29 June 2005

Gallery: Cambodia 2

Here's another one. In this part of the adventure, the intrepid travelers go to visit the temples of Angkor Wat. After an exhausting day in the heat of the jungle, they head south for some time on the Tonle Sap, a large brown lake to the south of Siem Reap.

Now presenting Cambodia Gallery 2.

Stopping. Backing Up. Making Sense Of It.

I spent a few hours tonight at a local coffeeshop and sat across the table from Djibril N'Doye, an Senagalese artist who lives nearby. He traced a line with his finger along the edge of a saucer and quoted an African proverb. Roughly translated, it went something like this:

"If you are on a journey and you find that you have lost your way, go back! Return to the place you last knew for sure. Otherwise you will only walk in circles and waste much time."

He also said, "Do what you love. Don't try to explain it."

Does God speak sometimes from the corners of obnoxiously loud, gregarious coffeeshops when you're trying to ignore him and everyone else in this ridiculous town and get some work done for a change? I think so.

27 June 2005

Gallery: Indonesia

Oh my, we're really hopping now -- two galleries in two days! Here's Indonesia Gallery 1 featuring Indonesia! This could get addicting.

A Prayer I'd Like To Remember

Walk with me empty, walk with me strong
The hush of our voices, when the day seems so long
It is like a balm, it is like a jewel
It unravels all I thought I knew

Tell me the story, where old is made new
The promise of ages, and all things that are true
When the shadows fall and the wrecking ball
Swings and tears me through the heart

Will you lead me, beside the still waters
Where the oil, it runs over, and my cup overflows
You restore my soul

-- Caedmon's Call, Walk With Me from Back Home album

26 June 2005

Gallery: Cambodia 1

I've made my first attempt at displaying a few of the images from this last trip to Southeast Asia. The file is in Flash format, which is a new thing for me, with a bit of a steep learning curve, but I think it will enhance the experience (captions! nifty transparency effects!). You can get viewer if you don't have one from the Macromedia website.

Here's Cambodia Gallery 1. Enjoy...

P.S. At 2.5MB, it's a little ungainly still for you web Luddites who insist on keeping your modem dialup configuration. I apologize. Please understand that I feel your pain, because I must confess that, yes, I too am a web Luddite. Dialup is cool.

Anyway, just click on the link and go make a cup of tea. When you get back, everything should be in order. Not everything is meant to be instant anyway. Most of the good things aren't. And if you're an impatient Luddite like me, I'd suggest saving it until you get to work. What else is that high speed office LAN for anyway?

22 June 2005

Nothing To Do With Anything: Huck Finn

"What you want, above all things, on a raft, is for everybody to be satisfied, and feel right and kind towards the others."
- Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn

I'd say this is probably true of more things than just rafts.

20 June 2005

Grace In The Wilderness

Some Cambodia pictures here: cambodia_2005.mov (Quicktime)

If it's too big for you to download, wait a few days. I'll be putting up the same pictures in a web gallery soon.

The background music is a song by Eoghan Heaslip called "Grace In The Wilderness". I'm using it without permission (sorry, I can't help myself), but it's a beautiful song and I would highly recommend getting the CD by the same title. It's all good and the real thing sounds much better than this crappy, highly-compressed, internet version. You can find it here, and elsewhere.

14 June 2005

A Prayer

You have been brought for a few days to a place of safety and peace, a table in the wilderness. I pray you eat well and drink deeply. I pray you hear words of hope. I pray with all my heart that you find healing, that the prayers of the saints surround you and lift you up. This is my prayer for you.

To quote that famous theologian Chris Martin:

(oo-oo-oo) That's right
Let's take a breath, jump over the side
(oo-oo-oo) That's right
You know that darkness always turns into light

Home?

I'm back in the land of high speed internet and coffee on every corner, a little disoriented by the changes in time zone and perspective, but gradually adjusting again. Not that I really wanted to adjust. I was doing just fine where I was. The simplicity and the chaos of the place suited me. I even enjoyed the heat most of the time. Here in Los Angeles, everyone is clean and dry and has money in their pockets. Even the bums are picky. I don't know how to live here and still keep a hold on reality. It slips away so easily.

But you can't hide out forever, I guess. So here I am. I'll put up a few pictures soon.

07 June 2005

One Reason To Come To Cambodia

05 June 2005

Hello From Cambodia

Yes, I'm still alive.