Beautiful Image

Botanical gardens

Botanical gardens Photography copyrighted by Barbara Mattio

The Romans had a ritual of lifting nieces and nephews to the rising sun. This image bonded the sisters into the circle of family. These women shared in the fruitfulness of their sisters’ lives and symbolically took responsibility for all the children of the community.

Today, we are not bonded in our communities. There is freedom that few experienced in earlier times. But the price is the loneliness that comes from severed connections. We have lost the responsibility for ourselves and the other people around us.

Celtic woman

Celtic woman

“This is the day when dawn
receives our saffron cakes
in her sacred temple.
This is the day which honors
the bond between sisters
and the freedom of all women.
There is no slavery today at the threshold of the temple. Today all women
are joined in the joys of motherhood:
for we hold up, not our own, but our sisters’ children to the sun.” –Ovid, Fasti

One Woman, One World, One Family, unending love.

One Woman, One World, One Family, unending love.

This building is in Istanbul and has been a Jewish Temple, a Catherdral, a mosque and is now a Catherdral. From what I have studied it is most breath taking. I thought everyone should have this glimpse!

Places Unknown and Everything Else

Hagia Sophia is beautiful place to visit, and by the way you don’t have to wear pants or cover your shoulders to visit it. We thought that we had to and went back to hotel to get the right attire before going to see it. Wearing pants in the middle of July in Istanbul is not the most pleasant experience. Imagine my surprise when I learned that Hagia Sophia is not active mosque anymore and it is tourist attraction, you have to buy a ticket to get in (not cheap one either), so you can pretty much wear whatever you feel comfortable in.

This photo is better viewed in higher resolution, all those details are pretty cool, just click on it…

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