Quote for Today: Gabriel García Márquez

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© Festval Internacional de Cine Guadalajara with CCLicense

If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014

Rest in peace, Gabo. If we could call you back for one more story we would.

 

Village of Life-Sized Dolls in Nagoro, Japan, via The Herald Sun

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Image © Toursgallery used in accordance with Fair Use Policy

When a village or a city dies, nature takes over. One woman in Japan is attempting to memorialize her village and slow that process. The remote town of Nagoro only has 51 living human inhabitants, but there are over 150 life-sized dolls that call the village home. Mizuki Ayona makes the dolls in the form of residents that have died or moved away. They wait at the bus stop and in front of houses, even at the local school. It’s an eerie scene. You can read about it here.