What Do George Cloony And I Have I Common?

July 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We were each recently injured while traveling in a foreign country! He was thrown onto the pavement yesterday, when a Mercedes swerved in front of his motorcycle from the opposite lane. In Sardinia, I think. He’s bunged up, but will be alright.

My accident, in Dumaguete, on June 26, wasn’t as dangerous as his, but led to ten days in a Philippine hospital and I am now holed up in a Cebu City hotel for a long, long rest while my broken shoulder and twisted knee completely heal. Luckily, this didn’t happen in traffic, but right in my hostel kitchen when I tripped on a brick ledge in the floor.

Pain is pain and I’m sure George Clooney and I are mutually uncomfortable. But we’re alive and will recover completely. He’s younger, so his bones were stronger. I was very happy not to have very brittle bones at my age. My shoulder merely has a compression fracture, a little more serious than a hairline break, which it was originally thought to be. Things could have been much worse and I’ll get lot’s of writing done during my enforced rest.

But talk about famous people! This injury led me to my sudden spectacular friendship with a top Philippine Rock Star Band, SALBAKUTA. I sat surrounded by them on the airplane coming here. They had just performed a huge stadium concert the night before. Most of them slept, but Mad, my seatmate, (with tatooed arms and sunglasses) and I, talked nonstop the whole hour-long flight. Whoulda’ thunk we would have had so much in common? I don’t know much about modern music.

Their latest hit is “S2upid Luv” (Stupid Love), which is beautiful. Look it up on You Tube for a listen. The verses are in the Filipino language but the chorus is in English. Check out their band there, too. I haven’t learned to post the link here yet; but I will now make an effort to learn.

And while I’m bragging about my intimacy with fame just this week, I’ll report this flattering compliment they gave me. When I first met all of them, as we were settling into our seats, they asked if I was Gloria Romero. She is a big Filipino movie star of an earlier era, who is now 83. They said I look just like her and to prove it, they googled her on their cell phones. But those pictures were taken in her youth when she resembled Elizabeth Taylor. Now, I have found some taken in her eighties after her hair had turned white like mine. Okay, we do look a little alike!

So all that surrounding love and feel-good messages were poured upon me, seemingly to compensate for the “owies” I was recovering from! Not a bad exchange!

I hope George Clooney gets the same for his broken bones today!

Living High In Lazi On Siquijor Island, Philippines

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m exploring the special little island of Siquijor by shifting accommodations once a week. I now have a very fancy,  AC, apartment Zosimos Resort in Lazi. Such a move from a lower bunk in a cramped, mixed dorm room with bathroom down the way!

But not nearly so social! I’m on my own, with desk space and supposedly working wi-fi to catch up on all my computing duties… like blogging on my two websites. Like my 5th book manuscript. Ummmm. Half the time, I can’t get online. A weak signal, or sonething. The apartment costs four times what Tori’s Backpacker’s Paradise cost, but has worse wi-fi. Maybe the fancy TV will redeem it, but I’m so out of the habit.

Discovering New Dimensions in Cebu City, Philippines

May 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I have now spent two weeks in the vital Wellnessland Wholeness Center, here in Cebu City, the second-largest town in the large Philippine 7000 Island chain. This is a great Health Center  combining a small hotel/hostel/Conference Center

with an attached Organic and Plant-Based Food Cafe as well as a general medical practice. It was founded and is run by a classically- trained, practicing physician, Dr. Romy B. Paredes, M.D., CMT,  who is curing people with drug-free, alternative medicine. Here is Dr. Romy Paredes and me.

Last Saturday, I attended an Isha Yoga workshop, which I’d never tried before. Yesterday, I gave a three-hour talk on  Inner Voice Hearing, which was only one of several speeches that I made this week!

We held the inaugural Phillipine Hearing Voices Network  meeting in this country, which will now become the 36th nation to join the International Hearing Voices Network.

