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    From the muck andback into the muck, with a different purpose

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 01/06/2020

    » It began with a slaughterhouse alumna of our oldest slum kindergarten. She's a young mum now and a heroine in our war on Covid-19. But just a short time ago, she was in a spot of bother. In fact, several spots of bother.

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    When others turn away

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 06/04/2020

    » Temple kitchens are always off to the side, unnoticed unless you are part of the kitchen staff -- those devoted ladies who cook and clean for every ceremonial meal. Auntie Grannie is one of the selfless. Not surprisingly, she is also someone who will always stand by your side when others turn away.

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    Christmas Letter 2019

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 25/12/2019

    » Along with revered legends like the Archangel Gabriel, who appeared to the Virgin Mary to ask if she would be the Mother of Jesus, we hold dearly to the Star in the East.

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    Moonshine Mum

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 04/11/2019

    » It wasn't a big jump off Three Soldiers Bridge, maybe 3m, but no matter. She couldn't swim. When you can't swim, any jump into a canal is dangerous.

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    Magic in the name game

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 21/10/2019

    » Most folk around here believe in the power and sacredness of a given name. And maybe that's how Master Ohm survived on pilfered leftover noodles -- by the sacred power of the sacred name pounded into him by the nasty but pious noodle lady who works from a stall parked next to the sacred shrine.

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    Slum justice

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 12/08/2019

    » Her screams saved her life. Lordy Lord that girl could scream. Never heard such screaming.

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    Klong Toey's own worker of magic

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 02/07/2019

    » Jae Muey usually dressed in a secondhand slightly frayed wedding dress, looking very much like a fairy godmother. But she didn't do any whambo-bambo Harry Potter stuff. None of her magic shot out of a fancy wand. Rather, her special powers came from a beautiful soul and a faded three-wheel rickety push cart with a squeaky side wheel.

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    Keeping the dream alive

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 22/04/2019

    » When Granny ordered her daughter and her daughter's "live-in" to move out of their Klong Toey shack, there was no wiggle room for argument and debate. To emphasise this point, Granny had a long pistol, the trigger of which she had never in her life pulled, but a gun, nevertheless.

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    Hope and sorrow

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 04/03/2019

    » For several years a five-year-old girl we call Miss Ice lived in a shack with her 25-year-old HIV-infected, tuberculosis-sick mum and three stray dogs no one ever bothered to name.

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    A Christmas story

    Life, Father Joe Maier, Published on 25/12/2018

    » A Klong Toey miss. Smartest in her senior class, captain of her Bangkok league-winning volleyball team. Beautiful long black hair coming down to her shoulders -- tall like her dad. Born to a devout Buddhist family on Christmas Day. But on her 18th birthday and Christmas, she is fighting back tears, as she vows to do this impossible thing for her dying mum.

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