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The joys of Christmas

Hats off to Celeste Tolibas-Holland

This Year We Pray

 

The joys of Christmas

Dear Ed,
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 Chiangmai.  
All said and done I hope the Chiangmai Mail keeps on keeping on.
 Derrick (Delboy) Titmus. 

 

Hats off to Celeste Tolibas-Holland

Dear Editor: 
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 region.
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.