If this story weren't in the Beeb, I probably wouldn't believe it. Apparently, a New Mexican man named Luciano Mares found a mouse in his house. He threw it onto a burning pile of leaves in his yard. The flaming rodent then ran back into the house, setting it on fire. The house was completely destroyed. No word on the mouse's ultimate fate.
Two years ago, Nora came into our lives and rid our house of mice in just a few days. While she's done her share of damage to our furniture, she has never once burned down our house. Good trade-off. I guess we'll keep her.
P.S. See Peter, even bloggers you know write about their cats :)
Very inspiring piece by Thomas J. Friedman in today's Times. He articulates what we all should know by now: Our dependence on foreign oil is our greatest threat to national security. He traces the power of so-called petrolist regimes that can afford to throw their weight around internationally while exploiting their own citizens, to $60 dollar oil. He calls on our leaders to show the same "guts" towards conservation as they have to invading Iraq. Friedman's finish is very strong:
Enough of this Bush-Cheney nonsense that conservation, energy efficiency and environmentalism are some hobby we can't afford. I can't think of anything more cowardly or un-American. Real patriots, real advocates of spreading democracy around the world, live green.
One of the greatest things about our stay in Sayulita was being across the road from the Haramara yoga retreat center. While the center is used mostly by groups, we were able to come as individuals, thanks to the warm hospitality of the staff.
Joan and I walked up to the center several mornings for classes with Jim Gallas, who turned out to be a terrific teacher. Classes are held in a beautiful palapa near the top of the property, overlooking the ocean and the jungle.
Haramara also features a gourmet ayurvedic restaurant, where we ate a delicious dinner one evening.