During the week, I traveled to Leyte with Dr. Paredes to speak at a professional meeting of SHEM: Self Health Empowerment Movement. which was a mini-vacation in itself. So, this country has provided me with a most-professional break in the usual anonymous  touring.

Next week, I will travel on to other island communities after I visit Immigration to extend my 30-day entry visa. Maybe there will even be beaches in my future?

 

Happy Noisy Buddhist New Year In Laos Has Me Ready To Travel Again

April 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Time to fly to my next destination!

I’ve been in Vientiane, Laos, for six weeks now, having temporarily hopped-off my wonderful Stray Tour of  four countries of South East Asia: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. I hadn’t planned to stay as long as this, here in the capital city of Laos, but I discovered the shocking fact of America’s Secret War  during the neighboring Vietnam War and I wanted to gather the facts. I also needed the rest. I solve my desire for a homebase, by frequently becoming a longer-term tourist of any delightful spots along my way. Reading, writing, and resting can only be done when one lingers a little while. Otherwise, lack of desk space, wi-fi, handy electrical plugs, and non-stop hostel social activity, make serious computer work difficult, if not impossible. I try to catch up on blogging at times like these, even though other unexpected assignments tend to find me, too. New trips both simplify and complicate all that.

Plus, my eyes are sooooo tired right now. Probably, because I really need that eye surgery but the catarract isn’t quite ripe yet. A new pair of glasses wouldn’t hurt, either but those will have to wait till after the surgery. I’ll check all those out in my new country, as well. In the meantime, sleep and rest are on the to-do list. Same as everyone does in the aftermath of such a big holiday.

It’s a brand new year in this part of the world and, as if it’s an omen singing its siren song, I found a large, beautiful, pink, plastic four-wheeler suitcase to replace my old-fashioned, two-wheel cloth ones.  So, I’ve cut my luggage down to two check-in bags, plus two carry-ons. Will your whole life fit into so small a space?

All this has started my travel clock ticking. Seven days to go, now!

Then, newly expert and recently beached, I’ll return here to pick up my Stray Tour into Cambodia and Vietnam. The delightful part of their offering is that I have a year to cover the ground. So, impromptu flights are very easy to incorporate into my plans.

Plus, I’d also like to cover my future dream destinations to the north and still have time to get to Lake Baikal, in Siberia, Russia; before the weather turns ….. well, too Siberian! Best be about it! So, I’ll buy my plane ticket for next week and announce my destination later. Hint: there’s a film academy there that I plan to attend.

This week, I’ll try to catch up on my blogging, as the future will be filled with learning the technologies of camera and video work and producing cinema reports of all my wonderful pictures. I’m already halfway around the world and still a rank amateur about the scenes I’m passing through. What good is fine equipment without the know-how? Here are some shots of this week and the New Years celebrations between April 14 – 18. Wet and Loud! Everybody throws water on everybody else. And, the Buddhist Temples broadcast very loud sermons constantly between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. This hotel is surrounded by three temples, so we had triple cacaphony.

Gates to the nearby Buddhist Temples

Happy New Year at the Mixay Paradise Hotel

As we partied, people splashed or poured buckets of water down our backs.

Kids love this holiday! They hose and shoot passers-by.

What Does It Do To The Body, Mind And Soul To Travel To New Places?

April 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

This subject was contributed by a brilliant thinker named Brooke, whom I met on my travels throughout Southeast Asia, and thus, fits perfectly on my travel website. However, you will find many more of her existential questions answered by The Holy Spirit on my other website, In Secret Diffusion.com (www.insecretdiffusion.com)

Brooke #20:

What does it do to the body, mind, and soul to travel to new places?

“Oh My Linda Layli, Layli Linda! We are finding out this answer through your adventures all over this World Below. You are touching the lives of many, many children this way. Adults too, of course! But your effect upon any child that you have loved with your eyes, your smile and your attention to them in a direct and personal way…. even if they don’t understand your language directly…. they still credit your country with good vibrations that will last forever and forever within their attitude about such a forceful place as America is, within the minds and in the spoken words of the adults around them.”

