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Day of Thanks, Day of Mourning

Grilling Thai chicken at The Prem Organic Cooking Academy

On this day of Thanksgiving, we wake to bulbils singing in the trees and news of dozens dead in Mumbai. Thousands remain stranded in Bangkok, as we await word of friends and colleagues scheduled to arrive from North America, South America and the Middle East.

Life still goes on. It always does in critical times. We spend the morning touring The Prem Organic Cooking Academy and Farm, where visiting foreign students milk their own coconuts while their supervisors try to determine how to get the group out of Thailand.

We plan to meet friends for Thanksgiving dinner tonight. The sun shines, and little looks different on Chiang Mai’s streets. Fewer tourists, perhaps, and a caravan of red shirts heading toward government offices. But otherwise, it’s a cool, pleasant day with little sign of the chaos around us.

Some days more than others, we must try hard to find thanks and goodness in the small things. Like grilled chicken, sticky rice and a decent northern curry. Organic vegetables and clear skies.

Of course, here in Thailand, discussion revolves around political upheaval. But most people would prefer to move along, put politics aside. As one Prem Center instructor noted: “Cooking is better…. Just cooking and eating.”

May your kitchens be peaceful, wherever you are today.

Organic farming at Prem

(By the way, Al Jazeera consistently has the best and most comprehensive coverage on news from this region.)

8 replies on “Day of Thanks, Day of Mourning”

Happy Thanksgiving, it is truly dreadful what is happening in Mumbai and I wonder about the situation in Bangkok more and more. Have a nice dinner and stay safe

Will look into that, I had to put an anti-spam on because it was getting to the point where I was going to give it up. Sorry about that, will speak with my web designer.
See you’ve converted Jerry to Facebook!!!

Miles, not I. I have a Facebook account but never use it (aside from the rare occasion when it’s the only way I can reach a source). But a editor/designer friend of ours persuaded Jerry on the idea because of the Facebook photo community.

You are absolutely right about Al Jazeera. Nothing compares to the coverage. Every time I am in Thailand, I’m amazed at how this relatively new international news agency, with it’s huge contingent of reporters around the world, can produce such outstanding unbiased news and still be totally banned in the United States. I believe it’s shown in 120 countries around the world. Americans need to wake up to the rotten, closed media situation we have. Sorry to go political here but I see others got off-topic and this is one subject near and dear to my heart. I love Al Jazeera for their news coverage and lament the fact that I’ve got dozens of shopping channels but can’t watch the best international news.

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