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Category Archives: 2004

The Seekers

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

December 25, 2004 It took some time to get our tree this year. We had a couple of abortive attempts, but one or the other of us was just not in the mood. Finally, a few weeks ago, we made …

One Out, One In

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

5 October, 2004  I was watching the GPS count down the kilometers.  We were riding down a dirt road on the outskirts of Beijing. It was a rough track, full of potholes, but lined with twin columns of trees, like …

Fire in the Hole!

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

3 October 2004  “Fire in the Hole!”  I screamed it before I consciously thought about it.  To my right, Dennis, who tells horrific, blood curdling tales of blasting deep in the mines of Colorado, reacted as if he’d kissed the …

The Death of Development

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

7 September 2004    Japan is dying.    Japan, a nation that has existed for thousands of years, a nation that has the world’s most developed infrastructure, a nation that has the world’s most rigorous academic system, a nation with …

Today’s News

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

June 23, 2004  I just read the newspaper for the first time in over six weeks.  That may not seem like too big of a deal, but I’ve been reading the paper every day there wasone available since I started …

America Knows No Tribe

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

June 22, 2004    America knows no tribe.    This fact was first brought to light for me by a Sikkimese businessman during a three hourinterview I conducted with him on our trip to South Asia earlier this year.    …

The Footsteps of History

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

June 5, 2004  Hello to all,  This morning I awoke to the soft pastel light of sunrise illuminating the two story high stone wall ofour bedroom. The light was filtered through the intricately carved stone latticework of the upperrow of …

Our Conversation with the Bedouin

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

Please see the PDF document at: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/Syria/05%20-%20Conversation%20with%20the%20Bedouin%2016.pdf

e-Postcard from Sikkim, India

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

April 12, 2004  I felt like Ralphie.  I couldn’t think of a single thing. My mind was as blank as a mid-winter Iowa cloud-covered sky.  Ralphie, hero of the classic film, A Christmas Story, in a final act of desperation …

e-Postcard from Darjeeline, India

Posted ago by Douglas Hackney

Please see the PDF file at: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/India/darjeeline.pdf