Endlessly fascinated

Women gather outside an Istanbul mosque, 2008

Women gather outside an Istanbul mosque, 2008

“If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by the new channels of thought and experience and personality that you encounter.”Eleanor Roosevelt

Even within a single culture or location, there are no two people alike.  In fact, I’ve never known any two people who were even close to being identical in personality, interests or beliefs.  Given the number of people in the world, this is pretty amazing to me.  And each person has a unique history and a complex, multi-faceted story.  So many potential friends…so little time!


  1. Just beautiful…. so true.

    • Thanks, Heather! I just visited your blog briefly, and it looks wonderful – now I’m following! I’m so glad you visited us here.

  2. Very True. Wonderful.

    • Thanks, I appreciate your visits here!

  3. Nancy

    Other than Yellowstone, Julia, is there anywhere in the world you all have not been???

    • Yes, actually quite a few places! I have never been anywhere in Asia (just went to the European side of Turkey) and would love to go to China, India, and many other Asian countries! And that’s just for starters. 🙂 Jeff and I always dreamed of doing a lot of traveling when he retires, and I pray fervently that will be possible for us. Please keep praying with us that Jeff’s treatment will save his life.

      • Nancy

        We are…


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