By now, I had planned to post all of my photographs from Burma. However, my own country has been seized by anti-democratic oligarchs, whose activities have escalated. Their assaults are so many, that it is now difficult to keep up. It has come to the point that we, as a people, can no longer afford … Continue reading
Social Media Bill (1) Here in Arkansas, Nate Bell (note that I refuse to call anyone Representative who does not, in fact, represent the people) has proposed changes to a social media bill passed in 2013. These changes effectively scrap the protections that bill afforded. Under the proposed legislation, employers can require employees to connect with them … Continue reading
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I am halfway through this book, and am finding it difficult to put down. It’s an important work, and Russell Brand has voiced what many of us are thinking. Unfortunately, here in the U.S., the politicians have worked to divide us into team Republican and team Democrat (both possessed by the same owners, by the … Continue reading
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We also visited Ananda Pagoda while in Bagan. Ananda was built between 1105 and 1180 AD, and houses four large, standing Buddhas. One Buddha welcomes visitors with an impish smile. The statue’s pursed lips seem to hold back a particularly amusing anecdote, which the Buddha will be glad to tell you once you’ve made your … Continue reading
Before leaving for Myanmar, I read a book called An English Girl’s First Impressions of Burmah, by Beth Ellis. It was a free book, which I downloaded from Project Gutenberg. I have since recorded this book, with the assistance of recording-team members Availle and Kathrine Engan, for Librivox.org. Feel free to download it, and listen at … Continue reading
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One of the highlights of our Smartours trip was our visit to Sulamani Temple in Bagan, which was built in 1183. Throughout Myanmar, dogs lay wherever they choose. People walk past them without speaking to them, or making eye contact. Dogs react similarly to passing people. I only heard barking once, when our group crossed an empty … Continue reading