Joy captured in photos

A luminous collection of quotes and photographs from around the world centered on living in joy.
To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. – Mark Twain

Most of my images are grounded in people,” photojournalist Steve McCurry says. “I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.”

And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth’s green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In Living;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
in fighting evils…
Joy is there Everywhere.
Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1913

Captured joy

No more books:!
Students at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., will access all 40 textbooks in the school’s curriculum using a laptop or tablet.

High school goes all digital

31 Day Blog Challenge, #21

Wiener Schnitzel
Good potato fries (and they have to be GOOD. I don’t like the soggy awful fastfood stuff)
Crepes (well *I* call them pancakes but my American husband is up in arms about that)
Good crumbly scones with jam and cream
REAL tomatoes, the kind that grew on the vine and smell right
Mozzarella cheese (I like it fresh AND smoked)
Gravenstein apples
The top 10 short stories
Nadine Gordimer says short stories should ‘burn a hole into the page‘. Here are 10 of the most incandescent examples of the form, chosen by Tessa Hadley.
Take number 3, for example: A Report to an Academy by Franz Kafka:

An ape lectures in exquisitely sophisticated sentences to a distinguished audience in Vienna, telling them his tragic history: since he was captured on the Gold Coast, he has been forced to set about learning human culture. Kafka’s deadpan fable is as vast and funny and terrifying as Metamorphosis.

Top short stories

Alma Alexander
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