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“shadows are shy reality”

like shadows. They are like shy reality! Another form of reflection without a mirror. The kinship of shadow and loneliness is so eminent. The gaze and the haze. The resonance of silence.  The lonely and the shadow share that shallow existence, that yet persists and endures in careless surrender. – I found few lines of verse for great poets on the shadow, I thought I will add to this post./ KH Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow For Thine is the Kingdom By T S Eliot And, as his strength, Failed him at length, He met a pilgrim shadow. “Shadow” said he, Where can it be- this Kingdom of Eldorado? By Paul Laurence Dunbar I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. He is very, very like me from the...

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Laundry on the line!

It’s no more usual in our urban life to see long lines of laundry in the Sun!  But it surely is a moving scene. End of summer I spent few days in a known Lebanese mountain resort of Dhour Shwair. We stayed at a once niche hotel that has started regaining its stature near the well known pine forest of Bologna. From my balcony overlooking the back side of the hotel, with a quite a French ‘Provence’ scenery, I could see several configurations of intriguing pine trees, a variety of vegetations, and the hotel laundry. Long lines of white sheets in the bright sun. One of the memorable smell-feeling of our childhood is that of hot-clean-soap-smelling-glowing bedsheets, still to be picked up from the house roof or balcony. Such a eye-nose-face skin-heart filling encounter. The scenery of the hotel automatically gave me the confidence that the hotel cares about cleanliness. I took few photos of the laundry from my room and even from a...

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the other tourism

Leave a small empty gap in your traveling bag, when you are going on a trip. Just as a symbolic reminder that when on vacation, make a little space for unplanned coincidence. At a moment of boredom loiter around to where you had never planned. Walk in an unknown allay and you might find a small shop where you have an unforgettable chat with the storekeeper. Walk along, you might notice an opening under a stone arch, where a small family run restaurant can offer you an ‘un-touristic’ meal, the like of which you will find no where else. It won’t be only the food, but the conversation, and the homemade cookies or drink. And maybe a little souvenir that you are given, or you buy for few pennies. And nearby, in an old bookstore you will find a worn out book that you will keep and cherish forever. The empty space in your bag are for things, you never had in mind. A small walk to...

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