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The horror. . . the horror. . . Part 3

Before I get into the details of “The horror. . . ,” final episode, I’d like to give you all an update on the progress. I like to start things off with a bit of optimism. In an earlier post … Continue reading

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Traditional Lao Cooking– Whole Roasted Young Lao Woman

Cuisine Traditionnelle Lao– Tout le Rôti Jeune Femme Lao. Everything sounds tastier in French, doesn’t it? About a week ago I was given a rare opportunity. The neighbors were preparing to roast a young Lao woman over charcoal. I’ll have to … Continue reading

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The horror. . . the horror. . . Part 2

As you will remember, I am now firmly stuck at the bottom of the access slope, on the second of my land’s 3 tiers. These tiers, I should explain, begin at roughly main road level and progress downwards. The further … Continue reading

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Potatoes and Tomatoes– Unlikely Cures for Monotony

I don’t think even the most faithful of my readers can handle the second part of “The horror. . . the horror. . .” without something innocuous inserted between the two. And what could be more innocuous than potatoes and … Continue reading

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The horror. . . the horror. . . Part 1

That’s from Marlon Brando in the movie Apocalypse Now. If my last article was brimming with optimism, this one is dredged in disillusionment and despair. “It’s judgement that defeats us,” also from Apocalypse Now. Remember, though, these articles are out … Continue reading

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Construction Begins, Wicking Philosophical– Glorious Hindsight

That’s a haiku, by the way. For those of you who read my last article, you will notice that the aquaponic system has found a new location despite having had the legendary Kubota tractor level a site for it elsewhere. … Continue reading

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Elusive Progress

I arrived in Pakse on Monday, June the 11th, after an overnight stop in Thakhek, the midpoint between Vientiane and my land. My new Hyundai truck performed beautifully and was slightly less expensive to drive than the now-gone Chinese SUV. … Continue reading

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Awkward Pause to Commercial Mode– A Graceless Transition

Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand? — Hakuin Ekaku I’d say the sound of one hand clapping is pretty much the sound of my progress over the last few months. Rather … Continue reading

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Aquaponic System Final Design

I thought it’s about time to get down to business. So, I’m going to devote the month of June and probably a bit of July to building the first unit of what I hope will be many more units to … Continue reading

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Gandhi-Inspired Aquaponics

“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in the boat and drink beer all day.” (Mahatma Gandhi) As I begin to write this article, at this very … Continue reading

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