Friday, January 31, 2014


Happy Horses!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The gun lobby is doing a wonderful job! In the United States every year, ten thousand children and adolescents are killed or injured by guns every year. Over 7,000 are treated or die in hospitals from gun wounds, and another 3,000 die before they make it to the hospital. Think of the profit! The NRA must be so proud!
The mortality rate from firearms in the U.S. is nearly 10 times higher than the rates in other wealthy nations. In the first 14 school days of 2014 alone, there were at least seven school shootings. See what a good job the gun lobby is doing?
Keep pretending that guns can protect freedom in a digital age, and keep the profits rolling in for the people who sell guns and ammunition. A child’s freedom to live cannot compare with the industry’s need for profit.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

「衣服要新,朋友要舊。」鋸木時,有人喊門:大驚喜!我老友軋輅吩咐娜魯灣幫我與撒毖做兩件達彥的衣服。穿新衣過新年!ㄇ懷西木把賴!!A wonderful surprise today: Naluwan and Qosun came with Tayal tops for us, at the behest of my old friend Qalux ~ he chose the fabric and his wife Naluwan sewed them. A great start for the coming new year! Mhway simu balay!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The blogosphere has been clearer for the last several days: we were very busy preparing for a two day workshop at the Reformatory, the 20th and 21st. This workshop involved Family Systemic Constellation. I wouldn’t say that all of the boys in the Reformatory come from troubled homes, only about 99.9%, so working on the family is of first importance. But because their families are so (if you don’t mind my slipping into technical jargon) messed up, they have very strong defense mechanisms, and progress was necessarily slow. But they did try, they did learn, and a good time was had by all.
Working with these boys is fulfilling but exhausting; once we got home I slept for eleven hours.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Friday, January 10, 2014

The Eveny live in harsh Siberia, home of wolves and bears. A young Eveny herder expressed his distaste for settling down in a village: “It’s boring in the village. There’s nothing to do but sit around and watch television.” 

based on Vitebsky, The Reindeer People  

Thursday, January 09, 2014

2 AM, Tlahuy started barking, and Byajing followed suit. In a moment, Yumin charged out barking at top volume. It was drizzling and cold, the blankets were dry and warm, I really didn’t want to pay them any attention. But Yumin kept barking, so I finally got a flashlight to investigate. Nothing. It could have been a boar, or a stray dog, maybe a wandering ghost, or whatever. I wonder what Yumin saw.
I wonder what the dogs saw. If only they could talk.
Yumin: “Yaba, it was terrible, a horrid monster with eighteen eyes blazing in the night, with ten fangs, each one longer and sharper than your laraw, but I wasn’t afraid! I gallantly rushed forward, and the monster knew it had met its match, so it ran away, but I bravely chased after it to make sure it would never come back! What a brave beagle am I!”
Byajing: “Yaba, I didn’t see anything, but my brothers barked, so of course I had to join in." 
Tlahuy: "Yaba, sorry, I dreamed about those four strays that threatened us when I was young. I barked in my sleep, and I was so loud I woke everybody up. Sorry, everything's okay."

Monday, January 06, 2014

A self-respecting person who holds his head high is not going to become an alcoholic or doper, is not going to make trouble or break laws, and is most likely to be a productive, useful citizen.
In other words, promoting tribal languages benefits the whole society.

Saturday, January 04, 2014


Thursday, January 02, 2014

IMHO, this is reasonable. In 1938, average annual income was US$1731, a new house US$3,900, a new car $860, and a year tuition at Harvard US$420. In other words, a new house cost about two years and three month’s pay. A new car cost roughly six month’s pay, and a year at Harvard only about three month’s pay.
Nowadays, the average annual income per household in the US is about $50,000. A new house costs roughly $800,000, A new car costs an average of $31,252, and a year tuition at Harvard $32557; if you include room and board, because it’s nice to eat when you go to college, the figure is $47100.
So now a new house costs 16 years’ pay, a new car about six month’s pay, and a year tuition at Harvard a little more than six month’s pay.
臺灣算平均年薪三十七萬元。平均房價是二十三萬元一坪,三十坪就要七百萬左右,所以買房子要吃掉十八年半的薪水。(臺北市平均房價是六十五萬五千一坪,三十坪一千九百六十五萬,只要工作五十三年,把所有薪水交給建商,就有自己一棟房子,真窩心。)一台Toyota Camry約八十五萬臺幣,Altis要六十五萬,算兩年薪水吧。唸哈佛一年要百萬上下。還好我們家三個小朋友追貓咪不必念大學。
happy new year to all.