The here and now... and what and why
First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Here the ants are plentiful, but not a problem. Black and shiny, they occasionally visit, but leave if not fed and never bite. They are probably reading this and laughing as they eat the house starting at the foundation.
I vaguely remember some Buddhist saying, "All day long I sit and contemplate enlightenment while swatting mosquitoes."
In Oaxaca (and St. Thomas) they are too fast to swat. My friend William at La Casa de mis Recuerdos told me it was because of the warm climate. Their prey is faster so they have to be as well. At any rate, in New England they are fat and slow. Fortunately, I don't have many here so I can sit and contemplate without those kinds of distractions.
The figuras are by the Blas family in San Pedro Conejos. Their work is always exquisite and beautifully painted.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
living in El Norte and in Oaxaca and it ain't that easy to adjust. However, I am taking advantage of the time to regroup and work off all those tamales y rellenos from my abuelas in Etla. I am trying follow the words of Satchel Paige, "Don't look back. Something could be gaining on you." So I took a quick trip to the Caribbean. Of course Satchel also said, "Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching." and "Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly one's own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man."
Still, I need to get back to Oaxaca soon. I have too much to see, do and explore. And thanks to all of you who wrote in and said keep the photos coming. I have videos as well.
I have only one mantra these days. "Patience - paciencia." That and perseverance and perspicacity.
The images are from a little box made in San Martin Tilcajete. I am not sure of the artist.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The other is near Apoala in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca. It is classic construction for the area. I guess I like the remoteness. What would it be like to live there? No snow anyway.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
From today's Guardian
As the food crisis began to bite, the rumblings of discontent grew louder. Finally, after a day of discussing food shortages and soaring prices, the famished stomachs of the G8 leaders could bear it no longer.
The most powerful bellies in the world were last night compelled to stave off the great Hokkaido Hunger by fortifying themselves with an eight-course, 19-dish dinner prepared by 25 chefs. This multi-pronged attack was launched after earlier emergency lunch measures - four courses washed down with Château-Grillet 2005 - had failed to quell appetites enlarged by agonising over feeding the world's poor.
The G8 gathering had been seen as a "world food shortages summit" as leaders sought to combat spiralling prices of basic foodstuffs in the developed world, and starvation in the developing world.
But not since Marie Antoinette was supposed to have leaned from a Versailles palace window and suggested that the breadless peasants eat cake can leaders have demonstrated such insensitivity to daily hardship than at the luxury Windsor hotel on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
After discussing famine in Africa, the peckish politicians and five spouses took on four bite-sized amuse-bouche to tickle their palates. The price of staple foods may be soaring, but thankfully caviar and sea urchin are within the purchasing power of leaders and their taxpayers - the amuse-bouche featured corn stuffed with caviar, smoked salmon and sea urchin, hot onion tart and winter lily bulb.
Guests at the summit, which is costing £238m, were then able to pick items from a tray modelled on a fan and decorated with bamboo grasses, including diced fatty tuna fish, avocado and jellied soy sauce, and pickled conger eel with soy sauce.
Hairy crab Kegani bisque-style soup was another treat in a meal prepared by the Michelin-starred chef Katsuhiro Nakamura, the grand chef at Hotel Metropolitan Edmont in Tokyo, alongside salt-grilled bighand thornyhead (a small, red Pacific fish) with a vinegary water pepper sauce.
They have told their people to tighten their belts for lean times ahead, but you feared for presidential and prime ministerial girdles after the chance to tuck into further dishes including milk-fed lamb, roasted lamb with cepes, and black truffle with emulsion sauce. Finally there was a "fantasy" dessert, a special cheese selection accompanied by lavender honey and caramelised nuts, while coffee came with candied fruits and vegetables.
Leaders cleverly skated around global water shortages by choosing from five different wines and liqueurs.
Earlier, the heads of state had restricted themselves to a light lunch of asparagus and truffle soup, crab and supreme of chicken served with nuts and beetroot foam, followed by a cheese selection, peach compote, milk ice-cream and coffee with petits fours.
Fresh from instructing his population to waste less food, it can only be hoped that Gordon Brown polished off every single morsel on his plate.
Andrew Mitchell, the shadow secretary of state for international development, said: "The G8 have made a bad start to their summit, with excessive cost and lavish consumption. Surely it is not unreasonable for each leader to give a guarantee that they will stand by their solemn pledges of three years ago at Gleneagles to help the world's poor. All of us are watching, waiting and listening."