Lens-Artists Challenge 103: Surprise

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.    Ashley Montagu As we moved through the dark streets of Hanoi on a tour of street food with a chef for a guide, everything was surprising: the crowds at the Night Market, women […]

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Discover Prompt 29: List

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey Are you a list-maker? A list-follower? Or a little bit of both? During this time of sheltering in place, we’re slowly but surely (well, sort of) checking off a list of things to do. To complete. To put to […]

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Discover Prompt 27: Team

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford For more than fifteen years, we’ve been part of a team — a Habitat Global Village team — that builds houses in international locations. It’s work, of course, but it’s also a rush — working together with people from the […]

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Discover Prompt 26: Hidden

It is hidden but always present. Laozi On display for all to see at The Archeological Museum in Heraklion, Crete, are objects that were once hidden but now found and available to the public. Even so, the origin and meaning are still not fully understood by international scholars, residents of the area, and plain ol’ […]

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Discover Prompt 25: Magic

There is magic, but you have to be the magician. You have to make the magic happen. Sidney Sheldon Nothing was more evident to us as we watched heavy, bulky loads of just about anything get transported on bicycles and motorcycles throughout Vietnam. How in the world could mere mortals stack, pack, and tie down […]

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Discover Prompt 23: Note

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have. Anna Quindlen We’ve traveled alone, we’ve traveled with groups, and we’ve traveled with guides. And we can truthfully say that all means of seeing a new place are what you make of it, but of special note is what a native […]

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Discover Prompt 4: Street

I won’t say Mykonos is the only town in Greece to have signature white/gray narrow, wobbly streets, but it’s the one we remember for an early walk on a rain-soaked morning. We had to look where we were going: slick white paint around gray cobblestones made our walk a little more treacherous as we tried […]

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All lined up: Yellow shoes in the Marrakech medina

Memories of Marrakech: Shoe Fetish

There’s nothing dark and mysterious in the medina of Marrakech, especially if you’re in the apparel section.  Shoe stalls literally screamed color. Cramming hand-made leather slippers onto the walls of tiny nooks must take patience and skill, but every shoe stall was packed to overflowing. From pom-poms to fancy stitches to pointy toes, the shoes […]

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