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La Dolce Vita

“The best part about Italy is the people.The hospitality of the Italian people is without rival.There’s no friendlier place on the planet.”– Steve McCurry “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”– Giuseppe Verdi, composer “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”– Anna Akhmatova, poet “What is […]

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Harvest Time

“We reap and we sow, an emergence of pleasure. The harvest begins.“ – Upon Learning, by Melissa Schwartz “It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.” – B.C. Forbes “Wake up now, look alive,for here is a day off work just to praise Creation:the […]

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Blood and Smoke

Although most Hazaras live in central Afghanistan, the mountainous and rugged land they refer to as Hazarajat, the Hazaras who have migrated to Kabul looking for work make up a large underclass, take jobs that other groups refuse – as bearers, street sweepers and other common laborers, the jobs that are referred to as “Hazara […]

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A Year in the Rain

During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries, I learned to see it as a critically important event, and not the disaster it had first seemed. Farmers experience the monsoon as an almostreligious experience  as they watch their fields come back to life after being parched for half the year. AnticipationFizzy, frothy, fickle rainResurrection For months there […]

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When Things Come Alive

Night,when words fade andthings come alive.When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that istruly important becomes whole and sound again.When man reassembles his fragmentary self andgrows with the calm of a tree.                                   – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry […]

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Ode to Joy

And Joy is Everywhere; It is in the Earth’s green covering of grass; In the blue serenity of the Sky; In the reckless exuberance of Spring;In the severe abstinence of gray Winter; In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame; In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright; In Living;In the […]

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Real Courage

“Real courage is when you know you’relicked before you begin,but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”  – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird “Success is not final, failure is not fatal:it is the courage to continue that counts.”― Winston S. Churchill “Have courage for the great sorrows of life andpatience for […]

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Sidewalk Stories

“You could start at a path leading nowhere more fantastic than from your ownfront steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go… well, anywhere at all.”– Stephen King The first sidewalks made their appearance around 2000 BCE in what is now Turkey, and there is evidence that both the ancient Greeks and Romans incorporated […]

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