Archive for Doris Lessing

COLORS OF ETHIOPIA

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Ours
Time-old
Highland of highlands
Ancient
Where all history ends
Where all rainbows meet…
Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin
Poet Laureate of Ethiopia
1936 – 2006

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I knew that the English regarded themselves as civilized, 
 but it seemed to me that in many ways Ethiopia was a far more civilized place.
Catherine Hamlin, M.D. in The Hospital by the River : A Story Of Hope
Founder with her husband of Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

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 Ethiopia confounds every expectation
You arrive expecting a vast featureless desert and instead find yourself
overwhelmed by majestic landscapes and climatic abundance.
Ethiopia is a true revelation.
It is the most welcoming, enjoyable and
uplifting country I have ever visited.
– Philip Briggs, Ethiopa 

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Ethiopia has always held a special place in my own imagination.
I felt I would be visiting my own genesis,
unearthing the roots of what made me an African.
– Nelson Mandela

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Over the plains of Ethiopia the sun rose …
A big, cool, empty sky flushed a little above a rim of dark mountains.
There hung the sun, like a luminous spider’s egg, or a white pearl,
just below the rim of the mountains…

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I knew how far below in the swelling heat the birds were an orchestra in the
trees about the villages of mud huts;
how the long grass was straightening while dangling locks of dewdrops dwindled and dried;
how the people were moving out into the fields about the business of herding and hoeing.”
– Doris Lessing, Going Home

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… Go on and up! Our souls and eyes
Shall follow thy continuous rise;
Our ears shall list thy story
From bards who from thy root shall spring,
And proudly tune their lyres to sing
Of Ethiopia’s glory.
– Paul Laurence Dunbar
1872 – 1906

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 Coffee is our bread.
– Ethiopian Proverb

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The coffee ceremony is integral to Ethiopian culture.  
Its cultural and social importance can’t be overestimated.
It is believed that blessings will be bestowed on those who
practice this ritual.  

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Finding the Sublime 
December 16, 2014 – April 2015
CT Gallery
112 rue Saint-François 74120
Megève, France

Iconic Photographs
Bait Al Zubair Museum
Muscat, Oman
Opens December 16, 2014

Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Riale di Monza
Monza, Italy
October 30 – April 6, 2015

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More Fun and Games

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Wodaabe Tribe, Niger

Laughter is by definition healthy.
– Doris Lessing,  Nobel Laureate in Literature

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La Fortuna, Honduras

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Shanghai Circus, Shanghai, China 

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Moscow, Russia 

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Perugia, Italy

If music be the food of love, play on.
– William Shakespeare

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Havana, Cuba

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India

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Rajasthan, India

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Lucknow, India

No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called games.
– W. H. Auden

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Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

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Mersin, Turkey 

Could we look into the head of a Chess player,
we should see there a whole world of feelings,
images, ideas, emotion and passion.
– Alfred Binet

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Jodhpur, India

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Peru

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Some people believe football is a matter of
life and death.
I’m very disappointed with that attitude.
I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.
– Bill Shankly, English soccer manager.

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Maningrida, Australia

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Tibet

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Young Shepherd during Holi, Rajasthan, India

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
– Immanual Kant

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Istanbul, Turkey

Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
– Anatole France

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Mumbai/Bombay, India

 

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Buzkashi, Kabul, Afghanistan

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Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them.
Golf is more complicated than that.
– Gardner Dickinson

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Bangladesh

 

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Yemen

 

You must invent your own games and
teach us old ones how to play.
– Nikki Giovanni

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Burma/Myanmar

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Varanasi, India

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