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January 2, 2013

Here is an abstract I-phone shot from the kitchen, I'm again going to try a 365 day project in real time.   I read an interesting article in West Virginia Living Online (WVLiving.com) about a local Russian Orthodox monastery, the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, that has quietly existed for a number of years not far from here.  They produce a number of products as a way to make a living including incense, bread, honey, candles, and goat’s milk soap.  A friend and local photographer Mike Adkins recently struck up a nice conversation  with one of the monks in Starbucks, where they discussed art and photography.  In the online article, you'll find a good number of excellent photographs by Toril Lavender (wife of newspaper reporter Dave Lavender, who authored one of my travel books that I've used for this blog).  You can access the monastery article right here.

"When the student is ready,
the teacher will appear."

Buddha 
(**this one might take a few moments to grasp.  MH)