Friday, November 20, 2015

Grateful Reflection

With Thanksgiving approaching I was thinking of so many things I am thankful for THIS YEAR.

I am very grateful for....Marla's heart, intellect, and beauty, inside & out...a wonderful family...brilliant stars in the early morning sky when I pick up the favorite coffee cup on a Sunday morning...NPR Radio...technicolor sunsets...NPR's "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook...Kai Ryssdal's economic overview on "Marketplace"...Babette's Bakery at The Source for artisan bread & "City Bakery Cafe" for fine sandwiches & breads....the "Colorado State of Mind"...My Mom settled in a safe apartment...Vanity Fair Magazine...the amazing Saltimbocca alla Romana at Chianti Restaurant...our grandchildren's laughter...our talented & loving daughters...breakfast on the terrace at the Chautauqua Dining Hall in Boulder & a hike afterwards near the old, but wonderful "Eddy Merckx" bike...critical thinkers...the fast forward button on the remote...riding on the Vail Pass bike trail...Rosemary flavored Triscuits with hummus & olive tapenade...holding hands...still working at Wesco Fabrics...a new orchid spike...the feel of sand & swimming in a warm sea...a glass of wine or two...waffles made by our grandsons...Marla doing a Soduku on a weekend morning in the breakfast room...Arctic Char with a ginger butter sauce at Hillstone...reading an exciting spy novel...Going to Michelin starred restaurants when Philippe is paying...watching pro bikes races & track & field on TV...Marla's coffee...Masterpiece Theatre's Downton Abbey, Indian Summers, & Home Fires...Elementary, SNL, CBS Sunday Morning, Game of Thrones, Fareed Zakaria, Anthony Bourdain & favorite jeans...laughter...self-reflection...a bike tour in Tuscany...the exit row on any flight...the delete key...connecting with friends on Facebook...creative pursuits...Taormina Sicily & Rome...evolving...letting go of negativity......BEING HAPPY!

Image: Dick Gentry

Friday, November 13, 2015

Myanmar Rising

They are still counting the votes, but it appears Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democratic political party, National League for Democracy, will win a majority of seats in the legislature. This will be the first free election in 25 years as the military has ruled with a heavy iron fist. For many she has been a symbol of conviction, courage, and moral authority. The constitution may prevent her from taking the presidency, but she will govern much like a C.E.O. as she negotiates with the military regime. We wish her and her beleaguered country the very best!

We will never forget our first visit in 2001 to Myanmar, or Burma, as many still call the country. We were visiting the amazing Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and witnessed a novitiate ceremony. It was an auspicious day as young boys from 7 to 13 would become monks and live in a monastery. This young man carried on a palanquin was a privileged relative of one of the ruling generals. He seems to have an air of entitlement. 

This was a young novitiate from a rural village carried on the shoulders of his relatives, wearing patterned Thanaka cream, commonly used for cooling purposes and protection against sunburn. The scent is similar to sandalwood. During this important ceremony a boy arrives in the temple dressed symbolically like Buddha when he was a prince. Afterwards his head is shaved as he enters the monastery as a novice monk.

A young girl sells watermelon in the town of Bago.

A traveling circus sets up in Bago and causes quite a commotion. The men are wearing traditional longyi.

For many years Marla and I have sourced Burmese Antiques, carvings, & lacquerware to sell in our Wesco Fabrics' showroom in the Denver Design District. This early 20th century Burmese Buddha pavilion is in the entrance to our Denver warehouse. It is very rare and unique and is for sale for the discriminating collector. For information please contact:


Youtube video on the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Photo credits: All photos by DickGentry except political rally image from Time.