“Every person, man, woman or child, carries their nationality around like a visible flag in the minds and memories of all who meet them, everywhere. In most countries of the world, people don’t travel like Western tourists do. In other years, it was the soldiers in identical uniforms of one side or the other, who scattered the impressions of their countries. Now, it’s the tourists; most of whom are “wealthy” Westerners. Those travelers stay within their groups, quite predictably, and stay briefly at hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. This works very well for both locals and visitors, as tourism helps the local economy develop healthily; while allowing the resident population to continue their preferred routines, language and customs.”

“Tourism never attempts to convert or redesign beliefs as the meddling missionary groups have attempted to do in the past. Nowadays, there are schools, hospitals and educational gifts that those Faiths have brought to the many thousands of global locations which they have unsuccessfully invaded. Their religion has filtered around, but is usually mixed with local traditions. Ever since time began…. basically, ever since We started this tradition of Earth’s Mix & Match Population, and sent Messengers from time to time to answer their needs and prayers uttered by everyone to become the winner over the others; We have seen that this desperate dance simply goes on and on and on and on!”

“So, when the traveling from place to place puts you in contact with a local personality, or even with fellow travelers from many different countries, it gives Peace a chance to flourish! Particularly, if it gets seeded into the bright little mind of a child! Naturally, they will think good things about America all of their life when a friendly and happy American lays the foundation and sparks their positive, emotional reaction. One such incident can erase years and years of aggressive history filling the minds of their parents and grandparents. Even to changing those adult minds in miraculous ways out of parental gratitude to those who take the time to interrelate to their children; since most adults of any country either barely tolerate, or totally ignore, all babies and children of whatever nationality. There’s always a way to bridge any gap of language or age, but most adults never try.”

“So, a seasoned world traveler has had the experience and incentive to develop those necessary people skills!”

Who Can Jitterbug? You’d Be In The Minority! I Can Teach You!

April 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Haley and The Comets with Rock Around The Clock. That’s all you need, anywhere in the world! We’re in a hostel in Tallinn, Estonia  in late, 2017.

The more the merrier!

And we’re only one Jitterbug away from world peace!

We’re rockin’ now!

You twist your feet AND your hips!

Rock and Roll Expert! Come on, it’s so much fun!

A Time To Dance and A Time To Refrain From Dancing!

Wash, rinse, repeat… to the beat!

With Liberty and Justice For ALL! That’s What America Stands For!

April 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Every American child starts every school day off with a standing Pledge of Allegiance! Publicly,  hand over heart, we look at our beloved American Flag and recite together:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!”

Funny, how you forget the learning curves of your own most basic beliefs in your own country until push comes to shove. What American, born or naturalized, can deny the effect upon themselves, their children, and their neighors? We all swear to the same beliefs. Again and again and again! So that when you are faced with a barricade, you leap right over it, without even thinking!

That’s what we do! Defend Freedom! Including Freedom of Speech! We Defend the Rights of Others! We Insist Upon Justice for ALL! We simply cannot NOT jump on the bandwagon!

I am proud to  know that I do, indeed, just jump right in without any thought to my own safety. Just as happened last week in the auto accident I witnessed:  http://www.insecretdiffusion.com/site/?p=2692

We can never know, until the opportunity unexpectedly presents itself. Heaven’s own Gong Show, no less! Do we “Have it, or don’t we?” Only one way to find out. Jump down into a life on Earth and wait your turn! Well, they say that opportunity always comes in sets of three! I’d better be watching out for the next one to present itself. And sooner, rather than later!

My personal record: Springtime, 2018:

  1. Helping at the scene of an auto accident.  (Check)
  2. Responding correctly to news of my own country’s shameful Secret War.  (Check)
  3. Spreading that news to my unsuspecting American countrymen… nay, countrywomen! Whenever and in whatever format presents itself! (We shall see….)

