The National Religious Campaign Against Torture - that's their website. I used to post stuff from them now and then. It's been too long. They've been part of the campaign to end solitary confinement for a long time. I pray for their success.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Just learned our second Astra-Zeneca shot is scheduled for next Wednesday, the 23rd, three months after the first. It was going to be at the end of May, but I was pleased to see they followed AZ advice to space them three months apart for maximum efficacy. I never looked forward to a shot this much.
Monday, June 14, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Bali Go Down
In love with the lovely people - embraced in their culture so fine
Priest pours holy water o'er us - and we wear the three colored twine
Entranced in dances and Monkey Chants - offerings, altars, and weavings
The lushness the sea the sky and the breeze - we never want to be leaving
Ah darn but it's going down - down - Bali go down - Tibetan long horn sounding
Arrived on a Monday morning - flight from Singapore
Started off in Kuta - surroundings to explore
Hadn't been in Ubud - in almost thirty years
Didn't recognize it at all - so jam packed front and rear
It's going down - down - Bali go down - Theramin sighing
They called it the overbuilt island - way back in 92
And they didn't stop or miss a spot - another shop could undo
Fleets unloading at Gilimanuk - planes pourin to Ngara Rai
Concrete an trash are piling up - nothing scapes the charm killers eye
It's going down - down - Bali go down - Saw crying
As fast as the hopeful new opens - lonely ruins line long the street
Empty eateries beach chairs rooms taxis and floors - awaiting millions new feet
Then one brick too many was laid - and a shaking and rumblin began
The ground shifted down from the weight of it all - and the ocean rushed in cross the sand
It's going down - down - Bali go down - Timpani rumbling
From the deck of our ship - we look back as she slips
And like Titanic slinks - into Davey Jones' sinks
Silent and numb - with tears on the run
Wavin bye bye Bali Goodbye - bye bye Bali Goodbye - bye bye Bali Goodbye
Violin singing - shiva dances
Friday, June 11, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Working with Gus (pronounced goose) on a song in Indonesian and English. Talking about other songs he could produce. At one point he said in America you can write anything you want. But you can't do that here. I thought about what the limits are. They'd be somewhat different for locals and foreigners. We never of think that cause we feel so free here. I think local people here in Bali feel free too. Few would even want to write something controversial. For instance, there are laws here about dissing religions - not just Islam but the approved ones. There are six. You can check that out here.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
We keep hearing that Bali's going to let tourists in starting next month. Prez Jokowi said so recently. But they'll have to really want to come and have bucks to pay for quarantine which now for the few who can come in is five days in an approved hotel. And we hear they're considering moving to 14 days. And the quarantines are strict. One rumor we hear is that the tourists will then have to stay in one of the Green Zones. Sanur where we live is one of them. Ubud and Nusa Dua too.. They've tried to get everyone in those zones vaccinated. It was mandated but I there's no enforcement I know of. We get our second shot of Astra Zeneca later this month. It's also rumored that tourits have to stay in the Green Zones. We'll see.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Friday, June 4, 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
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