Yesterday I came back from Bangkok and was planning to post about Day 2 in the city there but when I got home there were a multitude of disruptions that prevented me from getting to this website.
The same happened again today. I was preparing this evening to start work on a post here and Mother Teresa’s sisters called and asked me to take a mass for them across town early tomorrow morning. That meant I had to prepare a homily so that shot the website again.
Yesterday I promised a post here, from the guest house in Bangkok, if everything was going OK. Well, it’s not going OK so I’m going to have to leave it at this short notice and hope the new guest house tomorrow has better wi-fi.
Tomorrow I have a meeting of all the Phnom Penh priests in the morning and then head from there to the airport for a trip to Bangkok for a medical exam. If all goes well, I’ll be able to post here tomorrow from the Bangkok Christian Guest House where most Maryknollers stay.
Tinkers are part of the American tradition, the men (I never heard of any women tinkers) who traveled with their load of pots and pans and metalware through the rural areas of the country. Cambodia has literally tinkers (although the metalware today is made of plastic) but there are a plethora of other itinerant vendors, too. This man sells brightly colored sheets and blanket and pillows and bolsters. I’ve often wondered what life is like for these individuals on the road from dawn to dusk and perhaps not selling anything all day but still needing to put gas in the motorcycle and provide something for the family to eat that day.
On Monday I said goodbye to staff at the Walsh Building at Maryknoll Lay Missioners and then went into Manhattan where I left Tuesday morning for Chicago, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Phnom Penh where I landed this morning. My computer is not cooperating, though, so I am going to have to finish this tomorrow.
Some of you may have wondered what happened to my website…. Back in mid July, because I was getting some phony renewal notices for my website’s OLD domain name (http://parish-without-borders.net), I failed to renew on time. I caught the error immediately and e-mailed and called Network Solutions to renew it, but because of several factors–mostly Network Solution’s mistakes–I ended up losing my domain name. They kept telling me to wait, and while I waited they sold my domain name to one of the Internet vultures who buys such things hoping that the original owner will want it back bad enough to pay a high price for it.
I didn’t want to do that so I ended up getting a new domain name: http://parish-without-borders.ORG. Before the domain extension was .net. Now it is .org. Please use only this URL in the future: http://parish-without-borders.ORG. And now you don’t need to add the “/cditt” at the end.
I am also experimenting with using a WordPress landing page for the website and that is what you see here. I may not keep it, but it was a relatively easy way to get back online more quickly.
So….here I am. And I hope you will come back also as I start making some changes!
One of my worries when I lost the domain name was that I would lose all the files and content I have accumulated on my website since I set it up sixteen years ago.
Fortunately, working with the good people at EsoSoft, the company which hosts the website, I was able to retain everything that was there before. I need to work out a navigation structure, but for now you can see all the previous pages of my website by clicking here. This will show you the old website when Network Solutions turned off the lights back in July, 2016.