Here’s a shoutout to my very best friend and neighbor in the whole wide world, Fawn Germer! fawngermer.com 

To Barack and Michelle Obama! The only sitting U.S. President to have visited Laos and donated 90 million dollars to the Cope Center, to help with lifelong medical care and orthopedic prosthetics for the survivors of the millions of leftover cluster bombs still buried in the Laos soil.

To Martin Luther King Organizations and Civil Rights Believers, everywhere! You  know to get these things done! Basic Freedoms of Life, sort of things. Especially, where America’s Footprints have left their unacceptable marks! Speak up for the Rights of Others!

To Oprah and Ellen! And all Talk Show Hosts everywhere! We need to talk! May I pay you a visit?

Let’s get this show on the road, Americans! How will YOU respond in this Crisis of Faith and Love concerning your great country? Please share this post with all your friends and throw in your two cents, too!

Kickstart your own Trilogy here! Tomorrow is the 4th of April! Where will this idea be by the 4th of July? Ninety days away! How long does conception take anyway? From the gleam in the eye to the inescapable new reality? The hard part is what comes later. Like how to start a GoFundMe site? And to keep it constantly filling! We need experts. Yesterday!

90 Days = 90 Million Dollars! How  many Bombies will that clean up? How many artificial body parts will that supply? Some, but this whole chapter needs closing! This sad story needs to be put to rest! Not passed on to another  generation! Or, left with Little Laos, the victim here, to solve on her own!

NO SIRREEE!

SHOW ME WHAT’CHA GOT, AMERICANS!

YOU’VE GOT A BIRTHDAY COMING UP!

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR OWN KID, IF IT REFUSED TO CLEAN UP ITS ROOM?

LET’S HEAR THAT LOUD AND CLEAR!

TIME’S A’WASTIN’!

I’m Breaking Some Habits And Following Others In My Not Always Solo Around The World Trip

April 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Here I am, opening the month of April, in the same Laos hotel that I checked into two-weeks ago. In a vast and overall way, I am part of a greater Stray Tour group, which passes through this Capital City of Vientiane, twice a week. I had planned to only be here overnight and then move on with the group through Southern Laos into Cambodia; then South and North Vietnam. Thank goodness, this is a hop-on, hop-off itinerary, which I can take a whole year to fulfill.

I had not expected to discover a Cause to unravel and devote my loving energies to. Not at this advanced age of eight decades! Were there even any new mysteries to discover? Was there an uncovered fact left that ALL OF US ON THE PLANET didn’t already know? Well, yes….. as it turns out! Before arriving here, I was introduced to the plight of the adorable Black Sun Bears and Moon Bears, which the Chinese exploit for the shameful practice of extracting their bile to make aphrodesiac aids. Well, I donated to their Cause and bought a few tee shirts campaigning to FREE THE BEARS.

Rescued Moon Bears have a very good life in their playground and they get to keep all their Bile.

I fed loving banana bunches to elephants rescued from exploitive trades, such as logging and people carrying.

Bananas are universal currency over here!

Plus, I passed up the once-in-a-lifetime elephant photo op my hostel made available:

But, the event that I hadn’t forseen, snuck up on me when our tour arrived in Vientiane, Laos, and if you have followed this blog at all, you have read all about it in the previous four blog posts. So, I’ll be here until my visa runs out on April 27, in order to learn all I can about the Secret War of Laos. This week, I’ll spend a few interesting days at the heavily-bombed archeological treasure, The Plain of Jars, a little north of here, and I hope to take lots of pictures for my next blog posting about this beautiful little country I’m discovering. The Laotians are such beautiful people, too.

The secret lies in all the shining faces!

Just like this Mama made out of clusterbomb parts, I’m trying to call attention to a big problem that still needs fixing.

Life is good! Life is happy! And people everywhere are my favorite form of wildlife!

COPE – the people and land rescue Center.

And we’re always only one Jitterbug away from world peace!

Wet Hens Unite! America’s Secret War In Laos!

