Archives for the month of: May, 2015

1 (2)Don’t tell a woman she’s pretty; tell her there’s no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you. ~ Jules Renard


The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. / Glücklich allein ist die Seele, die liebt. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Portrait of an Akha woman at a wedding celebration in her village outside Kengtung in the eastern Shan State, Myanmar. Residents live mostly in a present day “Zomia” (isolated areas beyond the reach of the state) with limited access to government services. They retain a holistic notion of collective identity and many unique cultural customs. Amongst other markers of change, a bottle of Coca-Cola Classic sat on a table in the middle of the dance floor to satisfy 21st century wedding-goer’s thirst and traditional headdresses were decorated with old silver coins from when Myanmar was a colonial territory of Britain.

50h Tibetan Dress 5 (2)A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. ~ Coco Chanel

tashkurghan (2)The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you. ~ Rumi

Tibetan Dress 3The body is a sacred garment. ~ Martha Graham

You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes. ~ Tom Wolfe

12-kangba-headress-2-curiousityI have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~ Albert Einstein

Kargil shoe vendorLet your capital be simplicity and contentment. ~ Henry David Thoreau

3b Making jianbing - a Chinese egg & scallion crepePleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. ~ Aristotle

kargil-tailor-useDo not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. ~ W.B. Yeats

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

A local woman standing alone outside a small tea stall in Kargil, a junction town near the Pakistani border that was the site of a brief war. (©2013)