Archives for the month of: April, 2015

50g Srinigar - sweeping (2)If your business is only to sweep a crossing, remember it is your duty to make that crossing the best swept of the world. ~ Visvesvaraya

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The human condition of labor is life itself. – Hannah Arendt

Ethnic Dong women washing clothes and vegetables in a stream circling the edge of Zengchong village in Qiandongnan Prefecture, Guizhou Province. When I visited, the village lacked paved roads, public transportation, and tourist accommodation so I hopped onto the back of a motorcycle and stayed with a local family. Large pools of standing fresh water between homes doubled as “traditional” outhouses and fish ponds. A trip to the bathroom involved balancing on two very rickety wooden boards over murky water teaming with big fish skimming the surface mouths agape. Evenings, when I was offered fish for dinner with my bowl of rice, I politely declined. Pisces aside, Zengchong remains in my memory as one of China’s most beautiful villages.

zengchong-zhibuLet yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love. ~ Rumi

An ethnic Dong woman weaving cloth in a rural village in Qiandongnan, Guizhou.

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. ~ Maya Angelou

A middle-aged Burmese woman sells asparagus, broccoli, and other fresh vegetables in a colorful and vibrant open-air street market located near the ethnic Chinese community in downtown Yangon. The market is held every morning, caters to a diversity of local buyers, and also draws some attention from foreign tourists.

13 sm 2As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

1e-srinigar-poultry-stallWe must not always talk in the market place of what happens to us in the forest. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

A small-scale, family-owned kiosk selling poultry on a side street in downtown Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India. In addition to serving an important commercial function locally and regionally, traditional markets also play a central role as nodes of social and cultural exchange, helping to promote daily interaction and develop relationships in the community and society. The rise of “global supermarkets” like Walmart transform and destroy theses relations by diminishing the role of the consumer from a citizen to only a buyer while conflating themselves with the idea of a government providing a public good. “Helping impoverished communities” then becomes a pithy aphorism for plummeting wages and the wide-scale exploitation of labor in an economic “race to the bottom”.

Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying. ~ Studs Terkel

Kashmiri men bake fresh rounds of traditional flat bread in an underground brick oven for customers in Srinagar.

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. ~ Warren Buffett

A Tibetan butcher selling yak meat at an outdoor stall around the Barkhor in Lhasa. Smoking and drinking are significant public health concerns in Lhasa, the capital and largest city of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), China’s “western storehouse”.