By request, here's where and when the pictures came from. And not by request, some quotes to go along with them.









April 2011, on duty in central Iraq

"Then the first Gulf War came. The actual killing was massive, and we call it a victory. When the 500,000 troops came home they were deeply wounded from practicing so much violence. For several generations millions of their children and grandchildren will inherit those seeds of violence and suffering. How can we call that victory?"
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2012, walking along Waikiki beach, Hawai'i

"Silence can be a source of great strength."






2011, Smithsonian museum, Washington DC

"If you have drunk wine all the week, do not withhold your hand on the Sabbath for by our holy faith there is no difference between that day and another. Be thou a worshipper of the All High and not a worshipper of the days of the week."






2006, National Botanical Garden, Washington DC

"Like a garland woven from a forest of flowers, fashion from your life as many good deeds."






2012, enjoying the nightlife, Waikiki, Hawai'i

"Here's to alcohol; the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."
-- Homer Simpson






2011, at the Hashbury, San Francisco, California

"San Francisco has only one drawback: it's hard to leave."
-- Rudyard Kipling






2011, enjoying the scenery, Las Vegas, Nevada

"Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money."
-- Jonathan Clements






2011, Maskerade, New Orleans, Louisiana

"It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans."
-- Samuel Clemens






2010, riding a Blackhawk over Baghdad, Iraq

"A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie. There is no rectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue. As a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil."
-- Tim O'Brien, 'The Things They Carried'






2006, volksmarching, Sembach, Germany

"Though others have faults, concentrate on your own."






2006, first guest in a new hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

"To the mind that is still, the universe surrenders."
-- Lao Tzu






2011, Smithsonian museum, Washington DC

"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless and reason is powerless."
-- Herophilus






2004, hiking with a lovely Houri, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography."
-- Robert Byrne






2011, in the Hashbury, San Francisco, California

"An intellectual is a person who's found one thing more interesting than sex."
-- Aldous Huxley






2006, enjoying the nightlife, Koh Samui island, Thailand

"I'm always looking for meaningful one night stands."
-- Dudley Moore






2011, drinking with an angel, Arlington, Virginia

"Once you've seen the Buddha's face you see that same face on everyone you meet."






2011, mosque near Embassy Row, Washington DC

"It is not that religion has been tried and found wanting. It has been tried and found guilty."

"If God needs Hell to enforce his authority then no one in their right mind needs a god like that."

"All problems are people problems."

"Liberty is about defending the rights of other people to disagree with you."

Don't push the 'On' button if you don't know where the 'Off' button is."

"The best place to look for evil is in the mirror."

-- Solomon Short, 'War Against the Chtorr'






2012, Byodo-in temple bell, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Otto, the central message of Buddhism is not 'Every man for himself'!"
-- Wanda Gershwitz, 'A Fish Called Wanda'






2008, Alcatraz island, San Francisco, California

"Good judgment comes from experience, which comes from bad judgment"






2011, courthouse building at sunset, Alexandria, Virginia

"The more law and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be."






2006, enjoying a Houri's company, Koh Samui island, Thailand

"I spent half of my money on booze and women -- and the other half I just wasted."






2009, skaters outside the National Archives, Washington DC

"[Washington DC] You will never see a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."
-- Obi Wan Kenobi






2011, relaxing in Central Park, New York city, New York

Two paths diverged in a well known park
One well lit, the other dark
And because I did not wish to die
I took the path more traveled by






2011, driving through southwestern Colorado

"Everyone wants to be happy. But we may suffer a lot trying to be happy. We need the insight that position, revenge, wealth, fame or possessions are, more often than not, obstacles to happiness. We need to cultivate the wish to be free of these things so we can enjoy the wonders of life that are always here -- the blue sky, the trees, our beautiful children."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2011, driving through southern Utah

"Our world encourages us to detach from the moment, put ourselves down and live for something other than where we are right now. We're taught that it's selfish and irresponsible to live in the moment, when the truth is it's the only responsible thing to do for ourselves, the people around us, and even our futures."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2012, cemetery near Diamond Head crater, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"The only place different social types can genuinely get along with each other is in heaven."
-- Christian Slater, 'Heathers'






2011, view from the Cosmopolitan hotel's luxury suite, Las Vegas, Nevada

"Gold dust is precious, but it obscures your vision."






