Colors of Afghanistan


Simply awesome phjotography!! ,, ““A landscape might be denuded,
a human settlement abandoned or lost, but always, just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur . . . They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind, irrepressibly optimistic and proud.” – The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer.

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Herat, Afghanistan

“A landscape might be denuded,
a human settlement abandoned or lost,
but always, just beneath the ground
lies history of preposterous grandeur.. .
They are everywhere, these individuals

of undaunted humankind,
irrepressibly optimistic and proud.”

-The Carpet Wars,Christopher Kremmer

Hazarajat, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

“Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
-Saeb-e-Tabrizik
Translation by Josephine Davis

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kandahar, Afghanistan

If my heart trembles
for Kabul,
it’s for the slow step of summer noons,
siestas in my father’s house which,
heavy with mid-day sleep,
still weighs on my ribs…
It’s for the hawker’s cry
of the vegetable seller doing his rounds,
lost in my neighbors’ troubled dreams,
that my heart’s trembling.

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Defeated Former President


I loved ALL of it!! … “The president told us what we already know, but too many are afraid to acknowledge. “He values power over principle. Because he sees his own interests as more important than his country’s interest, and America’s interest. And because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our constitution.”
And he did it all without saying Trump’s name.

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Despite what Republicans say, what happened on January 6, 2021 was a terrorist attack on our nation. It was an insurrection. It was an attempt to destroy our democracy. It was an attempt to overturn an election they lost. It was a coup attempt committed by white nationalists. It was an effort to install Donald Trump as a fascist dictator. One year later, Republicans are mocking the remembrance.

GOP strategist Karl Rove said Republicans need to display their patriotism by offering “no absolution for those who planned, encouraged and aided the attempt to overthrow our democracy.” Unfortunately, Karl…Republicans aren’t patriots anymore. Only two Republicans marked the occasion in the House chamber yesterday, Liz Cheney and her father, former vice-president Dick Cheney. While Rove is one corner calling out his party to reject terrorists, people like Tucker Carlson are making excuses for them.

Carlson said, “Of all the things Jan. 6…

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T.G.I.F.


Snow started to fall!! … “Jonathan Franzen, Crossroads: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 5, 2021).”

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Snow had started falling from the Illinois sky, white crystallizations of water as pure as he felt… His thoughts had slowed to a happy medium, no slower than that, not yet. He stood for a moment on the sidewalk, amid the melting snowflakes, and wished the world could just stand still.

Jonathan Franzen, Crossroads: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 5, 2021)


Photos: DK @ Daybreak. 6:15 to 6:435 am, January 7, 2022. 28° F, feels like 17° F. Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT. (More pictures from this morning here.)

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Fun With Teachers Unions


Toughts? … “Talk to an actual teacher instead of the teachers’ unions. The science still says to keep kids in schools.”

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This is not a fight between rational people who follow science and want to protect children and Republican troglodytes who are against science, mask mandates, vaccines, and villainize scientists and educators.

Chicago Teachers Union voted to return to remote learning this week, shutting down public schools and sending over 330,000 students back to remote learning. This also sent hundreds of thousands of parents scrambling to balance between being a parent and their full-time jobs.

In Florida, they battle over mask mandates in schools and mandating vaccines. This is not the case.

In Chicago, over 90 percent of public school teachers are vaccinated. Even with the omicron variant spreading through the nation, those fully vaxxed are very unlikely to be hospitalized if they catch COVID. Chicago’s public schools require indoor masking and are also distributing high-quality N95 masks in its schools. The federal government has given public schools over $200 billion…

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