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  • Thanks for your interest in the video, Yir.  These brief segments are excerpted from a full-length video entitled "At Home While Away." You may find that the full video helps create context.  You can view it online at http://www.athomewhileaway.com.
  • OnenYap, There might be another woman who was married to a Yapese chief, as you said, but there is certainly a Chuukese not from Nama who was either adopted or married into Ibedul's family sometime before Mailo appeared on the scene. Palauans are v…
  • Excuses, I suspect that the Chuukese woman taken to Palau in the late 1800s was Sapwunipi. So she would have been of the same clan as Petrus, I imagine.  But I could be wrong about this. Let those who have more knowledge come forth and speak.
  • Relax, Fangetta, it's not as bad as you think. Mike Levin and I did the survey at the request of the FSM Government with the encouragement of the Office of Insular Affairs. We wanted to find out how the migrant community was doing these days. A few …
  • In 1876 an American captain by the name of Clark took a young woman from Chuuk (I don't know if she was from Weno or not, but I think so) on his ship and dropped her off in Palau, where she was adopted into Ibedul's family. She married and was at le…
  • Moses is full Pohnpeian, I believe. The story is that he visited Nama from the lower Mortlocks and met one of the chiefs from Uman who was impressed with him and asked him to come to Uman. He did and was apparently pastor there for many years.
  • The first school that I know of was actually Protestant, operating where Logan Memorial Church and Mizpah are. Robert Logan, the first Protestant missionary on Weno wrote about starting this school when he was on Weno between 1881 and 1884. He left …
  • I should be returning this summer, but it's not yet clear where in the islands I'll end up. It appears that the plan is to turn over MicSem to a new director, but Fr. Arthur Leger is still drawing up plans for this. Actually he's supposed to be vi…
  • MicSem has nothing to do with this survey other than the fact that we are using the MicSem website to advertise it. It is being done by Mike Levin and me at the request of the FSM government for what I would have thought were obvious reasons. With …
  • I can understand the concerns about security, but I think that we have safeguards in place. If you link on to the survey form, nothing you do is recorded on the MicSem forum here. The link takes you to a blank form that you can fill out. As you d…
  • The question posed here is a very good one. Many people take pride in knowing something of their history, but are at a loss when it comes to the old religious beliefs and practices. For your information, Jay Dobbin has just published a book on tra…
  • KN, It seems to me that you're looking for someone to blame for the nasty remarks that someone made about a relative of yours on this forum. Naturally, we (including the founders of this forum) regret the hurt that was caused her and whoever els…
  • Let me take a shot at this even though I am no longer MicSem director. New tools, like this forum discussion, allow us the opportunity to depart from traditional guidelines for behavior. Let me give an example. I've noticed that even though there…
  • Thanks to all of you for your continued support of me personally and of MicSem. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be here in New York, but I have to say that I'm more than ready to return to the good old islands. Fr. Joe Cavanagh and Fr. Jack Curr…
  • Let me dispel at least some of the mystery and assure you all that I am alive and well (but also homesick for the islands). I'm in New York City, working this year for America Magazine, and hope to be back to the islands soon. I was sent on a sabb…
  • Since the question of Catholic practice at the funeral of a suicide victim was brought up, let me explain what happens and why. About 25 years ago, when I was still in Chuuk, we were all concerned about the number of young men taking their own live…
  • While I would like to join the chorus showing appreciation of the poem that this young lady has written, let me offer a reservation about the contents that I feel is important. Emi's poem seems to reflect an all too common sentiment among people he…
  • If you want to see photos from Lukunor after the wave damage, check out this link: http://www.micsem.org/photos/tidal_surge/tidal_surge.htm. I think there may be one or two of young men holding up fish they caught in the taro patches! FXH
  • Here is a summary of the information we have right now. But FSM officials are meeting with FEMA people in Yap in the next few days to compare notes and work out a joint assessment of damages. This summary below provides information on RMI as well …
  • Thank you all for your kind words of appreciation. You don't know how touching it is to read things like this on the forum. Usually, I'm policing the threads looking for nasty posters to bash. What a surprise to find something this heartwarming! …
  • Bizzare, Whoa. Slow down a bit before you start making wild accusations. I told you once before that no one had betrayed you. It makes no difference to me whether you're gay or not, as you should have realized from our email correspondence. L…
  • qrst, The last i heard from you, you were complaining about the boring articles and postings on the website. I'm glad to see that you've gotten over your ennui and have rekindled interest in our humble forum. By the way, I did not delete the th…
  • We'd be happy to receive input from a committee if the forumers wanted to organize one. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome. But limited time here at MicSem prevents us from organizing and overseeing such a committee ourselves. So, it'…
  • Since you ask, Jesuits are a religious order--one type of priests, with Franciscans, Capuchins, Augustinians, etc, being other types. The Jesuit Order was founded in 1540, so it doesn't date back quite as far as the Incas and Aztecs. Diocesan prie…
  • This discussion has been closed at the request of FSM PIO, the original poster. It will be reopened when some mistakes have been corrected by this office.