2011, on the Battery, New York, New York

"You may be capable of great things, but life consists of small things."






2011, watching Cirque du Soleil, Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida

"He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free."
-- Victor Hugo






2012, sunset on the Ala Wai canal, Honolulu, Hawai'i

"A good traveler has no plans, and is not intent on arriving."
-- Lao Tzu






2011, windowshopping at Carmel, California

"When we look deeply into ourselves we see both flowers and compost. Each of us has anger, hatred, racial discrimination and other forms of compost in us, but there is no reason to be dismayed. In the way a gardener knows how to transform compost into flowers, we can learn the art of transforming anger, depression and racial discrimination into love and understanding. This is the work of meditation."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2012, snorkeling with a pod of dolphins, Big Island, Hawai'i

"Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment, fully alive and aware."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2012, driving through Waimanalo Town, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"You're using coconuts!"
"What?"
"You've got two empty halves of coconuts and you're banging 'em together!"
-- Monty Python and the Holy Grail






2012, hibiscus flowers, Honolulu, Hawai'i

The world is horrible and I am lonely
Let me rest here where yellow roses bloom
And find forgetfulness, remembering only
Your face beside me in the scented gloom
Give me, o you whose arms are soft and slender
Whose eyes are nothing but one long caress
Against your heart, so innocent and tender
A little love, and some forgetfulness






2006, going to dinner with a Houri, Bangkok, Thailand

"Carefully observe your activities of thinking, breathing, movement, nutrition, sex and sleep for these are the six fundamentals of health."
-- Shizuko Yamamota






2012, hiking Manoa Falls trail, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Everyone dies, but not everyone really lives."
-- William Wallace






2005, hiking St Louis Heights trail, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Hawai'i is the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean."
-- Samuel Clemens






2006, hiking Olomana mountain, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Whenever you hear that someone else has been successful, rejoice. Always practice rejoicing for others, whether your friend or your enemy. If you cannot practice rejoicing, no matter how long you live, you will not be happy."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2004, hiking near Kuliouou trail, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"All know the Way, but few actually walk it."






2006, the three kings of Chiang Mai, Thailand

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home."
-- James Michener






2011, forgotten sand castle, Waikiki beach, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Judge your success by what you had to give up to achieve it."






2012, sunset at Waikiki beach, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Do not speak, unless it improves on silence."






2009, cherry blossom festival at the Jefferson memorial, Washington DC

"Put forth your effort with no thought of gain."






2006, hiking Pu'u Keahi a Kehoa trail, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves out and become a better person. It's about befriending the imperfect person we already are."






2009, enjoying cocktails in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank and some spare change in your wallet you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation, you are luckier than 500 million people who are alive and suffering.

If you can read this message, you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.






2011, sunset at the pier, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

"We must stop destroying our body and soul for the idea of happiness in the future. We have to learn to live happily in the present moment."






2006, wall painting at the grand temple complex, Krung Thep (Bangkok), Thailand

"Violence, even well-intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself."
-- Lau Tzu






2011, Khalil Gibran's memorial, Washington DC

"A teacher cannot give you the truth. The truth is already in you. You only need to open yourself so that his or her or its teachings will penetrate to your own seeds of understanding and enlightenment."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2010, on duty in central Iraq

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each human's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all our hostility."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow






2011, driving through central Nebraska

The wind whistles through the leaves
And the leaves dance
When the wind stops
The leaves grows still






2011, on duty in central Iraq

"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."
-- George McGovern






2007, cemetery near Yale campus, New Haven, Connecticut

"The whole pace of our lives is hectic. The last thing we have time to think of is death. We smother our secret fears by surrounding ourselves with more and more things, only to find ourselves their slaves. All our time and energy is exhausted merely maintaining them. And so our lives drift on, unless a serious illness or disaster shocks us out of our stupor."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2011, Smithsonian museum, Washington DC

"Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get old and think back on life, you'll be able to enjoy it again."