March 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Vientiane, Laos – I am now suddenly involved in the fallout of a Secret War that happened on this very soil over fifty years ago.  My group Stray Tour through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam is hop-on, hop-off and the timing is  entirely flexible so, I have decided to stay here in the capital city for the next month. I wish to learn all I can about this hidden war; which was, indeed secret to the citizens of America. It was our country doing the devastating bombing; apparently, without any license to do so! And they certainly didn’t tell us at all as it’s a close neighbor to Vietnam and we were at war there.  I know you will be very interested in the answers that I can dig up.

Frankly, aside from the personal interviews that I can obtain here, all sorts of descriptions, films, and data is available on the internet. I urge you to conduct your own investigation from the comfort of home, because I need your help to conduct the next obvious steps. The American Embassy, here is my connection to the White House, and I am looking forward to working closely with them, having just received a reply to my request for a visit. My purpose is strictly to involve my fellow-Americans in the solutions to the ongoing problems of cleaning up the millions of leftover clusterbombs buried in the soil and to help COPE with supplying orthopedic treatment and prosthetics for the thousands of maimed victims. Not to utter recriminations. Fifty-four years is way too long for this travesty to continue. Please unite with me to solve this curse brought by our own American bombers.

To my readers who are hoping for more casual, solo traveler content here on this happy little website, I assure you that this hijacking of theme is only temporary; as I will ask my web designer to separate this material on another page or something, from the more general theme.  So, bear with me, while we run parallel.

Actually, world exploration through true travel is full of surprises and addressing this Laotian situation is probably the most  important and demonstratively-spiritual act that America, as a whole, can perform today. Consequently, I ask you to open your own websites and personal connections to spread the news of a fund-raising account just as soon as we figure out how to create one. I plan to approach existing American civil rights or international war recovery websites in search of GoFundMe expertise. These tasks are completely doable within my next four weeks here, learning all I can of this history and developing solid contacts for putting together a plan which does not yet exist in the form I can so clearly visualize.

I have not, at all, abandoned my original, meandering exploration of Planet Earth. But, I have allowed myself a focus and intensity which has rarely in life hit me between the eyes and comes as a most-welcome revisiting of a much-younger, purpose-driven, self. Yet, it is very temporary because I’m searching for the best set of hands to put this huge travesty into for cleaning and curing. How would you feel in this same situation? Probably, just like me. Here are my journaled thoughts a week ago, as I coped with the magnitude of the real-world situation that I have discovered myself already morally committed to:

“I’m in the strange position of a journalist who has stumbled upon a scoop and now, must react in the wisest way to be timely, accurate and non-sensational, but completely believable. Because I work for no one besides myself, I am also free to be creative and irreverent, if that’s what it takes to call my own government out on the carpet. But, I’m also happily eager to meet the Ambassador to Laos and the staff of the American Embassy here! We will surely become friends and fellow homebodies. They are our Representatives in a foreign land and the first to be consulted when a tourist dies or gets sick in their assigned Embassy’s country. They are my lifeline to Home, and my first line of defense, out here on the trail. I’ve never needed to contact an Embassy before, as they’d be inundated if every American tourist wanted an audience. However, now I need to check my facts and get their official statement before I get too far along on my internet-published essays concerning America’s history in Laos.

Early on, the children’s story of Henny Penny came to mind as I decided to call upon my fellow Mother Hens now that I have something to cluck about: “The sky is falling! My country has not behaved itself!” Acting in the role of funny little Chicken Little, I’m no busybody but just your ordinary, unknown, senior citizen! An 80-year-old, solo, around-the-world traveler, still looking for my own special king and perhaps my true homebase. I’ll know ’em when I see ’em. Armed with two oscure websites, and three suitcases full of all my life’s possessions, life is good, if a little lonely between the distant watering holes filled with fellow-travelers.

The last thing I need is a planet-sized Cause! “What’s the use? Who will listen? Why don’t Americans already know this by now? Is this as important as I think it is? Why should I bother? Is it none of my business, or are all of my Freedom Ideals simply naivity in the face of the bigger picture of war and maintaining military supremacy?”

