New PDF release: Corners of Texas

By Francis Edward Abernethy, Texas Folklore Society

ISBN-10: 0929398572

ISBN-13: 9780929398570

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Page xxii Sanur Beach is a place to sit in the evenings and listen to the chirping of the gekkos and watch the outriggers walking like Jesus spiders on the blue-green water. It is a place to remember that Bali floats at the earth's center on the back of a huge sea turtle under a sky perfumed by great rushes of flowers. Bali is an island of flowers that decorate streets and buildings and cars, and every morning when one steps out of his room he finds fresh flowers arranged to delight the good spirits of the island, and fresh flowers scattered randomly to placate the evil spirits.

For the next two days there was a brisk business, as buyers carried out kitchen chairs, tables, items of clothing, and many books. Individual sheets of Dobie's paisano stationery, designed by Carl Hertzog, sold for a dollar each. Some shoppers expressed their dismay with the sale even as they carried out furniture or personal items. It appeared that everything left of Edgar Kincaid and the Dobies was being scattered to the winds. Negative reaction to the sale was quick to follow in the form of a column in the Austin American Statesman written by Texana columnist Mike Cox, who had attended the sale.

He sat on a limb and leaned against the trunk. Dian the Dyak said his people called these monkeys Fat Dutchmen. He said that when the Dutch were finally driven from Borneo, those Dutchmen who could not get out changed themselves into proboscids so the Dyaks would not kill nor enslave them. One could definitely see the resemblance. We were back at our longhouse by dark. I took a traditional Indonesian bath, dipping water out of a barrel with a saucepan and splashing it over my body. I gasped aloud on the first cold splash.

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