Photo of the day: My birds

by Scott Walker

The people of the small village of LaRepresa in the Dominican Republic don’t have tons of possessions, but what they do have are possessions they love.

This older woman shows us her precious birds which she keeps in her small wooden house with a rusty metal roof. The birds are kept in a cage suspended from the rafters of his house. As you can see, this room is his kitchen / living room.

Electricity is scarce in most Dominican villages. The week I was at LaRepresa next to the town of Caobal – the electricity was cut off for about five days and the river where locals go to bathe, wash clothes and play is almost dry because the rain has made default in recent weeks.

Despite the lack of ‘stuff’, residents invite strangers into their homes and sometimes offer the only chairs they have for visitors to sit upright. They also work hard to be hospitable by serving visitors coffee made from freshly harvested coffee beans.

Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have it, you need to take care of it! There is great freedom in the simplicity of life. Those who have had enough but not too much are the happiest.“- Pilgrim of Peace

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