Gettin’ the Blues at the Poor Monkey Lounge Ain’t Easy

You see, just finding the Poor Monkey Lounge isn't easy. I asked directions from an older gentleman wearing bib overalls and a straw hat as he walked down the shady side of First Street in tiny (pop 428), downtown Merigold, MS. "You ain't from around here are you," he responded, with a squint and just a bit of disdain. His face brightened slightly as he proceeded to give me directions. I got lost anyway.

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Just a picture of a cute kid standing in a corn field in rural Tanzania. Right? Look closer. See his distended belly? The child is malnourished while surrounded by plenty. Poultry, goats, and pigs are being raised in the immediate area, as well as guinea pigs that many families grow for protein. Vegetable gardens, like the corn patch in the picture, are common. So what's the problem? Parasites are my guess. Clean drinking water and general hygiene are missing. Although there is plenty of food, intestinal parasites cause malnutrition and general poor health.

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The Local Watering Hole, Prague

Recently, while in Prague, Czech Republic, we would pass a local pub at least twice a day, as we came and went. Most of the time there was an interesting cast of characters lingering in the doorways. Too tempting for the photographer in me to pass up. Now, I won't bore you with all of them but will share a few. Ask anyone and they will boastfully tell you Czechs drink more beer per capita than anywhere else.

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Morning Worship Along the Ganges

A Hindu devotee performs his morning rituals on the banks of the Ganges River in the ancient city of Varanasi. This morning liturgy includes the cleansing of the body and mind with holy water from the Mother Ganges while reciting prayers and mantras. Hindus believe that adherence to a series of daily morning and evening rituals will curry them favor in life and will purify them for their quest for communion with God.

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