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Bill Barron, formerly of Gloucester City; Hong Kong Univ. Professor, World Traveler, and Author

He was quite a man and did Gloucester City and Gloucester Catholic proudly... ~Frank Batavick, Classmate and Friend William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--William F. Barron, of Portland, Oregon (photo) lost his battle with kidney cancer on January 4, 2018. He was 73 years old. Bill grew up in Gloucester City, NJ and received his elementary education from St. Mary's Grammar School. He graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School in 1963. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Delores Barron.... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Church Bulletin Booo-Boos

CNBNEWS ARCHIVES posted Thursday, January 31, 2008 UPDATE: For six years Hank wrote a column for CNBNews "When East Meets West". He died in August 2012 at the age of 75 By Hank F. Miller Jr I received this from a good friend awhile back. Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services: The Fasting & Prayer Conference: includes meals. The sermon this morning: "Jesus walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching... Read more →

CNBNEWS ARCHIVES: "Fond Memories Of Gloucester City"

UPDATE: For six years Hank wrote a column for CNBNews "When East Meets West". He died in August 2012 at the age of 75 published July 2007 By Hank Miller Being so many miles away from Gloucester city on a rainy Sunday afternoon with the flu in Kitakyushu City, Japan with time to think of my past. I began thinking of when I was a boy in Gloucester and recalling the things that my good friend Eddie Williams had mentioned in one of his most... Read more →

And Then It is Winter

Posted here on March 15, 2007 (submitted by Hank Miller) You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all... And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my... Read more →

Fender Skirts, Curb Feelers and Steering Knobs

Posted here March 24, 2007 Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. CNBNEWS.NET (MARCH 24, 2007)--I came across this phrase in a book yesterday "FENDER SKIRTS". A term I haven't heard in a long time and thinkingabout "fender skirts" started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice. Like "curb feelers" and "steering knobs." Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50... Read more →

China is the future for boxing - Arum

MACAU (AFP) April 7, 2013, 1:57:02 PM EDT Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP/File Bob Arum, founder and CEO of Top Rank, waits on stage as Nonito Donaire of the Philippines and Jorge Arce of Mexico have their official weigh-in at the PlazAmericas Mall on December 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Boxing was banned in Chinaunder Mao Zedong because it was deemed too Western and too violent. But if top promoter Bob Arumgets his way -- and he usually does -- the country will be the future of... Read more →

CNBNews Columnist Hank Miller Succumbs; Korean/Vietnam Era War Veteran, CIA Employee

Mr. Miller with his wife Keiko by CNBNEWS STAFF Harry Miller Jr., of Kitakyushu City, Japan died August 19, 2012 from lung cancer. He was 75 years old. A former resident of Gloucester City NJ, Hank was the author of the semi-weekly CNBNEWS column When East Meets West which featured stories about the customs of Japan. He began writing the column for CNBNews in 2007 and continued to write it until two months before he died. He was also the founder of Miller English School... Read more →

When East Meets West Author Needs Your Prayers | cnbnews.net

CNBNews author Hank William ) Long time CNBNews columnist Hank Miller who is the author of When East Meets West commentary for six years is very sick. Please keep him in your prayers His daughter recently wrote, Mr. Cleary. This is Hank F. Miller's daughter, Rachel. I'm contacting you regarding my father's health condition. Today, my mother was told that he will only live for 3 months the longest if lucky. His lung cancer is spreading rapidly without any control. Doctor have told my mother... Read more →

Tanabata Festival: A Herald of Summer | cnbnews.net

English: Image of a net (toami) Tanabata decoration, photographed during the Sendai Tanabata Festival, held at Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. I took this photograph on August 7, 2005. This image is multi licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. commons:category:Tanabata commons:category:Sendai commons:category:2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. cnbnews.net Tanabata Matsuri is the essence of summer and summer festivals. Held in Japan on either July 7 or August 7, in other Asian countries such as... Read more →

When East Meets West: Children’s Day In Japan | cnbnews.net

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. CNBNEWS.NET May 5 Children’s Day corresponding to the girls day in March to Momi-no-sekku,or Peach Festival for girls on March 3,this day used to be called Tango-no-sekkuor Boy's Festival.After World War II, May 5 was designated as Children’s Day and made a national holiday.This is also known as the "day of the shobu (iris)."Or "Martial Prowess."The Idea being that,when faced with challenging moments,boys will learn to face difficulties in a decisive,manly fashion. Rites performed on this day are performed... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Longtime expatriates all play 'Survivor' | cnbnews.net

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. cnbnews.net Yet I too am a survivor.True, My challenges list looks like this: Struggling doggedly with another language and culture,not just for a few weeks, but for every single day of every single year, year-in and year-out...Raising three kids between two lands and a pair of families parted by a wide world of differences and understanding...Sweating through a boiling cost of living that over baked even the smallest of expenditures...Thus perhaps the hardest task of all this is watching... Read more →

