It is hard to keep old folks from making me feel guilty

kissingerThe older I get, the more religiously do I check out obituaries.  I doubt that I am not unlike many other of my contemporaries and folks who are much older than me.  Of particular interest to me is the causes of death.

But there is one aspect of obits of the elderly that gnaws at me.  It concerns particular phrases or sentences that I note all too frequently for my taste, especially regarding octogenarians and nonagenerians.  The phrasing tends to run something like this: Continue reading

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Two schools represent distinction with a big difference

IMG_5604The complex in the photo above was called S-21 by the Khmer Rouge.  Today it is known variously as the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields Museum of Cambodia.

The facility had been converted from a public high school to an incomprehensibly brutal prison in 1975-79, when up to 2 million Cambodians died.  Of the 14,000 ordinary citizens believed to have been incarcerated there, only seven survived the starvation, inhuman living conditions, torture and outright execution.

Toul Sleng is a 10-15-minute walk from my home, and I have occasion to pass by regularly.  It is wholly visible from the roof of my 15-story building.  Seeing it Continue reading

Bhutan is a destination worth adding to your bucket list

275Bhutan is everything wonderful you may have heard about the landlocked country that celebrates its “Gross National Happiness.”  It also is a bit less.  

What’s I mean by “less” relates to
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