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The Five Elements of Santa Cruz Island

The Five Elements of Santa Cruz Island

In the history book, the island Santa Cruz offers many interesting chapters: being disconnected from the rest of the world until mid-18th century ( Chumas people enjoyed the disconnection before) , being controlled by several missionaries and expeditions, serving as one of the most critical base during the World War II and some point being the largest privately owned island. Today this has become a national park, one of the attractive destinations for island packers.

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Same scene, Different Era – Yosemite Valley

Imagine strangers invading your neighborhood, burning your house to the ground, ransacking your local grocery store, and taking over your town.
Could you make a living in a foreign culture that invaded your world? Could you hold your family together?
Could you survive?
Miners by the thousands invaded the Sierra Nevada (Yosemite) foothills during the gold rush from 1849 to 1851. Some Indians struck back and raided a trading post, killing several miners. In 1851, a band of volunteers formed the Mariposa Battalion, sanctioned by the state of California, to rid the area of the perceived threat of Indians. When they entered Yosemite Valley, …

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Windings of the Windy City – Chicago

Chicago, I’d say a city full of stories, has lot to show off. Densely populated skyscrapers, multi layered streets, modern parks and modern life style. But beside these modernizations, people here are still very proud of their history. They still want to talk about how they had recovered from the great fire of Chicago back in 1871, how successful the World’s Fair (A Century of Progress International Exposition) in 1933 was and how they value art and science at museums and scientific facilities as the yin and yang of the civilization. I realized that the city Chicago is as it is today, definitely because of the perseverance and continued effort of the ‘people’ who live and believe in this city. Here I would like to share some photographs taken during my short stay.

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Bouquet of Happiness


Costa Rica has been declared the happiest country in the planet earth. It has topped the HPI chart (Happy Planet Index). Nepal is standing at 37 with the HPI score of 51.6. Interesting enough, large and developed countries like USA and UK are found at the bottom of the chart (USA at 114 and UK at 74). In the indexer’s words “The Happy Planet Index reveals the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered. The index combines environmental impact with human well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which, country by country, people live long and happy lives.” Like one of my friends comment, I think what it essential means is the index of ‘living in harmony’.
With all this in mind I recalled the feelings I had last month when I was in my remote village Majuwa at Bhojpur. No road, no electricity, my village is really deprived by the Nation’s development process. But in the other side,…

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