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  1. Wow! Welcome, ummm, home? I feel almost the same way here in the valley of monstrous second and third homes. Although I have also met some wonderful people of the land here interspersed among the forest of overbuilt behemoth testaments to shortsighted greed! Remember what Vamanadeva said to Bali?
    “If I cannot be satisfied with 3 paces on land, then I would not be satisfied with obtaining the entire universe!”

  2. Nice post Radha!
    I am glad you are over your jet lag! It takes me 2 weeks to acclimate when I come to US, being older. Now you might understand why I felt tired all the time when I came to visit….
    I had a Philipino art student for 2 years, very serious, an hospital doctor. Now I am wondering what he was doing in US…. Same with my Mexican art student. They leave their beautiful country to come to heartless America…
    And you know what you want yourself, when you have your own land, you won’t put any signs to keep away. You might want to put a sign saying “welcome!”

  3. We use the word ‘community’ all the time and yet we don’t really understand what it is . . . we don’t know how to share because we don’t need to. In so many ways poverty is simplicity and we have all we really need . . . wealth brings separation and isolation that I imagine would be completely unfamiliar in much of the world. I’ve been through culture shock, especially when I was living in the Boston suburbs. Returning to Vermont was easier . . . and yet I’m still all to aware of how much more I have than I need.

  4. This is the verse of “This Land is Your Land” that they didn’t teach us in school:

    “As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
    That side was made for you and me.”

    I read you loud and clear. Re-entry is always a bigger jolt for me than leaving. There’s such a strong sense that life in the US just doesn’t make sense. It’s such a shock on returning and then slowly the distance between people and the machine driven world begin to seem normal again. Hmmm. Might be time to leave the country again.

  5. I like the picture of the squirrel. 😉

    I gained a new found appreciation for the United States after traveling by bicycle in Mexico for three months, and although I totally see your perspective on the huge houses and no trespassing, I also love it here! Cycle touring here I’ve met so many generous, kind and amazingly helpful people.

    I do feel isolated, however, and I’m always looking for ways to make community however I can. It sure would help if I stopped moving every few years! 😛

    Great pictures as always, makes me want to get a good camera!

  6. Oh, and nice to see the proper lyrics to the “my land” song… hee hee! That’s a much better version!