Dashera Festival-India

Dashera Festival-India

The crowd surged forward and back with the flashes and cracks of the fireworks. Sparks flew into the air landing on shoulders and heads but no one seemed to notice. The singing and excitement grew louder and thick as the mass waited for the torching of Ravana. The twenty foot tall paper Mache statue stood [...]

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Kathmandu-Nepal

Kathmandu-Nepal

We were at the top of the hotel on an open veranda waiting for the coming sunset. It began with the sun turning a pale pinkish orange behind lavender blossomed trees. The far hills became a soft pastel blue; as layer upon layer of hills approached the streets below each grew bluer and darker. Black [...]

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The Baptism

The Baptism

An eleven year old boy stood in the wings behind three others of the same age. We all wore long white gowns over our swimsuits. I remember the heavy burgundy curtains as they brushed my arm and the detail of the pastoral mural that arched along the wall. The congregation sat in rows behind the [...]

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Bus Ride Through The Flames

Bus Ride Through The Flames

The bus was crowded with humanity, produce, and animals. The stuffed wreck entered the first village along a narrow cobblestone road. Demonstrators milled around us. Fires smoldered along the highway and we were eventually stopped by a crowd who had blocked the road with burning carpets and tires. I was the lone Norte Americano on [...]

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Church of Winds

Church of Winds

I had traveled to Argentina to climb the highest peak in the western Hemisphere, Aconcagua. The trip was full of detours. Arriving at Puente Del Inca, an outpost on the main road to the border with Chile, I wandered up a hill to a lone structure. The stone walled church had a corrugated tin roof [...]

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