Intrepid sailor and journalist G. Bruce Knecht, the author of Hooked: Pirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish and The
Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the Sydney to Hobart Race, writes in the May 24 Wall Street Journal[subs. only] about the recent valor of a bunch of young sailors in a big race.
Life. Not for sissies. Engaged, with honor, courage, and preparation, exilarating even to hear about. There's intelligence, then there's "safety." No one gets out in one piece anyway, we can only hope for painless, blameless, and the peace of being in our high-hearted destiny.
[In the 1960's] communes inevitably turned religious thanks to the hallucinations...some head--short
for acid head--would end up in the middle of Broadway, one of San
Francisco's main drags, sitting cross-legged in the Lotus position,
looking about, wide eyes glistening with beatification, shouting, "I'm
in the pudding and I've met the manager! I'm in the pudding and I've
met the manager!" Seldom had so many gone so far to feel aloof from the
American families with ties to China laid these fears [of the orphanage director bringing the child to the US] to rest. In
Chicago, families with children from Gong Lu's orphanage met Xu and
Gong Lu at the plane, bringing spicy takeout Chinese food. In Little
Rock, the two were greeted at the airport with balloons by their host
family, who have three adopted Chinese children. Little Rock's
Chinese-American community brought Xu home-cooked Chinese meals every
day, bought her a cell phone and gave her a list of numbers she could
call night or day.
Beautiful girl, indeed. What can't be accomplished with creativity, good will, good cheer, and good skills? Makes us proud and grateful to be human, and alive. And here, in a state next to Arkansas.
How does one account for a group of people who came from the Third
World to the First World with nothing but a suitcase, within three
generations, overtook around 99.5 percent of the natives in terms of
Families and focus. Don't bother with regrets. Courage to sacrifice in the short term.
Asian Subcontinent Indians in the UK:
Up to £14.8 billion
His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular (and also, curiously, King of Scotland):