happy self talk

honey wine.. I love having a good conversation with my close friend and a glass of beautiful honey wine. Why are Ethiopian people so friendly? I feel at home in the airport – every time I drove by the airport, my heart is uplifted. Do you enjoy the moment when the plane is taking off? Do you like the feeling when there is turbulence during the flight? Do you wake in the middle of the flight and feel like traveling to somewhere mysterious?

Women deserve good health care. Old people are not old, some young people are very old. They are the most beautiful people. I love talking with people in their 60’s and above. We ought to give more time and gifts to people living on the street. I love Angie and Brad. Gay marriage should be legalized everywhere. In some aspects, human are no better than animals – we should learn from them. Who invented green tea icecream?

Movies I will watch again: the curious case of benjamin button, avatar, schindler’s list, the pianist, a beautiful mind, the pursuit of happYness (haha, i love that Y), transformer… what if everything is a dream? are we living in someone else’s mind? What’s on your mind at this moment?

I think looking down on someone is looking down on yourself. Good things happen slowly, like, learning a new language, keeping a habit, learning to fly, recover from a decease, learning about ourselves… speed could be detrimental sometimes…like, demolishing a historical building, war, revolutions (?), anger, volcano eruption.

i want to visit in hawaii someday. look to the ocean n sky, the openness, the freedom, the air we breath, the light emitting at the far edge of the ocean, the starry sky at night. yes, the stars…the moment…the nature sound of peacefulness…

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It’s a great art, is rowing. It’s the finest art there is.
It’s a symphony of 
And when you’re rowing well
Why it’s nearing perfection
And when you

reach perfection
You’re touching the divine.
It touches the you of you’s
is your soul.
~George Pocock


 Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Mizoram, India

I ran and ran every day, and I acquired a sense of determination,
this sense of spirit that I would never, never, give up, no matter what else happened.
– Wilma Rudolph, Winner of three gold medals at the Olympic Games




With the catching ends the pleasure of the chase.
– Abraham Lincoln



Walking on fire has existed for thousands of years, with records dating back to 1200 B.C.
It is used to demonstrate faith, healing, and rites of initiation.
David A. Willey, Firewalking Myth vs. Physics

Sri Lanka


I always…

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The greatest good that mortals know
and all of heaven we have below.
– Joseph Addison


Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Umbria, Italy 

Karabash-i Veli,  Bursa, Turkey

Street Musician, Dublin, Ireland 


La Habana Vieja, Cuba

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
– Leo Tolstoy

A family plays music on the street hoping for a few rupees, India

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
– Berthold Auerbach

Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia

Two musicians practice for the Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy

Music’s the medicine of the mind. 
– John A. Logan


Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
– Leonard Bernstein


Herbie Hancock, Italy
Winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Hancock is a musical icon.

 Kalash Girl, Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

 When words leave off, music begins.
– Heinrich Heine

Khan Murjan restaurant in a 14th…

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On Prayer
… All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge
And walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard,
Above landscapes the color of ripe gold
Transformed by a magic stopping of the sun.
– Czeslaw Milosz, Polish Author


Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when,
whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
– Victor Hugo, Les Misérables



One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.
– G. E. Lessing, German writer and philosopher



Listening is the beginning of prayer.
– Mother Teresa


Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere,
there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage,
and you will understand that prayer is an education.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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Home is where one starts from. 
– T.S. Eliot

Rajasthan, India

The ache for home lives in all of us…
– Maya Angelou

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

My home is my retreat and resting place …
I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside,
as I do another corner in my soul.
– Michel de Montaigne

Cave Homes in Bamiyan, Afghanistan


He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan 

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown.
It may be frail — its roof may shake — the wind may blow through it — the storm may enter — the rain may enter —
but the King of England cannot enter! — all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the…

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