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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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Morning Glory

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free.
Don’t miss so many of them.
–  Jo Walton

Kashmir

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The Spirit of Afghanistan

“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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Sacred Trust

There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace. – Kofi Annan

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