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A Breif Departure from Normalcy

“When a person has nothing to eat, fasting is the smartest thing he could do.” – Herman Hesse, Siddhartha. Earlier this morning I went shopping for the ingredients for a homemade bone stock which I’ll use as a base for a … Continue reading

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2012– The Year of Swift and Relentless Lateral Drift– Part 2

Where am I? What am I doing here? I started building a house in Vientiane a few years ago on a plot of land I bought (well, paid for, anyway) in 2008. The plot is about 800 square meters and … Continue reading

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2012– The Year of Swift and Relentless Lateral Drift– Part 1

…you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until you come across something that allows you to expand the roots of what you already know.” -Robert M. Pirsig While little physical progress was made on my Wrong Way … Continue reading

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Lack-of-Progress Update, October, 2012

You may think I haven’t had enough to drink if I say, “No progress is good progress.” It wouldn’t be true, of course, if I actually had concrete plans to follow and schedules to maintain– instead, I have whimsical notions, … 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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