Posts made in June, 2015


The climb up the tallest mountain in the world is no small feat, but even just getting to the base camp is a trek all in itself. But climbing Mount Everest is not the only way to enjoy its beauty. Travelers can trek to certain points and villages and needn’t go all the way to the Southern Base Camp to see Mount Everest. Many people will make the trek at least part way stopping at villages that offer a glimpse of Mount Everest....

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Has a most wonderful vacation or trip become nothing more than a blur in the weeks, months, and years that follow? Yes, we take pictures, and pictures are worth a thousand words as they say. Pictures do a great job of capturing a scene, but… Words capture emotion. We’ve been telling stories for thousands of years. The words we use can capture details and feelings in ways that other forms cannot. That’s why as a...

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There’s nothing like a paper that has a good age behind it. But old paper doesn’t necessarily mean number of years it’s been around, it also refers to the history. For example, here’s a sampling of paper that’s been around for a while, written on Lokta Paper circa 1887. Definitely an age to the paper, and it might be difficult today to find paper to use for writing that was made in the 1880’s. What...

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Many people are not familiar with Tibetan singing bowls also called Himalayan Singing bowls, and they’re missing out. The rich tone from a Tibetan singing bowl soothes and relaxes, not to mention it’s an enjoyable musical instrument to learn to play. You won’t be playing scales on it mind you. The Tibetan singing bowl gives a clear tone like a bell, but tapping the bowl with the mallet is just the first way to play a...

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Different cultures have used various forms and types of papers over the centuries, but what makes Lokta paper so different? Today’s mass produced computer printer and copy paper are processed from trees that are cut down and turned into wood pulp to create the paper. To create white paper, such as computer/printer paper the solution is bleached in a chemical process. See Wikipedia, Paper. Older, Traditional Papers Papyrus paper,...

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There are rustic leather journals, and then there are rustic leather journals. Many journals now a days lack what makes them truly rustic. They certainly look the part, and may even be distressed in all the right places with “rough cut” paper edges and natural blemishes in the leather. There are many beautiful journals out there, but looks aren’t the whole story. Let’s discover what makes a journal truly...

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