Sunday, July 09, 2006


And always keep a-hold of Nurse
For fear of finding something worse.

Hilaire Belloc - "Jim"

Those lines always go through my mind when I think of Việt Nam. As I've said before, it's a conservative country - conservative not by political orientation, but by temperament. Most people here are happy to have one day follow the other with little variation between. Change is only welcome if it is for the better, and sometimes not even then.

But when you're a writer:

James Caan

Confronted with a nurse like this:

Kathy Bates

Then a little change in nurse
Is sometimes not always found averse?