Archives for the month of: January, 2014

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Socrates


12m Srinigar woman 6How lovely this world is, really: one simply has to look. ~ Joyce Carol Oates

A local woman looks out the window of her home along a side street in Srinagar near the city’s main waterway. Srinagar is the winter capital of the princely state of Kashmir and home to a bounty of resources, including some of the world’s finest saffron and exquisite handwoven shawls and carpets.

A book is not supposed to be a mirror. It’s supposed to be a door. ~ Fran Lebowitz

An Italian man sitting outside a café in the historic district of Torino reading the newspaper and enjoying his morning espresso, an ordinary, everyday ritual practice and cultural activity in northern Italy. ©2017

dsc_0217The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~ Sydney J. Harris

A teenage boy peers out of a second floor classroom window at an Urdu language middle school in Srinagar, the winter capital of Kashmir. Urdu, the language of the region, is associated with Islamic culture, has a Persian script, and is a linguistic cousin of Hindi.

13d Srinigar medical agency 3The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. ~ Pablo Picasso

Wisdom begins at the end. ~ Daniel Webster

An ethnic Uyghur woman rests on a stoop in the old town of Kashgar, now a modernized city in China’s westernmost Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and once a vibrant junction on the ancient Silk Road. Xinjiang is a Mandarin Chinese word meaning “New Frontier” that was imposed upon the region by outside officials when it became an administrative area during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). After the Communist Party takeover, the Chinese government invested heavily in infrastructure projects in Xinjiang in order to first connect the region to Beijing and to later make it an international gateway through Central Asia to Western Europe. Despite rising living standards, increasing urbanization and modernization have also led to the forced demolition of traditional neighborhoods, disruptive social practices, and many other irretrievable losses.

13e Srinigar facade (2)I have no desire to make windows into men’s souls. ~ Queen Elizabeth I