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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Still here . . .

We're still here, but have been having internet problems which make any posting efforts frustrating. Most recently, we have been catching up after Robert's return from the US where he was able to properly celebrate his mother's 95th birthday. We both feel so fortunate that she's still around to share her wisdom and good humor- we only wish we weren't so far away.

And this week, our thoughts have been with those in Padang, Sumatra. It's been 12 years since we were there, but the memories are still quite fresh. It is the gateway to West Sumatera and was the embarkation and departure point for our interesting adventure into Minangkabau country. Lake Maninjau, and Lake Toba to the north, are reminders of the earth's past volatility in this region, and sadly this earthquake brings it home in the present.