Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

We are asked to interpret “humanity” in a photograph for this week’s challenge. That can be an awfully deep and serious subject, and I am not in the mood for pondering things of a somber nature….for a change.

And so we are going to play “Spot the Americans” today:


In Taiwan, participating in a trust-building exercise. At least that’s what we think we’re doing. Beloved Husband suggests maybe we were just in the road for fun. Translation failed us that day.

How many cliches can I drag out about travel broadening horizons, and people being essentially more alike than different? There! I just managed to revive two of them! But it’s true, isn’t it? And maybe if we took the time to eat a meal together, work together, play together, we would find a common humanity. And peace would reign…..yeah, I know, get real, Barb.


Indulging the Taiwanese passion for non-stop picture taking! Smile and say 奶酪

About Silver in the Barn

Life in a 1915 farmhouse in Central Virginia. And the odd thought or two.
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49 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

  1. Mary Ellen Yost says:

    You have the best sense of humor that I know of!

    Miss you! M.E.


  2. Trusting truckers not to roll over you is a sign of great faith in humanity Barbara! And your selection for the “Humanity” prompt is absolutely perfect. We are all different but all the same.


  3. carolwallace says:

    Dang, you look great lying down in the road wearing a difficult shade of green! Is it the Ray-Bans?


    • Difficult shade of green is right!! Remember all those color specialists years ago who would hold up the little swatches to your face and frown disapprovingly at various shades? Pretty sure this green wasn’t in their “approved” shades for moi. And you just made me LAUGH OUT LOUD!


  4. dorothy says:

    I’m green with envy that you can carry off that shade and not only that but maybe you have that lucky rabbit’s foot that I’m in search of….lying in a road girl???? WHEW…..


  5. Jodi says:

    so cute (the post and YOU!) and thanks for the laugh!


  6. Parnassus says:

    Hi Barbara, I must not get out enough. I never encountered anything like this, but if I did, my first thought would be shen-jing-bing (神經病) rather than a trust-building exercise.

    My real guess is that one of those cheap electronic dictionaries mistranslated the term “road-bed.”


  7. joannesisco says:

    I love that shade of green and you look amazing!!
    The fact that you and your husband appear to be a head taller than everyone else, yes – you do stand out 🙂


    • Oh, Joanne, we ARE a head taller than everyone else. It’s very hard to remain inconspicuous in a crowd, that’s for sure. That’s why my Tiger Mother Mandarin instructor refuses to take a picture with me unless I’m sitting down! The green shirts? Well, they are in the closet and are dragged out for hikes occasionally. Somehow they are much brighter on this side of the world….

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  8. markbialczak says:

    Barbara, I do believe if we could all find matching shirts like these, many differences would be bridged with far more ease. Thank you for this calming post today, my friend. You and hubby lost nothing in your translation for a peaceful and happy day.


  9. Great photo! I bet it was great fun!



  10. Yes I have to say too, that shade of green works on you. If I wore it I would look very sickly indeed.

    Nice post! xo


  11. nrhatch says:

    Thanks for the chuckle, Barb. You have such a delightful sense of humor. Not to mention that you and your guy are SUPER TALL.


    • We are Amazon creatures! At least that’s how I feel in Taiwan. And the bitter irony is that these tiny, delicate little women can out-eat me at the dinner table….NOT KIDDING! It is one of the great injustices of life.


  12. bkpyett says:

    Basic philosophy terrific, but the photo of you all on the road did make me smile! Lovely photos of you though Barb!


  13. You have great hair and a thousand watt smile!


    • Now you know comments like that will endear you forever to me!! My hair, otherwise known as the thatch, caused great consternation in Taiwan the first time I arrived as a non-blonde after making the decision to go “silver.” Over there, the most ancient of people have jet-black hair….a very strange phenomenon indeed!


  14. The trust exercise was successful (I think) – noone was run over by a car 🙂


  15. So enjoyed this, Barbara. I’m thinking my bald head might tip me off as a foreigner. Thanks for ending my day (when I’m reading this) with a wide smile.


  16. mrsmrs says:

    This photo is not terribly like your gravatar, Barbara !!! – in fact, you appear to be two totally different people. Are you ? :-}


  17. You are a brave woman, Barbara. I can’t imagine ever voluntarily laying down in the street, but if it would mean world peace . . . .


  18. Sue Mayo says:

    That’s your color my dear!


  19. Phil Taylor says:

    I completely agree with you. Ignorance breeds contempt. If more people could travel and meet others from other countries I think everyone would be less likely to refer to each other as foreigners.


    • And to think of our way as the only way. Every time I leave the country I benefit from it in some gain to my perspective, but am always immensely relieved to come home to our big, beautiful, hot mess of a country.


  20. Mabel Kwong says:

    Two great shots for this week’s challenge, love them! You and your husband are very good sports for lying down on the ground, participating in the trust-building exercise with the locals. You are so right. We may all have our differences (which makes our world less boring) but we are all so similar too despite the culture we come from. All of us study, eat, work, play…our similarities are always right in front of us. We just have to stop and look at ourselves more closely 🙂


  21. We are more alike than different, Barbara. When the world realizes that, then maybe there will be more ‘human’ in humanity.

    By the way, I love that shade of green you’re wearing. I’m not sure why I’m so fond of it, but I do have some tops in that color.;-)


    • Ha! Judy, when I first moved down to Virginia, the native belles did not approve of my “drab” Yankee attire….black, brown, khaki, gray. One took it as a mission to brighten me up and that shade of green was what she wanted to see on me. I’m wondering if you might not have a bit of Southern heritage?


  22. reocochran says:

    I had to go back a few places to see my Barb before “I knew her!” You are beautiful in this lime green jacket and this post about humanity is wonderful. I am always proud to know you, Barb! You have taught me much!

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