When East Meets West: Cherry Blossom Viewing In Japan | cnbnews.net

Note: Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City NJ who resides in Kitakyushu City, Japan. category WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. (cnbnews.net)Japan is presently on the highest alert now-code Pink.I'm referring to the cherry blossom season alert. The blushing blossoms carpet Japan with pink all the way up the Japanese archipelago from Southern Kyushu to Hokkaido.When full pink blossoms are mankai-in full bloom. The cherry blossom report is broadcasts on the nightly news alongside the weather report. Cherry blossom... Read more →

When East Meets West: The Hina Doll Festival | cnbnews.net

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. cnbnews.net Note: Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City who resides in Kitakyushu City, Japan. category WHEN EAST MEETS WEST The Hina Doll Festival , which is also called the Girls'Festival or Peach Festival, is observed on March 3. This is a festival to wish for the health , growth and happy marriages of young girls. Dolls in ancient costumes are displayed on tiers of shelves covered by bright red cloth. These dolls represent the emperor and empress,... Read more →

Setsubun or Bean Throwing Day in Japan | cnbnews.net

Image via Wikipedia Image via Wikipedia WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. cnbnews.net Setsubun literally means the " division of the seasons" and refers to the first day of spring according to the lunar calendar. Setsubun falls on February 3 or 4.On the evening of this day,people throw roasted beans or peanuts inside or outside the their homes shouting "Oniwa-soto, Fukuwa-uchi,"which means"out with the demons,in with good fortune ." Of course,the aim of this ritual is to keep the house safe... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Coming of Age Day | cnbnews.net

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. (cnbnews.net) It is a natural step for parents who have seen their children through age seven to hope their kids grow up to become decent adults.As a result,people in Japan adopted the social custom of expressing gratitude for and celebrating the arrival of maturity in a splendid if solemn ceremony. Such coming of age rituals are still observed today. Image via Wikipedia Long ago,the average life span was only 40 years, the age at which one was considered an... Read more →

When East Meets West: Cultural Day a National Holiday in Japan-cnbnews.net

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. The Japanese economic was at it's peak back in 1986. The country was almost as great an economic power as the U.S.A. It's now 25 years later and Japan has changed greatly after experiencing the failure of the bubble economy, the lemon shock and the Great East Japan Earthquake. With the economic success of Asian countries (especially China), the world faces a new age.While corporations from advanced countries have moved their manufacturing overseas,the economies of those nations suffer and... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Shichi-go-san---Seven-Five-Three Day in Japan

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Shichi-go-san is the name of a traditional festival in Japan which celebrates the growth of children at the ages of three,five and seven. It takes place on the 15th of November each year,and it's common on this day for boys aged three and five and girls aged three and seven to visit a Buddhist shrines, temples or a Christian church often dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono for girls and boys a hakama. Image via Wikipedia Basically,these events are... Read more →

Joseph B. Miller Funeral Services Held; Cousin of CNBNews Columnist

Joseph B. Miller, 21, of Medford, passed away suddenly on October 4, 2011. Mr. Miller died after the car he was riding in struck a deer, followed by several trees. The driver of the car was injured. Mr. Miller was a student at Stockton College. He is the cousin of Hank Miller who writes the CNBNews.net column When East Meets West. Born in Cooper University Medical Center in Camden, Joseph was raised in Clementon, before moving to Medford in 1999. He attended St. Mary of... Read more →


Commentary By Hank F. Miller Jr. (cnbnews.net)The second Monday of October is Sports Day/Health-Sports Day in Japan. It's purpose is to promote health and well-being through sports,and this is the day for sports and to foster a sound mind and body. The day was originally celebrated on October 10th,the day that is most likely to be sunny at this time of the year according to statistical research result,to commemorate the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Around this time of the year sports festivals... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Summertime and Life's In and Outs -cnbnews.net

Image via Wikipedia Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. (cnbnews.net)This summer has been hotter and longer than most.But rather than fight it hide indoors in the comfort of air conditioning. Westerners of all ages seem to embrace the summer with a certain zest:tank tops, shorts, sandals, wrinkles,skin cancer. The Japanese on the other hand,do not seem to be suited for heat. I remember as a child in the summertime in Gloucester,City as a boy running in and out of the house all day long in... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: Moon-viewing :The "Day of the Chrysanthemum."

Image via Wikipedia Commentary by Hank F. Miller jr. This seasonal festival is also known as the"day of double yang."Nine is the largest of the numbers, which,being doubled on this date,makes it an especially auspicious day.Because this is the season when mums are in bloom,they are used for decorations while drinks are being poured.Another ritual associated with this day was the practice of wiping the skin with a piece of cotton cloth dampened by the evening dew taken from the chrysanthemums.These customs,were celebrated up until... Read more →

Remember When?: Comments Made in the Year 1955-cnbnews.

Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $2,000 will only buy a used one. Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter. Info submitted by Hank Miller, author unknown...more to come Related articles Arrest Warrant Issued for the Former Treasurer of the Gloucester City Swim Club -cnbnews.net (gloucestercitynews.net) LOOKING FOR THE BEETLE? Dept. of Agriculture to Survey Gloucester City-cnbnews.net (gloucestercitynews.net) Attention Gloucester City Residents-cnbnews.net (gloucestercitynews.net) Murphy chosen as... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST-Me The Fern and the Bamboo-cnbnews.net

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. (cnbnews.net)This is something we all need to read and apply to ourselves, One day I decided to quit.... I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality..... I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God."God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"His answer surprised me..."Look around", He said."Do you see the fern and the bamboo?""Yes", I replied."When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds,... Read more →

When East Meets West: Far too much local sovereignty in Japan? -cnbnews.net

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. (cnbnews.net)Since the Japanese Democratic Party came to power in September 2009 the word "chiho bunken" (devolution)has been replaced by the new expression "chiki shuken" (local sovereignty). The government on November 17 that year created the "Local Sovereignty Strategy Council" chaired by the Prime minister ,Naoto Kan. " Devolution)," which is an antonym of a centralized form of government,means delegating to local governments some of the power and authority now heavily concentrated in the central government ministries and agencies,which are... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: The Bombings-cnbnews.net

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. (cnbnews.net)August 7, 2011-The blast center Hiroshima City. At 25 meters in midair southeast of Shima Hospital at 19 Saikumachi,Cho.The death toll after the explosion, 140,000 people perished.The death toll by the atomic blast at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki has not been confirmed yet.The report to the United Nations Secretary General in 1976 said that the death toll was 140,000 in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki. Letter by Mr.Atarashi Oshima,a Church member on our church in Kuroseki, Kitakyushu City. At... Read more →

When East Meets West: The Bombing of Hiroshima -cnbnews.net

"Mothers Lullaby" Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. (cnbnews.net) August 6, 2011-A big old tree stands by the side of a road near the city of Hiroshima.Through the years,it has seen many things. One summer night the tree heard a lullaby.A mother was singing to her little girl under the tree. They looked happy and the song sounded sweet.But the tree remembered something sad. Yes, It was 66 years ago. I heard a lullaby that night too." On the morning of that day,a big bomb... Read more →

Visiting home and family graves during the summer holidays-cnbnews.net

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Note: Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City who resides in Kitakyushu City, Japan. category WHEN EAST MEETS WEST A series of events called "Oban" is centered on August 13th, to 15th,when Japanese greets their ancesters spirits.Oban is a Buddist festival when the Japanese people welcome and enertain their ancesters spirits who are believed to have returned home to the mortal world. Oban combines indigenous Japanese religious faith in one's ancesters with Buddhist concepts.... Read more →

China Forced Newspapers to Ax Rail Crash Pages- cnbnews.net

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. MIller Jr. China imposed a widespread ban on coverage of last month's high-speed train crash,forcing newspapers across the country to scrap pages of stories,Hong Kong newspapers reported Sunday. The Sundy Morning Post said that Chinese propaganda authorities issued a censorship order late Friday,banning all coverage of the crash"except positive news or information released by the authorities."The ban came after state media published rare criticism of the government over its responce to the July 23 crash,which killed at... Read more →

China Train Crash May Scare off Overseas Buyers-cnbnews.net

Image via Wikipedia WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. A fatal crash on China's high-speed train network could scuttle Beijing's ambitions to sell the technology overseas and could also hit its existing rail exports.Shares in Chinese rail and train builders have fallen sharply since the accident,which killed at least 39 people and injured 200, and raised questions as to the passengers who are still missing after the crash. PHOTO CHINESE PREMIER WEN JIABAO Beijing's rush to develop the world's biggest high-speed... Read more →

Japanese Experts Say: China's train accident unthinkable here -cnbnews.net

Image via Wikipedia WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. A Japanese expert who analyzed video footage of Saturday's fatal bullet train accident in China said Sunday it was and accident hard to imagine happening here in Japan,even though one of the trains involved appears to be one modeled on a domestic shinkansen. A Japanese Railway official said shinkansen systems have been equipped with automatic train contol devices since they were inaugurated in 1964 because of the understanding that it would be... Read more →


Image via Wikipedia WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. China has banned local journalist from investigating the cause of the deadly high-speed train crash that has triggered public outrage and raised questions over safety, reports said Tuesday. China's propaganda department issued the order Sunday, according to a copy of the directives published by the China Digital Times, a U.S.-based site focusing on web news from China. News that journalists had been ordered to focus instead on"touching stories"about blood donors coming forward... Read more →

Derailment rises doubts about China's fast rail system -cnbnews.net

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Note: Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City who resides in Kitakyushu City, Japan. category WHEN EAST MEETS WEST Doubts about China's breakneck plans to expand high-rail across the country have been underscored by a bullet train wreck that killed at least 36 people. Image via Wikipedia Railways Minister Sheng Guangzu has apologized to the victims of Saturday's crash, and their families. "As I watched on TV the complete broadcast',I noted most for my... Read more →

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST : It' Now Time For Complete BS

Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr. Socrates said his wisdom flowed from knowing he knew nothing.I can relate.Except in my case, I know almost nothing. Yet I do have one area of expertise from which my own personal wisdom flowed. That being: I am an expert on BS. I write BS. I talk BS. I breathe BS. If there is one thing I know it's BS, I am so full of BS. that I myself doubt most of what I say. So,of course, I am... Read more →