44) Lockdown 20: Wales

Marilyn Campbell is a friend and writer who divides her time between Wales and Aix-en-Provence. We are both members of an on-again, off-again writers group in Aix called The Plumes. Here is her report from Wales. We live in the United Kingdom but just now, it is in some ways less United than ever. Our…

41) Coronavirus Tokyo

Hello. This is Nan Yamada in Japan, where I’ve lived, mostly, since 1973. Joyce and I went to high school together and recently have been back in touch, even Zooming with another classmate in Massachusetts. Joyce asked about life with the virus in Japan so here goes, at least regarding my corner of Tokyo. A…

37: Lockdown 15: California

Guest Post by Carol Swenson in Capitola, California Perfectly distance benches for viewing the Pacific Ocean I’m taking on Joyce’s request to describe life here in California with the coronavirus. First, it’s important to remember that there IS no unified response in the US, and that the president is ignorant, power-grabbing, and devoid of either…

17) Bali: The Temples

There are four kinds of temples for worship in the Balinese Hindu religion. The primary temple is the family temple. Each home or family compound has one for daily prayers and offerings to the Hindu gods. The second kind is for people who all perform the same kind of work, for example fishermen or woodworkers.…

16)Bali – Royal Water Gardens

Of all the places I visited during my one-week tour of Bali, the Tirta Gangaa royal water gardens was my favorite. The gardens, which look ancient, were actually built in the 1940s by  Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut, the last King of Karangsem (1887 – 1966). The complex was almost entirely destroyed by the eruption…

15) Goa Lawah: more on Bali death rites

  After local cremation ceremonies, many Balinese families take the ashes of their loved ones to the Pura Goa Lawah (Bat Cave Temple) on Bali’s south coast for final blessing ceremonies by the priests there. The temple is named for the thousands of bats who live in a vast cave set into the embankment behind…