“Am I a turncoat? A traitor, to speak out? What would my New England, British Colonial ancestors tell me to do? My Founding Fathers? How would they feel about our prolonged, relentless, and aggressive bombing of a country that was not America’s enemy? In my heart, I already know that they would all say:”YOU GO GIRL!” to me and each one of my American female counterparts. We have to get this sorted out for those helpless ones for whom the sky has already fallen, thanks to our country’s defense of…..what? Freedom and Democracy? Equality for All?”

Odd, isn’t it, that this Secret War Issue, which won’t just dry up and go away… or get conveniently ignored; embraces the Millennium as it does? The Religions all predicted a Falling Sky; an Ending World, for the Year 2000! Apparently, nothing happened! We have chugged along for eighteen more years after that Great Millennial Divide!

“See Henny Penny, how foolish you were?”

But, what if it HAD happened, three decades before that Rollover? American clusterbombs rained upon Laos, night and day, nonstop, for all those years! One figure that I’ve turned up, totals 22 years, 3 weeks, and two days, between November 9, 1953 and December 2, 1975. The world DID end for ten percent of that little country’s innocent population. Those anti-personnel bomblets just didn’t fall upon OUR heads. And, they didn’t come from God! They came from our own U.S. Airforce, during a crazy war over ideology, against a miniscule country compared to our size. But hey, it was a declared, above-board war, wasn’t it? Sportingly approved by all the world’s Good Guys against a teeny-tiny, deadly enemy: North Vietnam!

It was an all-out attack on a wee coral snake, which could be openly bragged about in all the world’s Officer’s Clubs. Over gin and tonic, no less! The Grand Theatre of War! So officially righteous and all that!

But now, we learn of a Bastard Child, stuffed into the closet and forgotten. Never acknowledged! Never supported!

Our American Military fucked Laos the whole time that it was camping out on her territory, fouling her land and waters; in order to bomb the bejesus out of her neighbor, her brother, North Vietnam.

This denied Bastard Child is now fifty-four years old and crippled up the Wazoo; living conveniently far enough away from U.S. soil, as to be unacknowledged by The Great White Father!

But, now that we, American Women have heard the tale of our husband’s profligacy, we must make a choice!

1. Go on living a fairy tale life in our serene mansion across the globe?

or

2. Roll up our sleeves and take compassion upon the family we never knew we had?

Which is it to be, my Sisters? Now that you have learned of Laos? Loss? Or Love? It’s your call!

“SHOW ME WHAT’CHA GOT!”

Open Letter To My Dearest Friend, Fawn Germer, And All Woman’s Leadership Groups Who Work Together to Change The World and Their Own Lives!

March 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Here’s a shout-out to all wonderful, dedicated Women of The World! Together we can change things! I highly recommend: www.fawngermer.com author of Work-Life Reset! and many other excellent, motivational books. She knows what she’s doing and is calling you and me and everyone else, to combine to solve sticky questions and not to be frightened of their challenges!

To all women, everywhere, who gather to change things! I wish I could be there, to share your self-discoveries in your wonderful Work-Life Reset sessions. I’d love to walk along a beach or climb a mountain together as you change everything that needs changing in your life, your work, your family. I’ve never needed this sort of emergency brain surgery, as much as I need it right this minute. Or yesterday! But, I’m not exactly the one that I’m trying to change! It’s the whole, wide, bloomin’ world; beginning with our own country: America, The U.S.of A! And, I really, really need your help!

With a little caring. A little loving attention. A little effort from we, women….. we, mothers…. we, grannies! We can set this right again! So here I am, ostensibly hijacking my best-friend-in-the-whole-wide-world, Fawn Germer’s Re-Set/Re-Do/Re-Learn/Re-Build Foundation and begging her to share this sudden, worldscale, journalistic discovery with you. I honestly, can’t imagine any other way to approach this problem so, I’ll share my yesterday’s journal entry to see if that will explain things adequately:


5:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018 –

“I woke up “Mad” today! I slept well, but I have changed recently. I am now TOUGH! I can feel it in the expression of my face, especially, the undeniable “glint in my eye,” mostly the left one; an expression which I can feel from the inside. When that face is there, I am fearless! More than usual! And, I know exactly what I’m doing….. but, not until I  actually begin to do it!????

