BRENDA MCCRACKEN

There is divine beauty in learning… To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.  Elie Wiesel

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You can be miserable before you have a cookie and you can be miserable after you eat a cookie but you can’t be miserable while you are eating a cookie.   Ina Garten

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Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die. B. R. Ambedkar

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INTERNATIONAL WEEK CONCLUDED—FRANCE

What a sad bench it is that has never been sat upon by a grey beard.  Corsican Proverb

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INTERNATIONAL WEEK—SYRIA

From Meri Murphy’s Blog “Way-back-when, in October, 2010, I went to Syria.  I’d just started my journey (September, 2010), having visited only Bulgaria and Turkey. I very much wanted to see for myself what this prominent member of the Axis of Evil had to offer.

Syria was my favorite country – maybe because it was the biggest surprise:  beautiful, with hospitable and kind people, easy to get around.  Since it was still early in my journey, maybe the biggest surprise of all was that life there paralleled life here:  people lived in apartments or houses, they went to work, and came home to their families at the end of the day.  Many drove cars. The children went to school.  People went  shopping – and making it exotic, they also shopped at the Souq.”

From the Christian Science Monitor, May 5, 2014  “The Crac des Chevaliers once held off a siege by the Muslim warrior Saladin some 900 years ago, but today bears the wounds of modern warfare: heavy artillery damaged its walls, an airstrike punctured its roof, and shrapnel tore through its religious artifacts.

From its towering hilltop perch in western Syria, the world’s best preserved medieval Crusader castle has fallen victim to the chaos of Syria’s civil war as rebels fight to topple President Bashar Assad. The damage done to the majestic stone structure, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, shows that the warring sides will stop at nothing, including the destruction of the country’s rich heritage, to hold on to power or territory.”

CRAC DE CHEVALIER

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INTERNATIONAL WEEK—THAILAND

At any time in history, gazillions of lives are being lived simultaneously. In Zimbabwe, Thailand, Tasmania, and Borneo, in the poorest hovel and the richest palace, in the sky and on the moon, the lives of ants, plants, gorillas, and people are going on. But we are generally fixated on that infinitesimal thing in the scope of the universe, ourselves.  Kelly Easton, The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes

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INTERNATIONAL WEEK—SPAIN

You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these. So I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me.   Jalaluddin Rumi

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INTERNATIONAL WEEK—ENGLAND

I spent the day with the pigeons, on a bench in Trafalgar Square, my bag of belongings huddled to my chest in case someone thought of taking them, and a pile of breadcrumbs at my feet. I let the pigeons congregate around me … Eventually a local warden came up to me and said , “Sir, we ask people not to feed the pigeons,” with such an expression of civic determination that I pretense not to understand English. Instead, I listed my way through various “eh?” sounds until, having exhausted his two words of French and three of Spanish, he concluded that since I was neither nationality, I wasn’t worth the bother.  Kate Griffin

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INTERNATIONAL WEEK—BALTIC SEA

The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don’t know. Sherman Alexie

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INTERNATIONAL WEEK—SPAIN

Like Spain, I am bound to the past.  William S. Burroughs

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