1. what a strikingly beautiful photo, both in forms and in color. the reds are so rich. and the solidity of the candles and how they have dripped is powerful.

  2. Dear Robert You know I do not normally respond to your pictures, but the caption captivated me. Xi’an was a city that blew us away when we visited the region 34 years ago. Xi’an where the early dynasties thrived, and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek tried to run away in his pajamas! and the Qin emperor made thousands of beautiful terra cotta statues of each of his six feet tall soldiers, along with armaments, hundreds of horses and chariots — not even mentioning the rest of the funeral city…My theory (hope) is that when they open the main tomb, the library may contain the reasons of why and how acupuncture works and a myriad of other lost pieces of ancient knowledge — especially books from Confusius’ time. Patti and I saw the ruins and first unearthed warriors just five years after they were first discovered. China was emerging out of the incredible isolation and ignorance of the Cultural Revolution. It needed student volunteers and archeologists from other countries to do the digging….We had a significant contingent of Cal archeology students working on the site. Now, the excavation must be stupendous and totally Chinese staffed. What a wonderful trip you are having. Robert, did you know that during the Chou (Zhou) Dynasty which was based in Xi’an — in The Book of Li (Rules of Society — allowed for workers to strike under certain circumstances? That was roughly 2,500 years before the Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act granting the right to strike in America.

    David (aka Jelly Roll Justice)

    Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:26:25 +0000 To: daverbuck@hotmail.com

    1. Wow. Thanks for the wonderful information!

      And, thanks for giving me the idea to revisit the city (in pictures) over the next week.

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