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Colors of Afghanistan

posted November 5, 2014

  “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

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Behind Closed Doors

posted October 20, 2014

“We wanted to tell them that this terrible evil act had to be exposed, just for humanity’s sake,” Mr. McCurry said.
“ I think if you’ve been wronged like that, you just want people to know that this act happened…”.

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Language of Hands

posted September 22, 2014

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate,
refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, 
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
– Michel de Montaigne

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Step by Step

posted August 13, 2014

Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth.
- Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

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Power of Two

posted July 30, 2014 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
- Ecclesiastes 4

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Eye Witness

posted July 15, 2014

Eyes speak a universal language,
and no interpreter is needed.

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Faces of Afghanistan

posted June 2, 2014

“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

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To Read is to Fly

posted April 24, 2014

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which
gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety,
ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”
 - A C Grayling, Financial Times
(in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

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POWER OF PLACE

posted April 16, 2014

Geography holds billions of people in its grip.
We are all born into natural and cultural environments
that shape what we become, individually and collectively.
- Harm de Blij, The Power of Place:
Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape

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