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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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Faces 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 Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress travellers with their dignity […]

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The Wild Garden of Childhood

“Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood.”– Pablo Neruda “The soul is healed by being with children.”– Fyodor Dostoyevsky “Children at play are not playing about.Their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.”– Michel de Montaigne “In the eyes of a child there is joy, there is laughter.There is hope, there […]

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Our Thirsty Planet

Water is the driving force of all nature.– Leonardo da Vinci Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone,must become available to all people now.– Jean-Michel Cousteau Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle […]

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