Watching, Hearing the Rice

A long time ago, during one of my initial stays in Southeast Asia, I first heard a certain saying about farmers throughout the region: some of them plant the rice, others watch it grow, and some simply listen to it grow. It’s meant to be a commentary on stereotypes, ethnic relations and workmanship. I won’t […]

Wow. That stung a bit.

(Guest post by Jerry) Welcome back! The Rambler was down there for a bit, but certainly not out. A webhosting snafu kept the blog software from finding and reading the rich, well-reported database of Truth, that is the essence of Ramblingspoon (Techno babble: php scripts inexplicably stopped fetching data from the SQL database. Had to […]

Are We There Yet?

An Indian man transports water in the wintertime fog of an early morning in West Bengal. Are we even close? Last week, world leaders gathered in New York to discuss progress made—or not—toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals aimed at alleviating world hunger, poverty and disease. On the upside: we have a new $40 billion […]