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    FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT
    THE AFGHANISTAN PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
    by Bill Wright (www.wrightworld.com)

    KABUL JOURNAL
    JULY 21-AUGUST 2, 2006
    Saturday, June 29, 2006 (Day Seven)
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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 to teach some children there the fundamentals of photography, and kept a
journal of his experiences.

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Sarah and Faideen arrived on schedule to pick me
up and deliver me to the Kabul hospital for some help
with my back. The pain had not diminished but was
being controlled somewhat by the Advil I fortunately
had in my kit. I took the back seat of the van so that I
could stretch out my legs and we started off through
the heavy traffic of the morning.

The hospital was located some distance from the hotel so I had a chance to see more of the
city as we traveled along. I opened the window and shot a few pictures of the roadside
vendors as we stopped periodically for traffic.

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And now, the Last Word:
Photo: Stephen Bowman
God help us to live slowly:

To move simply:

To look softly:

To allow emptiness:

To let the heart create for us.

Amen.
Michael Leunig (b. 1945)
Austalian cartoonist
Although I am planning and doing things in the world, it is only to please the
Lord. I test myself: even when I am working I whisper within, "Where are
You, Lord?" and the whole world changes. There is nothing  but a great
Light and I am a little bubble in that Ocean of Light. Such is the joy of
existence in God.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
From  "Man's Eternal Quest"
    TODAY IS THE CONTEST TO WIN TWO
    TICKETS TO ATTEND THE PLAY "DOUBT" AT
    THE AHMANSON THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES
    ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 26TH AT 8:00 PM; ATTEND
    A POST SHOW RECEPTION; AND JOIN IN A
    DISCUSSION ABOUT THE PLAY.

    The word "doubt" is hidden multiple times
    on Reviews and Forum. Read everything on
    Reviews and Forum, including page two of
    any of the articles, counting the number
    of times "doubt" appears. Then, at midnight
    tonight (you know, that moment between
    Thursday night and Friday morning) email
    me at: Lisa@TheReligionNetwork.com.
    Tell me how many times the word "doubt"
    appeared on the Forum and how many times
    on Reviews. Please also give me your name,
    address and telephone number.
Friday morning I will look at the emails in the order
in which they were received after midnight. The
first entry with the TWO correct numbers will win
the "Doubt" tickets worth $161.
Photo by Chuck Bowman
Of course God is the "wholly Other"; but
He is also the wholly Same, the wholly
Present. Of course He is the Mysterium
Tremendum that appears and overthrows;
but He is also the mystery of the
self-evident, nearer to me than my I.
Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Austrian-Jewish philosopher and educator
From "I and Thou"
Collier Books, 1958
Bill Wright
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The only condition necessary for
(the) state of self-surrender is the
present moment in which the soul,
light as a feather, fluid as water,
innocent as a child, responds to
every movement of grace like a
floating balloon. Such souls are like
molten metal filling whatever vessel
God chooses to pour them into...We
know indeed that 'all things work
together for good to them that love
God.'
Photo: Stephen Bowman
Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
Jesuit priest whose talks were gathered into book form by the nuns of Nancy, France
From 'Sacrament of the Present Moment'
HarperSanFrancisco, 1966
Protect me, O Lord;
My boat is so small,
And your sea is so big.

Breton Fisherman's Prayer
Photo: Stephen Bowman
God of truth, be Thou alone my guide...

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Hindu leader
Photo by Chuck Bowman