Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Challenge of Everyday, Part 3

“prung nii.” Speaking slowly in Thai, Dtarn approached me cautiously, hesitantly as always. “chai. Yes,” I said. “Tomorrow.” “In the morning.” “Ok.” “8:30.” “Yes.” “Reserve, reser—-.” “The reservoir?” “Reservoir, chai. suea sii lueang.” “Ok, yellow shirt.” “Chai, chai. Long pants.” … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Everyday, Part 2

It was a good day. The needle on the ETometer had settled back down a bit and things were looking hopeful. The ETometer is a little imagining of mine. It’s a gauge that measures my propensity to leave the Peace … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Everyday, Part 1

I was never one for making New Year’s resolutions, for taking stock at the end of the year and looking forward, setting typically unrealistic goals for the year ahead. Although the last time I did it was in 1982 when … Continue reading

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In The End, This Is A Touching Story

He was sitting in his shop, the front room of his home, talking to a friend and fiddling with his razors. The room is small with a concrete floor. It contains a single barber’s chair, a rickety wooden bench and … Continue reading

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