image image image image image image image image Eye-level, but one might not notice it: a mere hole-in-the-wall. It looks to drain a trench, and in heavy rains it probably gushes. Meanwhile, it serves the local cat community as a passage between International College and American University of Beirut. Paw prints indicate increasing usage since the univesity opened a nearby door to from campus to the secret stairs.

image imageFinally, the Isstar Wares Sandcrawler of Jawa Policy and Interstellar Affairs is fully operational. That means that the doors open and close and that the lights come on and off. No one has seen anyone working inside, but what do we know of Jawas, policy studies, or intersteelar affairs? I hardly ever get off-planet, and when I do, I stay in our solar system.

image A potter at Jisr Al-Qadi, taken on print film by my wife in 1992 with a Nikon F3 and. 50 mm F1.4. We were touring through the Chouf just after New Year’s. I saw a similar photo in an old National Geographic article, I think it was “Lebanon, Little Bible Land in the Crossfire of History,” 01 February 1970, but I cannot find my copy. He was noticeably younger.


image image image image Some shadows are thick; some are thin. Some are heavy; some are light. Some are dark; some are bright. Some flow fast; some flow slowly. Some are even nocturnal.

image image A cultivar of Allium ampeloprasum. Important and valued in many dishes, yet seldom appreciated as the primary ingredient. Try them braised: Place lengths in a lidded pan with a knob of butter, some lemon juice, and a splash of water, white wine, or stock. Simmer over a very low flame covered until tender, between 20 to 40 minutes. Check with a toothpick or bite. Uncover, remove the leeks to a serving platter, reduce the juices over moderate flame, and pour over the leeks. serve hot, cold, or ambient.

image image image image The unrotoscoped version because I was traveling without my iPad and integrated ToonCamera app, and because it shows how the wall is crumbling while the graffiti endures. Upper on Corniche al Nahr, lower in Achrafieh.

image image What is she thinking about? A Bourj Hammoud bridal shop window.

image image image One would think that those who sleep outdoors would not be surprised to find others in their bedrooms. He got huffy, jumped under a bench and refused to pose for photos.

image image image From the Corniche al Bahr, near the Riviera Hotel.


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