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    by Bill Wright

    Sunday, July 30, 2006 (Day Eight)

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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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See who won 2 tickets to CTG's production of "Doubt"! Scroll down...
I had packed everything the night before so I was anxiously waiting for Fardeen and Sarah
to pick me up and take me to the airport for my trip home via Dubai. I was glad for a day
layover there in case the three hour trip was too much for my miserable back. I was also
looking forward to staying in the net Twin Towers of Dubai, a swanky 4 star hotel that was
part of the modern Arab world.

We arrived at the airport a couple of hours before flight time and parked in the lot
designated. No curbside check-in at the Kabul international airport! Fortunately, there were
porters available to carry luggage and off we went with me hobbling behind the Afghan
track star and hoping my tip would offset the value of the luggage if he disappeared into
the distance. The track star was waiting as I arrived at security and eagerly accepted my
$5.00 tip, putting my bag on the conveyor belt and hurrying off for fresh customers.

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And now, the Last Word:
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Listen to me, O islands, and
hearken, O distant regimes:
Hashem summoned me from the
belly; He mentioned my name
from my mother's womb. He
made my mouth like a sharp
sword; in the shadow of His hand
He hid me; He made me like a
smooth arrow, in His quiver He
concealed me. He said to me,
"You are my servant, Israel, in
whom I take glory"...He said: "It
is insufficient that you be a
servant for Me (only) to raise up
the tribes of Jacob and to restore
the ruins of Israel; I will make
you a light for the nations, so that
My salvation may extend to the
ends of the earth."
Isaiah 49:1-3,6
Tanach, The Stone Edition
Mesorah Publications, Limited, 2005
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

Max Lucado (b. 1955)
Well-known contemporary Christian author and Senior Minister at Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, Texas
Nan Rae of Burbank, CA has
won 2 tickets worth $121 to the
award-winning play, "Doubt"!

Congratulations, Nan! We'll see
you at the Ahmanson on Tuesday,
Sept. 26th, at Neighborhood Night,
co-sponsored by Center Theatre
Group and The Religion Network.
You'll also attend the post show
VIP reception and the question
and answer session with our
distinguished panel. Enjoy!
A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be
horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both
red and roses.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic

    Do all the good you can,
    By all the means you can,
    In all the ways you can,
    In all the places you can,
    At all the times you can,
    To all the people you can,
    As long as ever you can.

    John Wesley (1703-1791)
    Anglican clergyman and leader
    in the early Methodist movement
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique
being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance
will such a marvellously picturesque piece of diversity in unity
as he is ever be put together a second time.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
German philosopher
The Weekend Edition
Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.

Malcom Muggeridge (1903-1990)
British journalist, author, satirist, soldier, spy and Christian scholar
Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Final installment coming on Monday
For the curious, Nan won by finding the word
"doubt" 15 times in Reviews and 17 times in Forum.