August 10,2004 - BanPhot Pisai
Photo of Willard Van De Bogart, holding Dow (8 years old), and Gada daughter (20 months old) July 2004
The year 2004 has been been revolving around Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University and the Language Center where I teach English to Thai students. I was able to develop an online course for the students which is the first at the University.On-Line Course for Thai Students. This has proven to be a very new experience for both the students and myself.
The Language Center at Rajabhat University has recently posted many pictures of a recent English Camp that took place in June. Language Center Rajabhat University
Of course my daughter has been an arm full and she is growing like a weed. She loves playing with her older sister Dow and her younger brother Dune. The two other children my wife Na had with a previous Thai police officer. Gada will be 2 years old Nov 11th, this year.
My pilgrimage to Cambodia to see Preah Vihear took place in May and a complete story of this is being offered at Stones in the Sky Part IV
While at Rajabhat University I have been studying the social and political situation inside of Cambodia which resulted in a story titled "The King Awakens"
October 31, 2004 - BanPhot Pisai
October was an especially sad month for Thaialnd. First with the beheadings of two Americans and one Briton all who had Thai wifes. This tragedy struck home for small villages in Thailand which prompted my writing a tribute and a social criticism about these events in Iraq. The title is Thai Tears and Dirt Roads
The other tragedy is the uprising in the South of Thailand where the military has been killing Thai Muslims.
The world seems to be ever boiling with discontent.
December 26, 2004 - BanPhot Pisai
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The Tsunami came today. What looks like an innocent wave approaching a beach was a castrophe completely unimagined or expected. Thailand suffered a great loss as did Indonesia, Sri Lanka and countles small islands. Over 200,000 people lost their lives.
The year ended and it left behind more sorrow than anyone could cope with.