“The Holy Spirit was talking to me in fairly hushed tones, as I came awake in this Mixay Paradise Hotel in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, Southeast Asia. He was commenting on yesterday and my reactions to the shocking news of America’s Secret War, back in the Sixties, during the Vietnam War. All night, I had been trying to figure out what I could do about that!  Then, at dawn today, with that new and unmistakable glint in my eye, I got up and journaled the following material:

“We live with an idea of our own Image!” As individuals, as Americans. We are naive! Yes, many of our assumptions are true; but not in-between the cracks. Things happened…. that were “innocent, in and of themselves.” But, they were terrible, nonetheless! This is true of nations, as well. Cracks appear, like the ones which felled the pedestrian bridge in Miami this week. What a visceral symbol for me! In my own State of Florida, and synonymous with the innocence I once had for my beloved homeland.

America had a “Secret War” (it’s actually called that) which we, Americans, have never heard about! For years, our warplanes deliberately dropped cluster bombs on sweet, innocent, uninvolved, Laos, the next-door country to Vietnam; just so they wouldn’t have to land with dangerous cargo still aboard. Maybe, those big, leftover cluster bombs would have killed the pilot if he had touched down too roughly; or sunk his aircraft carrier or blown a hole in a runway somewhere? Better to clear the cargo bay over Laos and dump the payload originally meant for North Vietnam! So, instead of a few Americans being blown up, thousands of Asians paid the price and are still paying it, half a century later. Very likely, this was SOP, Standard Operating Procedure. Simple practicality! One doesn’t question orders!

Every eight minutes, around the clock, for nine years, between 1964 – 1973, American pilots made this fatal decision. Also, bombing Laos was an official U.S. policy under both Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, probably, to eliminate the Ho Chi Minh Trail and destroy North Vietnam’s supply chain.

Cluster Bombs were the instrument of choice. As sharklike as a conventional explosive, these bombs opened their jaws on the way down and rained metal beanbags, called Bombies, on villages below. Designed to kill living creatures, rather than destroy structures or blast large craters, these killers devoured life, itself.  Seventy percent of the pellet-filled, orange-sized balls obligingly exploded on contact, as desired by our munitions inventors, and Honeywell Corporation, the US manufacturer. But, thirty percent of those, “death-waiting-to-happen”, Bombies still lie buried in Lao rice fields,  in branches of trees; under soil where houses and roads are built. Villagers naturally recycle all found metal, making cups and utensils out of bomb scraps; so kids see a familiar object and pick it up to take it home. With their diminuitive name and size, Bombies look like yellow tennis balls. They feel like ordinary rocks when a hoe strikes one in a field. Water buffaloes set them off with one step into the squishy mud of their fulltime plowing employment.

Death and disablement is America’s Legacy here in modern-day Laos! Every day of every year, for fifty-four years, and counting!

What are we going to do about this?  

For starters:

  1. Make it secret no longer!
  2. Send money!
  3. Open a GoFundMe account and fill it up!
  4. Prosthetics! These people need artificial legs, arms, hands and eyes! Medical care; job training!
  5. They need the means to carry on long after the war that they never fought in is over and forgotten.
  6. Friends! Most of all, they need us to help them to cope! COPE needs us to help them do the above, in-country tasks!

Girlfriends! How’s your Umbrage? 

Mine, it turns out, is alive and well! You are motivated to re-set and redo your life! To get that glint back in your eye! Try practicing on Lady Laos; or any particular part of her. Fix your Inner Goddess! Let ‘er fly, in more ways than one! Get on the horn! Rev’ up your typewriter! Say your piece!

