Myanmar National Museum and Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

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The air in the Myanmar National Museum in Yangon is stagnant and hot.  We fan ourselves with museum maps, as we wander room after room of banal artifacts.  Tools used by the country’s 135 indigenous cultural groups are displayed, as are a sprinkling of articles used by ancient kings.  The presentations are completely apolitical.  There … Continue reading

Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and releasing birds for merit – Yangon, Myanmar

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  Our tour bus escaped the blockage, and merged with a river of traffic that gurgled rather than flowed.  We headed toward Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and, upon arriving, piled our shoes into a plastic crate currently reserved for our group. I was immediately struck by how practical everything looked.  We entered into an open-air, warehouse-style structure … Continue reading

Waking up in Yangon

Our first morning in Yangon, we were awakened by hoarse, raucous cries, emanating from a large tree.  Sam thought monkeys were about, while I imagined parrots.  We parted the blinds, and saw large crows flitting between the twisted branches.  Crows fill a niche in Yangon, similar to that of pigeons in American cities. We dressed … Continue reading

Korean Airlines to Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar

Destination: Myanmar (aka Burma). We flew out of LAX on Korean Airlines, and were on our way. An hour into our flight, an attendant approached us with a bow. It had come to their attention that no one had verified our visas. We handed her the black-and-white printouts of our e-visas, and she appeared anxious. … Continue reading

Deflation is now

A friend said to me today that the biggest economic fear is deflation.  The powers that be – the faceless puppeteers who string our politicians – worry that the common person will lose faith in the economy and cease all unnecessary spending. As a result, tons of product will gather dust on the shelves. There will … Continue reading

Photographs from the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, TN

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This weekend, my husband and I visited the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.  The museum has something for everyone.  We stayed three hours, leaving when we simply couldn’t process more information.  We’ll definitely be making a second trip. The Bella Cafe is on the first floor.  The food is delicious.    

Rules and Introduction: Mayoral Candidates Speak at Harmony Grove School (Haskell, AR) – 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Harmony Grove School, Haskell, AR Candidates: Jayme Watson-Bruton Janie Lyman Gary Vice Jerry Tittle (not present)   Rules …so we have three of the four candidates here tonight.  Unfortunately, Mr. Gary Tittle had a scheduling conflict and he couldn’t make it.  So, we’re going to start by giving each candidate three … Continue reading