The 17th century poet John Donne knew how much people rely on people when he wrote, “No man is an island…therefore; never send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.” The sentiment and fact remain faithful. We need each other for safety, economic growth, advancement of science and art, and for our emotional and physical wellbeing.
My travels to the usual places and the rough edges of our planet confirm that, at our core, we are all the same. From Albany to Anchorage, children smile at a friendly face. In Chicago and in Cusco, a sunset stirs the soul. Poverty in the streets of Midland, Texas, smells the same as the streets of Moshe, Tanzania. A hungry baby in Kalamazoo cries as a hungry child in Katmandu. Laughter in Hartford, Connecticut, brightens the spirit the same way it does in Havana, Cuba.
I hope you will enjoy this collection of people and portraits from around the world. Our similarities are much greater than our differences.