The year is coming to an end and I’m frantically pulling together loose ends in preparation for my departure for Asia on January 11, 2007. I haven’t a clue where I’ll end up, since I haven’t had time to do anything but scan books on Burmese history, some of Aung San Suu Kyi’s writings during her house arrest in the years before and after she won the Nobel Prize for Peace (1991), and a cursory glance at three travel guides—Myanmar, India, and the Indian Himalaya. I think paper will be the heaviest item in my pack. After years of collecting clippings about these countries I’m hoping to see as many sites as three months will allow. Do follow this blog as I report my adventures. I may have to wait a month until I leave Myanmar, however, since it is a repressive dictatorship and there may not be many internet cafes. But I shall see….

Christmas would not be so festive without the annual gingerbread-house-making party at daughter Martha’s home, enjoyed by neighborhood friends and family. This year it was on December 23, later than usual, which kept several families from making the trip to Maplewood. But we still have some fabulous specimens to show you.
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