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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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The Treasure Chest of Living

 The home should be the treasure chest of living.– Le Corbusier  Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.– Charles Dickens Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which […]

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Finding Somewhere

Please check out this recent interview with Newsweekabout my latest book In Search of Elsewhere.https://www.newsweek.com/2021/02/05/steve-mccurrys-search-elsewhere-40-y...

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One Magical Instant

At one magical instant the page of a book –that string of confused, alien ciphers –shivered into meaning.Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets;At that moment, whole universes opened.You became, irrevocably, a reader.– Alberto Manguel We read to know we’re not alone.–  C.S. Lewis A great book that comes from a greatthinker is a […]

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The Key to Everything

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.– Arnold Glasow Waiting doesn’t seem like an act, but the lack of action;  however,the decision to be patient and willing to wait is an act of courage and perseverance. A person who is a master of patience is master […]

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Hand in Hand

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.– Emily Kimbrough Nothing, I learned, brings you into the present quite like holding hands. The past seemed irrelevant; the future, unnecessary.– Catherine Lowell Nothing in this world compares to thecomfort and security of havingsomeone just hold your hand.– […]

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