Sunday, May 01, 2016

昨晚回家時,下垂小樹枝擋路,枝上棲一隻小小的領角鴞,非常可愛!伸手可及,一直看著我們,一點也不怕生,還很有耐心等我們拍照。阿彌陀佛,小朋友,常回來看我們!Coming home last night, I was blocked by a thin branch hanging oddly across the path. I was quite surprised to find myself looking at an adorable little scops owl, perched on the branch, easily within reach. It patiently posed for photo after photo. Amitabha, little friend, come back to see us again!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

林則徐轉世了!六三禁菸節,四卅禁牙節。A difficult but great step in saving elephants and rhinoceroses. Officials in Kenya burned 105 tons of elephant ivory, 1.35 tons of rhino horn, animal skins, and sandalwood, medicinal bark, and other contraband products. Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Kitili Mbathi said. "The only value of the ivory is tusks on a live elephant." Hear, hear!

Friday, April 29, 2016

蛇很有耐心,可以靜止不動很久,但若要快,速度閃電快。看到門前一條蛇來訪,出去打招呼,Ksasan聽到我出來了,她來看我要不要玩,看到蛇就很有興趣。蛇離場。Snakes can remain immobile for a long time, but when they want to move, they are lightning. I saw a snake outside the front door. I went out for a closer look. Ksasan heard the door open and came to see if I wanted to play. The snake took off.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A reconstruction of music from the middle ages.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

蛇維護生態。如果沒有蛇,我們人類遭殃了。
如果你在臺灣爬過山,你一定曾在近距離與蛇邂逅,只是你可能不知道。蛇在草叢、在枯葉行走是沒有聲音的。如果你聽到蛇,是蛇放出聲音跟你打招呼。
今天到外面,聽到竹簧有聲音,一條過山刀過山,至少一百八十公分。很美!
Snakes can glide silently across brittle dead leaves. If you hear a snake, it made a sound for you to hear.
This afternoon I was outside. I heard a noise by some bamboo. There was a Big Eyed Rat Snake (Zaocys dhumnades), at least 180cm long, passing by. Isn’t this a beauty!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Former House Speaker Hastert is facing up to six months in prison for illegal payments to one of the boys he raped when he was a wrestling coach (LINK). He says that he doesn’t want to go to jail because he has “suffered enough.” He has “acknowledged” but not apologized for raping teenaged boys.
He has his backers, such as Rep Tom DeLay of Texas, who has called Hastert a man of integrity and strong faith. Well, that’s a powerful recommendation that carries great moral authority, seeing as it comes from a man who managed to overturn his conviction for money laundering (LINK)
Come on, let’s be realistic. If Hastert was still a high school wrestling coach, he’d be lucky if the local people didn’t lynch him, and would be sure to spend decades enjoying his position in a penitentiary as a known child molester. Should his sentence be reduced simply because he acquired political clout?
Should, not will. Should, absolutely not. Will, very likely.

Monday, April 25, 2016

I was raised a Lutheran, so I grew up reading the Bible carefully. Of course I left the church years ago, so my memory may be hazy, but I disremember Jesus saying, Violence solves problems, or, Honor the Second Amendment above the Sixth Commandment, or, Carry weapons when you come to worship.