Tuesday, August 7, 2018



There was leftover moisture on the ground this morning.  My detective senses told me it had rained lightly before dawn.  The rest of the day was basically dry.  Clouds this afternoon looked like a storm was coming, but the wind kicked them out.  It was a good weather day.

The ‘Easy Monday’ song was named by only a few of you.  This used to be a favorite.  Here’s verse two for your mind:“Time can never mend the __ __ of a good friend.  To the heart and mind, ignorance is kind.  There’s no comfort in the truth, pain is all you’ll find.  I’m never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm.  Though it’s easy to pretend, I know you’re not a fool…”  Hint:  In the middle of the night it will come to you: wham, right in the face, ‘I know this song’.  Title:  irresponsible, soft-spoken voice, barely audible, etc.

This morning we drove up to the little community by Cat’s university and met her at Shong.  We did the usual, we had coffee, she had breakfast.  She has finished the week of hosting students from China, with her department.  They crammed a lot of activities into that time.  Since we saw her last, they went to Walking Street, the Clock Tower, had a lesson in kick boxing, planted rice, and learn some traditional Thai dances.  This week there is a group from Indonesia visiting as part of an annual exchange program.  They will be here for about 10 days, staying on campus.  Next year Cat has an opportunity to be a part of the group that will go to Indonesia.  She is about to begin her third year of college.  During our visit, we had another deep discussion about language, pronunciation and ways to teach and learn. 

Starting tomorrow, there will be a Celebration of Indigenous People here in Chiang Rai.  It will probably be downtown by the museum, where there is no parking, but people manage to park anyway.  I think it’s a wonderful thing that may start to lift the prejudice that exists toward the folks who were here first.  

This afternoon Khun Wolf, his nickname, came to the house to begin the training of us all, including Chopper (5).  He is bilingual and that's great, because we all know what is being said.  He demonstrated some techniques to use right away to get Choppers attention and let him know who is in charge.  After he demonstrated, he had Gong and Natcha try it out.  They were both able to keep him from asserting himself too much.  We all have a week to practice, and Chopper has a week of the four of us messing with him.  In the end, I think we’ll all be happier.  

Today’s photo is another view of the giant cats at the art gallery in Nan, where Lisa is in an exhibit with 24 other women artists.  Nice Kitty.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


“Being at ease with not knowing 
is crucial for answers to come to you.”
~Eckahart Tolle

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