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Thank you for this beautiful reflection of your family, and through that, maybe a glimpse of the whole family of Burma/Myanmar. I could feel those solid temple walls keeping them (and hence you, in the future) safe from harm. I hope that they can still keep your hopes, and those of the people, safe in expectation of better times to come.

Also, thanks for your reflections on COP (and quotes from some good friends of mine!). It's good to see these acknowledgements of the importance of food and farming. But as your other two Pickings remind us, there are definitely those who can slow progress, or throw sand in the eyes of the people and politicians who make the decisions, sadly. Progress is so painfully slow. It only took 28 COPs to get recognition that we need to transition from fossil fuels to protect the climate. What must we wait for COP 50 for?

Have a wonderful 2024, and bring us more great stories, great news, and great hope.

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Mingalaba! I remember walking around Thambula during my time living in Yangon between 2014 - 2016. It was a magical time, full of optimism and reawakening. Bagan seem to represent an otherworldly time when peace, meditation and everyday life mingled together seamlessly. A time that might reappear. Thank you for taking me back there to that time and place with your writing. Jezu tin bar de.

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I enjoyed reading your story that moved me. Thank you for sharing this and help us know better the real story of Myanmar. With thoughs for all victims of wars of all kinds. Best, JF

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