Chao Praya River – July 11 (left) and October 23 (right)

If you’re wondering why I’ve been a bit quiet here on LTMS lately, it’s not for a lack of motivation. Quite honestly, I just haven’t thought that now was a good time to be writing about the language while the country has been struggling with a very serious crisis.

And no, I’m not talking about Occupy Wall Street, the idiots in the GOP trying to send the middle class back to the Stone Age, or the banks milking us for every last cent we have.

No, I’m talking about my second home. Just in case you aren’t aware, the central region of Thailand has been in the midst of crisis for several weeks now dealing with uncontrollable flooding.

The Western news agencies are just now starting to pick up on the story, but unfortunately they haven’t said much in the way of what can be done to help. I don’t want to go crazy with links to news stories that apportion blame or postulate on what should be done; no, if you really want to read that stuff you can look it up yourself.

What I do want to do is ask for your help. If you are reading this blog then you are either (a) a lover of Thailand and Thai culture, or (b) a friend of mine who knows how much I care about my wife’s homeland. As I write this people are without electricity, potable water, and fundamental necessities that they need to survive. I’m not even talking about “living comfortably,” I’m talking about basic survival.

I am asking that you please consider donating to the Thai Red Cross Society. Any amount will do. Even $5.00 – that second cup of Starbucks you get each day – can help.

Here is a map showing – as of October 24th – where the flooding is around Bangkok:

Please, do something, anything to help.