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And now, the Last Word:
Here you go, you wild and crazy people:

"I say you are mad with love, my Jesus, and I will always say it. You are
altogether lovely and merry,  you refresh and console, you nourish and
unite, you are torment and relief, effort and rest, death and life in one.
What is not in you? You are wise and willful, sublime and
immeasurable, wonderful and inexpressible."

--St. Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi (1566-1607)
Italian Carmelite nun and mystic who was canonized in 1669
Bill Wright is a Texas photographer with five photographic books to his credit. He has
work in public and private collections including the British Library in London; the
National Museum of American Art in Washington; the Smithsonian Institute in
Washington; and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas,
Austin. He recently made a trip to Afghanistan, and kept a journal of his experiences.

Today: Part Two
Photo: Stephen Bowman
Contest!  Win Tickets to see Center Theatre Group's production, "Doubt."  More below...
    by Bill Wright

    JULY 21-AUGUST 2, 2006

    Monday, July 24, 2006

    What a day.

    Not able to sleep but two or three hours during the night made me ready to get up
    early and get started. I went to the lobby about 6:00 am to  get an ethernet cable to
    connect with the internet and stayed for a short breakfast.

    Faideen, my driver and interpreter, was scheduled to meet me at 7:45 am for the trip
    to ASCHIANA. I wanted to get the computers set up and ready for action after lunch.
    I downloaded over 200 emails, many of which were from friends wishing me the best
    of luck on the journey.

    This was to be the big day---getting the cameras and making the first photographs.
    I was worried about being able to communicate adequately and hold the students
    interest. I need not have worried.

    Faideen was right on time and I had my first real experience of driving in Kabul traffic.
    Cairo was a snap compared to Afghan drivers. Our trip to the school was mercifully
    short but in the space of only a few miles I thought I would be involved in at least a
    dozen collisions and witness numerous impalements of bicycle riders and pedestri-
    ans. It was a cacophony of color and motion---horns blaring---scowls passed between
    vehicles and seemingly non-existent rules of the road. No traffic lights were working
    since the end of the war.

    Faideen was nonchalant. He carried on an easy conversation inquiring about my family
    and the state of the world. He was born in Afghanistan, but he left for Pakistan when
    the Taliban took over. After the war...(continued on page 2)
Photo by Stephen Bowman
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so
much seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to
understand, not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
--St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
Founder of the Franciscan Order, beloved patron saint of Italy
But Jesus summoned them and said..."Rather, whoever wishes to be great
among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you
shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but
to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

--Matthew 20: 25, 26-28
New American Bible
Photo: Stephen Bowman
Don't concern yourself with the
faults of others. Use the scouring
powder of wisdom to keep the
rooms of your own mind bright and
spotless. By your example, other
persons will be inspired to do their
own housekeeping.
--Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Yogi and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship

    It is not how much you do, but how much Love you put into the doing that matters.

    --(Blessed) Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
      Nun of Romanian origin who found the Missionaries of Charity in India. Beatified in 2003.

    The question that truly counts is not whether we imitate Mother Teresa, but
    whether we are open to the many little sufferings of those with whom we share
    our life. Are we willing to spend time with those who do not stimulate our curiosity?
    Do we listen to those who do not immediately attract us? Can we be compassionate
    to those whose suffering remains hidden from the eyes of the world?

    --Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
     Dutch priest and author of 40 books.
     From "The Dance of Life"
     Ave Maria Press, 2005
The golden rule of mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall
always see Truth in fragment and from different angles of vision. Even amongst the most
conscientious persons, there will be room enough for honest differences of opinion. The only possible
rule of conduct in any civilised society is, therefore, mutual toleration.

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Major political and spiritual leader of India
By connecting with your soul first thing in the morning and last thing at night, you instill
new meaning into every activity that falls in between...

You discover sanctity and holiness in everything you do....When you conduct
business, you are not just working to survive, but using your skills to help refine the
world by teaching others and setting a virtuous example. When you visit family and
friends, you are not just passing the time, but trying to inspire one another to take full
advantage of their various abilities...

It is never too late to start living your life meaningfully.
From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002