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By A. K. Hellum

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Show him," he said to his mother in Shashop. Without as much as a comment, she unhooked her silver koma clasps from her kira, lowered the kira top and lifted her yellow blouse up over her head exposing her bare chest. I gasped and looked down but found that no one around me thought this unusual. No one seemed to have noticed. She lowered her blouse just enough to see the look on my face. When she saw my embarrassment she lowered the blouse just enough to cover her breasts. "There," Rinchen said, pointing a finger right into his mother's solar plexus.

What the waiter had done was really above and beyond the call of duty. He had done his best to make a visitor feel comfortable but at his own discomfiture. As the waiter focused his attention on the two flies on the table, before striking and killing them, he had concentrated all his being on this one action. The fact that he had killed both flies with one blow and had not spilled coffee was, to me, an example of mindfulness at work. It was an example of the extraordinary power some Bhutanese have to concentrate their minds on certain things at a moment's notice.

Iwufonty fo Vufrck, /$Wfrn/ tvlm/ WtfW foaM/nty a/VlWCk/ faty hff/nd/ with logs from the Chamena beetle-kill area above Taba where I sat to paint this windflower. Men always load trucks by hand in Bhutan because that is what they have always done. These logs had been taken down the mountain by cable and winch, paid for by the World Bank. The logs were dumped where they could be picked up and driven to sawmills in the Thimphu valley. The beetle, Ips schmutzenhoferi, has done a lot of damage to spruce in northwestern Bhutan.

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