Monthly Archives: November 2012

A torch for enlightenment

A shrine, in the way I am using the term loosely, refers to any space where devotion or respectful contemplation is paid to a deity, or a figure representing someone, or a tablet with words or inscriptions. Shrines are everywhere … Continue reading

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A Jabuticaba feast and a fantasy of luscious black eyes

When you live in the tropics, life frequently brings you new fruits to try. Life brought me the Jabuticaba, at last, last week at Rusty’s market. I had blogged previously about the Jabuticaba in a post on the “Fruity Delights … Continue reading

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Seeds and pods, family businesses, happy people

Going to a folk festival or a night market can be a very educational experience for a scientist, as it offers many opportunities for some right brain stimulation to balance out the predominantly left brain activity demanded by scientific endeavors. … Continue reading

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Giants that return to the rain forest

Beyond the science of giants The world knows well enough of great trees like coastal redwoods, giant sequoias and douglas firs, and indeed, these trees of the Pacific Northwest are undoubtedly the grandest of trees alive. But much less people … Continue reading

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Entheongaia 2012, a celebration of plant – people relationships

When I came to Australia all those years back I encountered a subculture of people, hippies, whom I had never had much, if any contact in southeast Asia. But I always mused at the way they carried themselves, their ease … Continue reading

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Chewing betel nuts – a foray into an ancient practice

Culture catches up with me The chewing of betel nuts (Areca catechu) is a very ancient practice in Asia, and there is some evidence that suggests that this practice has been around for some 4000 years or so. Having grown … Continue reading

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