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The Miraculous Love Kids

URGENT UPDATE! The girls need rescuing NOW in this dire situation. Music was a great healing force for these beautiful girls in Afghanistan since 2014 through Lanny Cordola and The Miraculous Love Kids. It has now come to a halt in the last week with the Taliban invasion, and the girls are in great danger. Show your compassion by donating what you can to help create a rescue team to get the girls to safety. https://miraculouslovekids.org/…/mlk-general-fund/donate

My heart is breaking, as I’m sure yours is, as I watch the news about the thousands of Afghans fighting for their lives. All Afghans deserve the freedoms they have grown accustomed to, yet it is the women and girls that are the most vulnerable. We cannot allow it to happen again and must do everything we can to help.

A great beacon of hope for Afghans comes from the work of Lanny Cordola, a rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer from California who was healing Afghan children with music since 2014. In 2012 Lanny visited Afghanistan and was deeply moved to help the refugee and homeless children there. He moved to Kabul and has been working with youth ever since. READ MORE

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

We’ve all heard the saying “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day.”
Well, I had to go to Greece (yes, Greece) this past fall to discover
how true this still is, and how it related to finishing my book.
Why Greece? The original concept of Beauty began there.
My goal has always been To Bring Beauty to Humanity and Humanity to Beauty.

The Mystery of Kohl

Egypt 3500 BC to the present

As I revisit the photographs I took of the tailor’s family for my upcoming book, Modern Nomad: Into the Heart of the Silk Road, Afghanistan 1977, kohl captivated my imagination, since all the women of the tailor’s family wore kohl, including the baby (photo above.) The ancient “eyeliner” was used as medicine, beauty, and for protection against the “evil eye.”  I had to know more….READ MORE

The Evolving Tale

Camel Christmas Card, Afghanistan 1977

The evolving tale of Modern Nomad: Into the Silk Road, Afghanistan 1977

Recently I’ve discovered that the world of self-publishing can become like a Camel Caravan headed out into the vast unknown, with constantly shifting sands of possibilities. It is a fascinating adventure, but no small feat. Though not quite to the point of becoming a Marco Polo of self-publishing, I’m deep into exploring this new and wonderful terrain and am excited by what’s to come.READ MORE

Modern Nomad, Into the Heart of the Silk Road

I am excited to share with you pre-publication news about my upcoming book of photographs and stories, Modern Nomad: Into the Heart of the Silk Road, Afghanistan 1977. It traces my footsteps to Afghanistan and how the journey began, wonderful meetings with Afghan people—from sophisticated to tribal—as well as my ventures into “forbidden” territories on the outskirts of Kabul and how I was protected by good fortune.