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Balance: It’s Key!

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Inle Lake, Burma 2011 It might surprise you to know that most, if not all, of the fishermen on Inle Lake cannot swim. It surprised me. Their houses float, they run across floating fields of water hyacinth to get to the … Continue reading

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Coptic Christians

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Lalibela, Ethiopia 2011 My guide had his hand on my shoulder: Time to go. Like Lot’s wife, I turned back to look as I stepped through the cleft in the thick stone walls of the ancient church. My eye took … Continue reading

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Anthropomorphic

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 1992 Definition of Anthropomorphic: Giving animals human qualities In those days there was a huge wooden barn on the outskirts of Lancaster where Amish farmers bought and sold horses. The Amish needed draft animals such as Percheron and … Continue reading

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Tolerance

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Rome 2015 I remembered these street corner holy pictures from twenty years ago. They are part of the Italian culture as well as a symbol of the Catholic church.  I’m glad the paintings and statues are still in place in this … Continue reading

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Touareg Camp in the Sahara

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Mali 2005 I’m not really sure where we were. No one knew but it was either Mali or Mauritania. The women spoke Hasaniya which is a dialect of Arabic. No matter that we were in the middle of nowhere, the … Continue reading

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Procession in Rome

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Rome, Italy 2015 Priests led the procession of the Blessed Sacrament down a narrow street to another church only a block away. First came priests wearing cassocks and sandals holding their prayer books, then priests clad in cassocks and the … Continue reading

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Shopping for Suzanis

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Urgut Market…near Samarkand 2012 A woman casts an expert eye on suzani embroidery in Urgut Market. The suzanis which could be described as embroidered coverlets  are often given as wedding gifts. We were told that hanging them on the wall is not an Uzbek practice. … Continue reading

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River Town on the Niger

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Mopti…Niger River Town 1997 There weren’t any other camera toting tourists the afternoon I sat on the banks of the Niger recovering from my migraine. The women going about the business of washing the family’s laundry or bathing themselves took … Continue reading

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Hamar Bull Jumping

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 Ethiopia 2013 The highlight of visiting the tribes in Ethiopia was the Hamar bull jumping ceremony. The young man, if he completes his ‘jumping’ successfully, will be accepted as a warrior in the tribe. He must hop onto the backs of the cattle … Continue reading

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Benin: Masked Dancer Ceremony

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Benin 2001 A Yoruba man performs in the Gelede mask ceremony. The Gelede is a secret society of men. Costumed and masked, they dance and act out rituals designed to perpetuate the morals of the tribe and inspire correct conduct. The … Continue reading

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