The joys of Christmas
Is there any truth in the rumour that the “Chiangmai Mail” is changing it’s
name to the “Christian Weekly”?
What with last weeks addition, full of stories about Jesus, and the big
spread about the Chiangmai International school that is Church based.
We don’t even have a public holiday here in Thailand for Christmas day,
that’s how Christian the majority of us are.
I think it was King Rama the 5th who when approached by missionaries trying
to convert him to Christianity, said, “What you are telling me to be and to
do is excellent, but what you are telling me to believe is ridiculous”
I think that’s how most of us questioning people view Christianity. Sorry if
I offended any Christians out there, but it would be nice to see what
Government Schools are doing for a change, and what ordinary Thai and Farang
people are doing in this City, not just the “Silver Tails”.
Just an idea, but let a roving reporter stop say a Thai who collects plastic
and cans on a bicycle heaped up so high he can hardly push it, ask him about
himself and take a photo.
To me, interviewing Thai people like the one I suggested would be far more
interesting to readers than wine tastings and fashion stuff. Also stop the
occasional Farangs in the street to find out what they are doing in
All said and done I hope the Chiangmai Mail keeps on keeping on.
Derrick (Delboy) Titmus.
Hats off to
Thank you for the beautiful coverage of FERC’s “Sweet Charities” fund
raiser. Unfortunately, one board member’s name was in advertently left out
of the article about the fund-raiser, and she is one of the founders of the
organization – Celeste Tolibas-Holland. The Foundation for the Education of
Rural Children was founded because of Celeste’s long time involvement with
children’s charities in the Chiang Mai area, and we want to take this
opportunity to thank her for her work over the years.
We also want to thank “Chiang Mai Mail” for its coverage of FERC activities,
as well as for its work on behalf of children’s charities all over the
With best wishes,
Rebecca Lomax, Ph.D.
This Year We Pray
By B. Phillip Webb Jr.
This Tuesday, by the grace of God
We start another year
We hope the weather will be calm
And all the heavens clear
We pray for peace and happiness
And progress on this earth
With opportunity to prove
Our individual worth
May there be fewer tragedies
A smaller traffic toll
And capture every criminal
Who sells his wicked soul
May there be love and brotherhood
And boundless charity
For all the peoples of the world
And every family
We pray to God for food and drink
For guidance and for grace
And for salvation in the end
For all the human race.