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  • I recently realized that this photo is a great metaphor for how I write stories on Cowbird.

    I write 'story caravans.' Sometimes 5, sometimes 30 in a row.

    Peru...adoption, despair, becoming a mother, finally arriving home.

    Somalia...culture shock, loneliness, adjustment, doing 'good' Work., paradox, feeling on the edge, near death, surrender.

    Lebanon...teaching, global community, global conflict, coming of age.

    And so on.

    And (I notice now that) these stories of my global life experiences of the past are interspersed with my current quiet, timeless, meditative experiences of walking and taking photos in my most local urban forests.

    Perhaps the photos and stories of urban nature are oases along the way; local places to rest before continuing on the global journey.

    May all of these story caravans move across the desert gently and harmoniously from oasis to oasis in the light of the sun.

    Blessed Be!

    [Photo by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Mauritania, from his website with thousands of desktop wallpapers of his photos.]
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