rambling physically and mentally in Wulai, a Tayal aborigine village in the mountains an hour's drive south of Taipei; various and sundry comments, criticisms, analyses, and snide remarks. firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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
「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!!
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.
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.”
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
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."
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
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.