A Liquor Store is like a Drive-Thru Cheers

Notes From the Liquor Store... Thought I was finished working here. But I remembered, I do like the liquor store. Been coming in and chatting with Norm at night.  He's helping with my studies in Arabic philosophy.  So I thought I'd give him a night off so he can run errands and cook dinner for … Continue reading A Liquor Store is like a Drive-Thru Cheers

College Internships and Fears of Hanging

I wrote a blog about the city of Yangon last month.  I visited there in February, and quite liked the city.  It is a vibrant city, busy, without being threatening.  I met some teachers there too whose company I really enjoyed, as well as a number of other people.  We talked about teaching, complained about … Continue reading College Internships and Fears of Hanging

George Orwell and the Modern Yangon INGO Worker

  Recently I ran across a Western diplomat, this one from an embassy in Southeast Asia.  I dream of having intellectual conversations with such people.  After all they hold the levers of governmental power, particularly the big aid budgets in Myanmar, Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, the conversations are usually one sided.  … Continue reading George Orwell and the Modern Yangon INGO Worker

Lost Ethnographies, and other musings

Here is a link to a book with a real original thought!  The Lost Ethnographies.  Most projects of course never get anywhere.  For example last month I wrote a brief blog about my trip to Yangon, and why I though it seemed like an interesting and engaging city.  I promised a follow-up blog about its … Continue reading Lost Ethnographies, and other musings