I went out on my scooter today, and found a lake nearby. I knew there was one there, but not sure how to get there. On my way there I found two sets of the totem, or wood carvings, that the Koreans of old would put at the gateway to their village. These represent the queen of the earth and the king of the sky. Then I found the lake where you can rent a fishing barge and go out onto the lake For the pictures go to the Photos page. Oh, and those spiky green balls on the tree are chestnuts!!
OK, the weather is so nice that I had to go outside and make some pictures. The spider is as big around as my hand, the persimmons are just about ready to eat, the butterfly was very cooperative, and the dragon fly is called a Go-chu-san Dragonfly or a Hot Red Pepper Dragonfly! So very cool!!!

This weekend I went to the Baekje Festival in Gongju, a celebration of one of the Three Kingdoms in Korea around 2000 years ago. The Baekje Dynasty was very highly civilized and traded with countries all around Asia including Japan, China, Russia, and many more. In 1971 the tomb of King Muryeong was accidentally discovered and  had never been robbed. It contained almost 2000 artifacts from the Baekje period which proved the high state of culture and accomplished trading that had been achieved. 
This festival celebrates this period in Korean history with a month long-two city wide festival in Gongju and Buyeo, the main cities of the Baekje Dynasty. The Pictures I posted today are from the Art Complex in Gonju. Soon I will go back and post more pictures of the parades, plays and more. Enjoy!

I also posted some more pictures of the area I live in. Fall has come and the air is crisp and cool and the sun was back out today!
This is a new poem I wrote. It is the first thing I have written in a long while. If you guys would like to see more of my writings, I will post some.

Nature’s Path


The wind blows, the tree bends
The cloud comes, the rain falls
The sun shines, the earth grows warm
The flowers grow, the bees make honey
The flea bites, the dog scratches
The man walks, the path goes on

The wind does not know that it blows
The tree does not know that it bends
The cloud cares not if it comes or the rain falls
The sun does as it does and the earth thinks not about being warm
The flowers, the bees, the flea and the dog
All have no thought of what they do

But man does not see the world around him
He just follows the path in his mind
Not seeing the real world
He only sees the world in his mind
Made from the images he took of the real world
He only follows the path in his mind
And he follows that path to his grave and beyond

To see the real world man must escape his mind
He must discard the images and thoughts in his mind
To see the world that is true
He must cleanse his mind and discard his attachments to it
This is the only way to freedom
To happiness
To eternal life
To Truth
It is the only way to follow the natural order
And have the mind of the universe


© September 14, 2010, Joe Gattis, All Rights Reserved
Wow! I made these yesterday and they were fantastic! You can find the recipe on my Recipes page on the left, or click here.

I have been making a Beer Batter Corn Fritter for a long time, but these just beat it hands down! I loaded them "Over The Top" with corn, sausage, onions, black olives, and jalapeños then top them with my  Black Bean Corn Salsa! 

Try these and let me know how they come out!
Not to panic, but Thursday I was editing the pictures to add here when a cloud of smoke came out from under my desk! Yes, the old faithful computer burned up. The repair man said to repair would cost almost as much as a new one, so we got a new one.
Much faster, more memory, better graphics, etc. Now all I have to do is recover my files from the old computer!!!!
See ya soon!