Month: March 2017

Of Roosters and Men: Bali’s Livestock Market

Of Roosters and Men: Bali’s Livestock Market

I went to the Livestock Market looking for pigs. I had it on good authority that there would be some, so I rolled out of bed at five in the morning to make the hour drive from Ubud in time to arrive just after the […]

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On The Annual Marathon

On The Annual Marathon

I planted peas this weekend. On Saturday night, in a moment of weakness and unrealistic hope, I dumped a quarter pound of seed leftover from 2012 in a mason jar, topped it off with water and left it on the windowsill overnight with the intention […]

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Indonesia: Starvation Amid Abundance

Indonesia: Starvation Amid Abundance

The middle of the morning food market in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia is perhaps an odd place to begin a story about malnutrition.

Baskets of fresh fish in beautiful hues of silver and blue line the barely-more-than-one-person-wide footpath through the temporary stalls that pop up here each day. Chicken — pre-roasted or raw, your choice — is snipped apart with scissors in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Eels squirm in plastic bags twisted tightly at the top. Rambutan and Dragon Fruit and Mangosteen are arranged in newsprint-lined baskets at nearly every stand. Tiny bananas in giant bunches are hawked for a few cents here, a few more there. Eggs, unwashed and unrefrigerated, in every hue of brown, white and green, teeter atop flatbed trucks. Buni berries and Snakeskin fruit and Papaya of both local and commercial varieties can be had at every turn.

Abundance is everywhere; bright, beautiful, fragrant, and beckoning. And it doesn’t cost much… by our standards. (more…)

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