2011, driving through southern Utah

"The mind turned ever outward will have no end to craving. Only the mind turned inward will find a still point of peace."






2011, driving through southern Utah

"Please touch the Earth in mindfulness with joy and concentration. The Earth will heal you, and you will heal the Earth."






2011, driving near Highway 101, central California

A silver bird
Flies over the autumn lake
When it has passed
The lake's surface does not try
To hold onto the image of the bird






2011, cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina

I am subject to aging. Aging is unavoidable.
I am subject to illness. Illness is unavoidable.
I am subject to death. Death is unavoidable.
I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.
I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and live dependent on my actions. Whatever I do, for good or evil, to that will I fall heir.
We should reflect on this often."







2011, cemetery in Savannah, Georgia

"We do not have to wait for the death of someone close to us or the shock of terminal illness to force us into looking at our lives. We can make every moment an opportunity to change and prepare for death and eternity."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2011, Masonic Temple, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

"Please take time to sit and do nothing from time to time so you can rest deeply and enter a state of true ease."






2011, street side chessboard, New York, New York

"Zither, chess, book, painting, sword. These symbolize classical skill."
-- Deng Ming-Dao






2011, stream in state park outside Papillion, Nebraska

"When you lose, at least don't lose the lesson."






2012, Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, Hawai'i

"We can be knowledgable with another man's knowledge. But we cannot be wise with another man's wisdom."
-- Michel de Montaigne






2012, meditating on a black sand beach, Big Island, Hawai'i

"If you haven't wept deeply, you haven't begun to meditate."






2011, Potomac river from the roof of the Kennedy Center, Washington DC

"We cannot step twice into the same river."






2008, Creighton University campus, Omaha, Nebraska

"Be content with what you have. When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you."






2011, hiking the Makapu'u cliffs, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Young man, nature is not frightening. People are frightening. They are capable of manufacturing anything from rumors to test tube babies yet they destroy two to three species every day. Once you get to know Nature it becomes friendly."






2011, Monterey Bay aquarium, Monterey, California

"Until we experience it, it is nothing but words. After we experience it, there is no need for words."






2009, in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
-- Samuel Clemens






2006, Buddhist temple, old city Chiang Mai, Thailand

"Buddha was not a god. He was a human being, and he suffered just as we do. If we go to the Buddha with our hearts open, he will look at us, his eyes filled with compassion, and say 'Because there is suffering in your heart, it is possible for you to enter my heart'."
--Thich Nhat Hanh






2012, hiking Koko Head, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"There is no word in this language to describe it. It is amoenum. It's Latin, it refers to the heartbreaking beauty of nature. Vergilio Maro used it to describe Aeneas' last vision of Ilium."
-- Miriam Blaylock






2011, inside the Jefferson memorial, Washington DC

"It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life."






2011, lotus pond, Honolulu, Hawai'i

"Buddhism is a simple philosophy. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our brain, our own heart is our temple. The philosophy is kindness."
-- Dalai Lama






2011, on top of Twin Peaks, San Francisco, California

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-- Samuel Clemens






2012, hiking outside of Big Sur, California

"Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment and appreciate the grace and beauty that are available now. Peace is all around us, in the world and in nature, and within us, in our bodies and spirits. Once we learn to touch this peace we will be healed and transformed. It is not a matter of faith, it is a matter of practice."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh






2012, moonrise over Koko Crater, O'ahu, Hawai'i

"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful. A meaningful friend. A meaningful day."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh