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Joyeux Noël!

December 26, 2010

On the 25th of December we had visitors from England and the Czech Republic. They enjoyed the Dokmai Garden food and I almost expected Stepan to lick the plate, but he politely used his spoon to get all the red curry sauce.

Later in the evening Ketsanee and I went to a Christmas dinner party with Nicolas and Catherine Hugnet and their friends.  Nicolas entertained us with stories about his father’s participation in the French resistance against the Nazi occupation. It is so fantastic to meet people who have been so close to the actual events you read about in the history books. Nicolas who is a successful publisher, is the son of Georges Hugnet who had a close relationship with the Dadaist and Surrealist movement after the first world war. Chiang Mai is indeed a fantastic city with fantastic people!

Eric Danell

This surrealistic painting by Magritte makes me think about the turtle statues in China. Many Chinese people believe that if they stroke the stone statue of a turtle, they will live a long life (like a real turtle). The problem is, the statue is not a turtle, it is a piece of rock! It almost seems genetic that humans need a golden calf, while the creation which stares us in the face, is treated like toilet paper. Cherish the creation!

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