Monthly Archives: April 2011

Wonderful Three Days at a Buddhist Meditation Center

Somebody wise said nothing great was ever achieved without effort, and I think it also applies to some smaller but important achievements. This post gives a taste of my experiences Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the mountains of western Thailand, … Continue reading

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My First Teacher’s Meeting

Had a big day today. The new Paw Aw (principal) at the elementary school has just arrived and he had a meeting with the teachers and so I had listening to Thai practice for three and a half hours straight. … Continue reading

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To Plastic or Not to Plastic

This was an easy question back home. I had long since given up plastic bags for groceries and typical purchases anywhere else, I carried cloth bags. Okay that part hasn’t changed. But even back home, I wasn’t extremist about this … Continue reading

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My First Hint that Something Was Up

My first hint that something was up occurred when I passed through town and the economic activity was ramped up beyond anything I could have imagined. There are weekly markets where vendors set up in different towns each day of … Continue reading

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Some Reasons to Join Peace Corps

1. You find out about your own personality For example, I looked around me at training and thought, these people are, in general, above average risk takers . . . oh, I guess I am too, although my values are … Continue reading

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Good Thing I’m Not Too Concerned About My Dignity

The bike helmet supplied by Peace Corps is falling apart. The straps are good and the shell is good but they aren’t attached to each other much. It looks like the vendor knew there was a problem, because there are … Continue reading

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