These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Start of the Ganges

When I was a youngster at our dinner table, my parents would ask what I'd learned that day in school. This wasn't on a rare occasion, but rather quite frequently. I hated the question and always maintained that I had not learned a thing. Of course, that could not have been true.

Though now, as a retired educator I would like to think people continue to learn throughout their lives. I've never really convinced myself of the truth of that premise for some I've met, but it makes for a nice, tidy philosophy.

In fact much like my parents' annoying mealtime banter, I should probably set aside time each day to think of the concrete, new things I've learned. Our world is enormous and it's all right here in front of our collective faces. Perhaps you should close this page in your Internet browser (as soon as you finish this post) and think of a question you've never asked. With a tiny bit of effort, we all can end our day with a few new insights.

We were watching a documentary on the wildlife of India last night. Hardly a show about the geography of India could be produced without the mention of the Ganges River. I was not a stranger to information on that sacred river and have, in fact, seen it, on a long-ago trip, flowing through the city of Varanasi. I also knew that its headwaters were in the north of India in the western Himalayas. I did not know, however, at what point it took on its name.


Now I do. Look at the photos! Damn, here's a new place to which I want to say I've been.


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