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The Noblest Invention

“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 fromYouth to middle to old ageNever complaining.”– Kay Earle “The first real grip I ever got […]

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Time Travel

“The Galapagos Islands are probably the most famous wildlife-watching destination in the world. And no wonder – it’s almost impossible to exaggerate the sheer spectacle of the place that provided inspiration for Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking theory of natural selection.”– Mark Carwardine “The Galapagos Islands provide a window on time. In a geologic sense, the islands […]

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Our Daily Bread

“There is not a thing that is more positive than bread.”– Fyodor Dostoevsky “There is nothing better than to share bread with your brother.”― Lailah Gifty Akita “The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.”― M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating “All sorrows […]

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The Route to Happiness

The route to happiness is paved withgratitude, service to others, community, forgiveness, and self discipline. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.– Dalai Lama Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a […]

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Land of the Rising Sun

From the solitude and serenity of nature to the pulsing energy of her cities, Japan is truly a country of contrasts and contradictions. The aesthetic qualities of Japan form a cultural world view, centered around the concept of living in harmony with nature. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-Sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on […]

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Our Link to Paradise

Dogs are our link to paradise.They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to beback in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring.It was peace.– Milan Kundera Histories are more full of the examplesof the fidelity of dogs than of friends.– Alexander Pope […]

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Chasing India’s Monsoon

For months there is no rain, and then there is too much. Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon. Good monsoons, those rain-bearing winds of Asia and the Subcontinent,  mean life and prosperity. Poor ones are marked by famine and death. Monsoon History The air is wet, soaksinto mattresses, and curlsIn apparitions […]

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On the Brink

“The teen and young adult years, when young people are perched precariously on the brink between childhood and adult responsibilities, are when the coming of age process is most obvious.”– K.E.V. “All of living is a process of coming of age, of reconciling the essence of the inner self with one’s outer being, with the […]

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