honour – in a move that has infuriated

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