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silence, nature, Solo Travel

True Silence

by Daniel Steinbock

Khumjung — On the edge of Ngozumpa, the longest glacier in the Himalayas. It was here I heard true silence for the first time. No people, no machines in valley nor sky; only the eagles soundlessly soaring above. I had to hold my breath to hear it — the way a vast natural quiet draws everything that is far intimately close: a pebble falling on the far side of the valley falls at my feet, an eagle’s wing brush...

LA Times Festival of books, aging

Maybe men feel invisible too in their forties. Talk with Jane Green

by Dani Z

Los angeles — When I was in Medellin, Colombia, I went out to dinner with 5 men, all in their sixties. All their girlfriends were under 25 and they complained endlessly about women over 25: they were not as fun, to...

japan, Culture, Shrines

Fox face Ema (絵馬), Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari-Taisha)

by Nishad TR

Fushimi-ku — Kitsune1 (狐) faced Ema2 (絵馬), Fushimi Inari3 Shinto4 Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari-Taisha) Kitsune (狐) is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes and human beings lived close together in ancient Japan; th...

kangaroo, Australian wildlife

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner!

by David Wade Chambers

Aireys inlet — And mowing the “lawn” into the bargain. It’s now the next morning, and they’re still hanging around at our place.

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