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Got Rice?I would like to thank everyone who e-mailed me their support after reading my last blog entry. I came across a quote that pretty much sums it all up, and as a bonus, it's far more eloquent than I could ever write:

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

- Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude

Temple EntranceEveryone who has written me lately has proven Nouwen's words, and for that, I am extremely grateful. And while we're on the topic, I'd like to thank everyone for sharing this voyage with me.

This adventure seems to be the result of a cumulation of events, and my experiences with family and friends have obviously played a huge role in me being where I am, doing what I'm doing at this stage in life.

Here are a few photos from Bali. I don't really have any anecdotes to go along with them, so I apologize! Other than cheesy captions, I'll leave it up to your imagination to interpret the splendor of Indonesia. As you'll see, Bali is an island bursting (actually...overflowing) with the colours, textures and sounds of life. It could not have come at a better time.

Exiting the TempleI would like to once again give photo credit to Cody Reed, a talented photographer who isn't afraid (like I am) to really get into the action to get that memorable shot!

Selamat Minum, (Cheers!)

Enter this log entry at your own risk!
Shanti, dude!
Actually.. I'm getting mixed signals here, guys.
Oooooo... Silky!
Ahhhh.. Soft!
Mmmmm.. Crunchy!
Uuuugh... Slimy!
Let's get this party started..
D'votees lined up for inspection
Add a dash of rice..
..and enter the Temple
Slap on a sarong and sash and come right on in. Camera's ready, prepared to flash.
A Time for Reflection
A Time for Spirituality
A Time for Play
And one hell of a laundry hangover.
And the band played on..
And on and on..
The Daily Ritual
Laying out a daily offering at every doorway, every driveway, every shrine, and every shop entrance seems to be a part of the Balinese way of life.
Your typical driveway offering
For the gastronomic pleasure of any passing cats, dogs, spirits or Gods.
A Decent Offering
Religious or not, perhaps a daily ritual is the secret to slowing life down, breaking it into its basic elements, and living a more fulfilling existence. Like your morning Timmies double-double.
Orthodonist's Nightmare
Deep down inside, he's just a big softy.
The Gilded Door
What lies beyond? Another door no less gilded than the last.
Sacred Shade
Sticks like rice on white
A terrible waste of potential Arak (rice wine)
In Chase of a Higher Place
Just before I got "all templed out"
The Beauty of Bali
Cak! Cak! Cak!
The Kecak trance, as seen in the movie, "Baraka".
The Kecak Trance
An inefficient mode of travel
The Kecak Trance kicks in and things got weird.
Noble Beast or just a mooch?
In any case, our offerings of Sun Chips and peanuts were greedily snatched and scarfed.
Fear Not, My Bovine Friend!
Chances are, he won't end up on the dinner plate.
Backcountry Road
A typical Balinese country road.
The Rice Fields
Coming to a forehead near you..
The Artisan of Ubud
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