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Day 7~ June 7th~ Xinjiang

the boy and his music

In this life the lucky ones are those who find out what it is they love…

What a great settlement it is to know what makes you do your best, what passion drives you to give the most out of yourself, what your art is. Some people know that and they live in a state that is immediately identifiable. It is the quiet state of knowing that what makes your heart skip a beat and what gives you peace is within your reach because you have identified it. For this boy in the streets of Kashgar it was a home-made musical instrument. He loved it. His mother told me proudly how good he was able to play it and how many hours he did just that. He is one of the lucky ones.

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Day Two Hundred Sixty Eight, October 17, 2011

luck and chinese fortune sticks

In almost every culture in the history of the human race, you find appearances of links to the esoteric worlds. From the Tarot of Ancient Egypt, to high priests, fortune tellers, oracles, the research of astrology, numerology and the list goes on and on down to religious beliefs and different faiths around the globe.

At different times, humans ask questions and look for answers in the unseen worlds rather than the seen. This aspect of life continues to tickle the interest of Lea as she asks her daily “beyond the beyond” questions.

photo taken: Lea reading the luck for the day from a stick she picked out of a Chinese Fortune Sticks box we bought in a Shanghai antique market.

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Day Two Hundred Fourty One, September 20, 2011

under a shanghai sky

I pass them by everyday, migrants from the provinces, on the streets of the city, pulling and pushing, their heavy loads, on bikes and on foot, male and female, old and even older, weariness in their eyes, wrinkles on their forehead, under the Shanghai sky.

And they remind me every single day, that I have it easy, that I should thank my lucky stars, that my small problems are petty, that life could be so much more difficult, and that someone has handed me a great card this time around…