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June 07, 2018



Rory’s life is called contentment. He lived a simple life and made sure he is happy and satisfied. As far as the outsiders who did not integrate with American Samoan too sad. Outsiders must want to bring their western American way of living, in short, wants to live free like they used to or they want to, ignoring the ancient culture. Nice great story and adventure!


AAh, great read; enjoyed it. Sounds Rory has found his home!


Very good reflection!


You are a great storyteller, my friend.. always enjoy your essays and the slide show. Thank you!


Truly inspiring, thanks for sharing Anand.
Enjoy always J

Humble Warrior

I would like to be a fly on the wall listening to great story tellers like Rory and Anand!


That is quite a story. Thanks for sharing your memories and images in Polynesia.
I feel that Anand's open-mindedness is exactly what invites such good fortune and enables meeting such interesting and friendly people.
Many of us go through life too busy to enjoy this, almost as if we are too busy trying to get through a meal to actually enjoy the flavor.

“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” -Robert Pirsig.

“I know a planet where there is a certain red-faced gentleman. He has never smelled a flower. He has never looked at a star. He has never loved anyone. He has never done anything in his life but add-up figures. And all day he says over and over, just like you: 'I am busy with matters of consequence!'”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

FR Singapore

Anand, enjoyed your article on Rory and American Samoa! Rory is a gem. Good reminders for me.


This one is excellent
Juicy with video/ nature
Beautifully written
Thank you

not conflicted

Lovely reflection!
This gentleman Rory seems to have found the greatest Success! Contentment. I want that for my sons.
And BTW- I know another person who knows everyone and everyone knows him! He has casual coffee with Presidents, and hangs out with Beauty Queens :)

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