Monthly Archives: April 2011

Honor Your Father and Mother

Happy New Year! Today is the beginning of a three-day (officially) celebration of Songkran, the annual Thai New Year festival that is marked with the ritual of sprinkling friends and the elderly with water.  Mom and I have decided to … Continue reading

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Water of Flowers

Yesterday, I went to Central, a large upscale department store very similar to J C Penny. It has a TOPS grocery store in the basement that sells all kinds of fresh produce and a full range of other food supplies.  … Continue reading

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Presbyterian Legacy

Fourth Church in Bangkok was established more than 100 years ago in the middle of a rice paddy close to the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.  There is a faded old photograph of the church that hangs in their Fellowship … Continue reading

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The New Thailand

Thailand has changed and it would be remiss of me to allow you to think that I have come to this land to live in a mud hut and minister to an isolated and uneducated people.  The reality is that … Continue reading

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Dutchman’s Breeches

I will crassly admit that the sole purpose of this post is to make my siblings jealous – which is probably not something that a pastor should admit to in public, but there you have it. On the streets of … Continue reading

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Songkran 2011

Folks in Thailand are preparing for Songkran, the festival marking the Thai New Year. Celebrated nationwide, the most famous of the Songkran celebrations takes place in Chiangmai, the city where I will be stationed in the future. It is a festival that I … Continue reading

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A Glimpse Into Expectations

I recognize that I am afforded a measure of respect in this country that comes from riding on the coattails of my parents who are still remembered with warmth and affection in this country.  Everyone is assuming that the acorn … Continue reading

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Bartering as Social Interaction

I have forgotten… oh, how many times I will say that in the coming months!  I have forgotten that bartering, in Thailand, is social interaction a la Facebook. Nothing sells for its face value in this culture without deep disappointment on … Continue reading

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Amazing Strangers

What an amazing group of total strangers we have met in our transition!  We set the time for our departure from Stephenville, Texas, for 1 PM on Saturday, April 2nd. And we missed! Even though the Presbyterian Men showed up … Continue reading

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STUFF-ness Detox

It is 4:30 AM in Bangkok and, yes, we are finally here, but I do not want to repeat the last two months of my life in any future part of this life – or the next! I am swearing … Continue reading

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