A Lone Passenger awaits the River Ship among the Sellers and Porters, Badong, Hubei, China: 1983

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Waiting on the 39th Step!

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Ian Stehbens on March 14, 2010

Ah Erik, it is the Brits that know best how to count the steps and to decipher which 39 steps so that they may keep their national secrets in tact!

The Chinese philosophers were quite adept at it as well.

But as for you and me, we may live perfectly in accord with your philosophy. Keep valuing the past and visioning the future.


Erik van den Ham on March 19, 2010

I will certainly try to do so Ian both worlds are equal interesting. It's no good to forget the past and live only for the future, some valuable lessons are to be learned from the past. It's no good to live only for the past for as the future is bright and full of new, exciting opportunities. Not all things were better when we where young!


Ian Stehbens on March 20, 2010

Not all things were better when we were young! Certainly. And not all things are better now that I am old!

Have a great weekend Erik.


Erik van den Ham on March 20, 2010

Amen, I rest my case.

Have a good weekend too


Changhong Chen on November 29, 2010

Nice shot!

Best regards from Beijing, China!

Please have a look at my contest if you have not!

Thanks ahead!

Ian Stehbens on December 1, 2010

Thank you Changhong Chen. My journey up the Changjiang/Yangtze was certainly memorable. It will always be valued and remembered as a privilege. Thanks for your visit and comment.


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