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c. 1911


Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.
I stopped pretending to myself
that I was anything other than what I was,
& began to direct all my energy to finishing
the only work that mattered to me.
Had I really succeeded at anything else,
I might never have found the determination
to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged.

I was set free,
because my greatest fear had been realized,
& I was still alive,
& I still had a daughter whom I adored,
& I had an old typewriter,
& a big idea.
And so rock bottom became
a solid foundation on which
I rebuilt my life.


– J. K. Rowling, Harvard commencement address, 2008


Чай, пиво c. 1900


Soda-lemon stand, Rishikesh


Lemon Soda, Kempty Falls, Mussoorie


Lemon Tree


The Crystal Ball, 1902


Tradiční česká růžová limonáda


Verrerie of Bréhat


Magic Kingdom


Magic Kingdom








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