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Between Darkness and Light

The shadow is that place between darkness and light. We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty. –  Junichiro Tanizaki The loveliest things in life are but shadows, …

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The World’s Ride

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind. – William Saroyan The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart. – Iris Murdoch Bicycle Haiku Wheels  carried me from Youth to middle to old age Never complaining. – Kay …

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River of Life

For more than 2000 years, travelers have walked, ridden, prayed, traded, invaded, escaped, fought, and died along the 1,500 miles of the Grand Trunk Road which stretches from Kolkata to Kabul. This ribbon of humanity stretching northwest from Kolkata, the city of culture and joy, to Kabul, the city of conflict, has been moving merchants, buyers, …

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All Creatures Great and Small

All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all -Cecil Frances, 1848 Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant … – John Donne Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in …

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Passion of Italy

Whether you say “gioia di vivere” in Italian,  or “joie de vivre” in French, passion can be expressed in many ways.  Some are pictured below. You may have the universe if I may have Italy. – Giuseppe Verdi A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority. -Samuel Johnson Only …

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Undaunted Humankind Kabul, Afghanistan, March, 2016

“A landscape might be denuded, a human settlement abandoned or lost, but always, just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. . They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind, irrepressibly optimistic and proud. – The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer Life in a war zone means that death is always present in the lives of children and …

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Sidewalk Vignettes

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
– Shel Silverstein

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On Portraiture

A true portrait should today and a hundred years from today, be the
testimony of how this person looked and
what kind of human being he was.
– Philippe Halsman

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