  • The US Embassy wanted me to let you know that you can get answers to some of the good questions asked here by contacting the new FSM Office of Statistics, Budget and Economic Management, Overseas Development Assistance, and Compact Management--other…
  • Let's just be clear on the what and why of banning forum participants. MicSem has no problem in discussing the issue of homosexuality on this website. Neither do we have any problem in people outing themselves, if they wish to do so. But discussi…
  • We're starting with public schools, but we hope to include private schools later. It's certainly not out of any attempt to protect the private schools, since I myself have been critical of some of them at times.
  • Biz e Don't be silly. I owe no one an explanation for deleting comments. It takes enough of my time just to monitor these postings without offering a defense of my deletions. You either accept our terms or find some other website.
  • This sort of discussion is not what we had in mind when we opened this forum. Let it be sunk.
  • Mangat, Wrong conclusion. The fact is that I do like Chuuk and the people there, for all the craziness that takes place, but I would like to think that I also have respect for Pohnpei and good friends here. I'd delete an offensive remark about …
  • To Hugthebetel: We did. The offensive remark, which does no credit to its author, is removed.
  • Two appointments have been confirmed by Congress: Lorin Robert for Foreign Affairs, and Finley Perman for Finance. This is all the information we have as of now.
  • I have had very mixed feelings about this on-line discussion. I don't like to see an individual's criminal record publicized on this kind of fourm. Whatever Matt Crabtree has done in the past, he is a human being with personal feelings and a famil…
  • Please, folks. A little respect for one another here. Gil-Yalfath described a situation that was difficult for him as a kid, but has left traces years later, esepcially in his attitudes toward Outer Islanders. We now have worked our way into the …
  • To all of you, old XHS alumni and other friends, thank you for your birthday wishes. For your information, I celebrated the day by losing on the basketball court--but it's always possible to blame others for that. No elbows thrown, but I did get a…
  • Since you asked for my input, let me assure you that I am quite satisfied with the general quality of the discussion in the forum. It's a huge improvement over what we had before and demands very little moderating time. The level of discussion is …
  • As I understand it, the discussion stays on-line until it is totally deleted, but we don't plan to do this anytime soon. We'd rather have people find old threads they want to add to so that these will be resurrected. As a discussion thread goes fo…
  • The format is fine, as I said before. One thing that worries me a bit, though, is the HTML option. Wouldn't this offer a gateway for automated spam, or or there enough other protections to guard against this?
  • Maybe I shouldn't get involved in this political matter, but Robert Underwood has always had a keen interest in our islands. He once offered his advice on how FSM could market itself as an aid to the US in the global war on strategy. I can't say m…
  • Did I mention that I am just finishing the new photo album--something on Guam? You'll love it, Jason. There are only 26 photos in this one.
  • Couldn't I just turn this into my blog page? This is getting to be fun--except for 15 minutes before the work day ends, I'm rushing to start mass and am thinking of the basketball game that I will soon lose.
  • I'll keep trying this just to ensure that it lets me comment under my registered name. We ought to be checking on the basic mechanics of this part of the website.
  • Good, we got over the registration hurdle. The problem is remembering exactly under what name we registered under the first time. This is minimized, though, if the user name is attached to the comment exactly as entered in the ID box.
  • I hope that I can enter these comments. Let's see.