There are no devils to stop; no guns to put down. All that action was over a long time ago. The fighters went home, dragging their consciences behind them. They know what they did but nobody else does. It’s too late for recriminations. The Laotians put me to shame. I’m mad about this whole situation…. but then, I’ve just found out. You should be mad, too! Here, the people are sweet, welcoming and very, very spiritual! Oh my God, are they ever! But, they limp or hop, or wear prosthetics. Dominated by the past. Our past!  And this is where we can help!

A group called COPE, Cooperative Orthotic Prosthetic Enterprise, is well-organized here in Vientiane and they do their best to fix the broken. Read about all this on YouTube and their own website, www.copelaos.org  They don’t need volunteers, as far as I can tell. I tried. Those must come through United Nations NGOs. But, they do need ongoing funds, both to clear the land of buried UXOs, Unexploded Ordinance; and to pay for the manufacture of artificial limbs, which are carefully-crafted for each injured person. A child will need a new device every few months or years, for a long time. And, that’s only part of it. The whole person is treated for life. And, new injuries can occur every day.

You are Life-Changing, Direction-Crystalizers! You are the Leaders of the Free World, who want to break down barriers and make massive changes in your own selves and in life at large! Me? I just want to keep on traveling solo around the world at age 80 and counting, and to keep on discovering life’s glories. Hopefully, this is the only brushfire that I will come across.

The Laotians want exactly the same thing that we do. A Re-Set! A good life! Not hand-holding! But, they do need a Hands Up! And so do we, after this shock to our system! This dreadful secret, uncovered! Helping hands always pull a person, and a country, up.

Come on, Gals! It’s our turn now! Let’s cluster together like Mama Hens! Cackle in the Big Boy’s ears, if you have access to any. Insist upon reparations, as late as they might be in coming. I plan to visit our American Embassy here to find out just what our government is doing and for how long it’s been going on? Or not, and why not? Why isn’t the USA listed among the many countries that have banned cluster bombs? This is peacetime, except that, forty-four years after our terrible toys began raining upon this innocent, non-warring country, the babies are still being killed.  My babies were being born when the bombing started and that was a long, long time ago.

This Secret War needs exposure. It’s not that we don’t care; it’s that we can’t care when we don’t even know about it.

Okay, Girlfriends! Show your stuff! Re-Set History! Re-Set the Future! Come to Laos and see what total forgiveness looks like! See what a peaceful presence and a complete lack of blame, hatred, anger looks like! Witness the results of a cheerful shouldering of life’s most dreadful visitations and inconvenient requirements. A complete lack of self-pity! An enormous vacumn of Beggary!

But, we all feel a thrilling jolt of joy when that first new step is taken! Let’s join hearts and hands and help these people heal. And within this completely unexpected challenge (who ever heard of little old Laos?) encountered in this retreat, from  a long-absentee, old friend of Fawn’s, your own wishes for self-discovery will come true! I promise!

So, roll up your sleeves, my darling Daughters! You have a right, and an obligation here, to Bare Arms. And boy, do you  know how to use them! Rosie, the Riveter’s got nothing on you!

  1. Write songs and sing ’em!
  2. Create poems and quote ’em!
  3. Think up puns and spread ’em! They’re infectious! As you will soon realize when they start sprouting on your tongue!
  4. Do the audacious…. just like this letter is to you! Step out of the box and take a chance!
  5. And be happy, no matter what! Sincerely, incurably happy! Love humor so much that you can find it anywhere, everywhere! A page from Laos’ playbook.
  6. Let your words, sharp, pointed but sometimes, very funny, be your adorning!
  7. And, all I’m really asking is  “SHOW ME WHATCHA GOT!” 
  8. Send money to a dedicated account and keep it coming by sharing this appeal with all your friends and bigwigs who can get things accomplished.

Wish I could be there with you! But, this is pretty good!

Love, Linda

Linda J. Brown,

www.heyboomers.com      www.insecretdiffusion.com

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