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POSTCARD#362: Bangkok: The Government on Friday, April 03, 2020, reported 103 new local cases of Covid-19, raising the total to 1,978, and four new deaths which increased the toll to 19. Thailand is a small country about the size of Texas. Efforts at containment of the virus means we are on stay-at-home conditions although some goods and services are still being delivered. I haven’t been out of the house for two weeks… have everything I need. We get most things by a masked man on a motorbike. He always gets a tip from this household.

My sense of being at home is quiet and at ease because we are provincial. Also the busy road network all around is deserted right now – everyone working from home if possible. So there’s time to reflect on what else is going on in our World of people on stay-at-home conditions.

Fortunately there’s also…

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Share The Light*


* Why not share the light?

Public Service Announcement: Double Senryu


Tell ‘ee what to do
Televisions, telephones.
Dangers lurk. Beware!

But ‘ee may stay home
If ‘ee know what’s good for ‘ee
Don’t look out, look in.


Consensus reality meltdown* Thought-provoking article.

“The current disturbances in our collective reality bubble — what I refer to as the consensus reality meltdown — is creating psychological, physical, and emotional impacts that are affecting our collective well-being. The mainstream media participates in and promotes the mutating of the consensus reality narrative through sensationalizing specific, targeted events. They seize upon a particular topic that inflames the collective imagination. In this way, the human mind is constantly forced to recall and replay our collective projected fears. Rather than averting disaster we now indulge in thoughts of survival or disaster preparation. We’ve come to accept that something’s coming and it’s going to hurt — whatever it is. In this way, we are dealing with many ‘thought-viruses’ alongside the biological ones. At times such as this, we should be mindful of what we are projecting to others — whether through our social media messages, our everyday communications, and our emotional and mental states.

Everything we put out becomes as vibrational food for ourselves and others. And as they say — you are what you eat.*”




Trying to use up
These bits and pieces
She never finished

Paper tissues
(Bless you)

I don’t use much of either
See, me, I prefer cotton
Prefer wholemeal

It’s eighteen months
And there’s plenty left yet
She doesn’t need them now


Just saying …

(One for dear Terry.)

BUDDHA IN THE MUD by Tony Barrs. There are two truths: the real and the seemingly real. Their connection is the negative emotions. On the path of the seemingly real, the emotions imprison us. On the path of the real, the emotions liberate us. There is a secret life to the emotions.

Fear And Fearfulness

Normal fear is alerted when anything in the present moment is seen as a danger or precarious, which might be a physical or mental situation that we have to deal with. This isn’t really fear; it’s being alert, being aware. We are skilful when doing or saying anything.

Fearfulness, on the other hand, is being full of fear, and is a constant state of anxiety, of being a victim. Once we become a victim by some trauma, we can be induced and manipulated into passivity or excitement.

1. A person harmed, injured, or kill
2. A person who is tricked or duped.
3. A person who has come to feel helpless and passive in the face of misfortune or ill-treatment.

There are ‘influencers’ in the world. Influence: from Latin influere, ‘to flow’. All forms of media spread exaggeration and distortion about the material world, turning our attention away from consciousness itself: we don’t realise the influence this turmoil of hope and fear…

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Let Me Explain: Senryu


He says not a word
He offers her a flower
Nods his head, smiles

~~~~~ ~ ~~~~~

Social distancing? Not a problem. ❤️ 🙂

Shelfishness: Shadorma


Empty shelves
Tug at sleeves, whisper
“Get some more”
“Just in case”
Fearfulness, senselessness, greed
Enough already

Twaddle: Shadorma


They talk of
A future, get us
What nonsense!
For they may only surmise
As may we.

Don’t Look There, Look Here

What We’re Not Being Told About the Wuhan Coronavirus

“What’s the dark secret our mainstream news outlets aren’t telling us about this disease outbreak? Americans are being menaced by a brain-eating virus, but it isn’t coming from abroad.”

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