The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

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.
Time passed.
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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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


From my limited perspective...

One of the vibes I pick up, as I visit the sites of ancient civilizations and talk to the remaining descendants, is a deep sense of humility. Paradoxically, it is fed by an intense sense of pride.

You can see it in people's eyes.

Here were these cultures, the pinnacles of their times, strong, fat and sassy, now distant memories and vestiges of their former selves.

They all had their butts kicked in one way or another, the Olmec, Aztecs, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, its a long list.

And losing it all, does a number on one's ego and standing in the world. It is not a bad thing to be knocked down, to not always win, to be forced to eat one's words and suffer for ones deeds, one's arrogance.

This country has such a short history, it has yet to really experience it or figure it out.

Its a hard lesson to learn, how to be humble and proud at the same time.

We have the pride and arrogance down, not so much the humility.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Chris - I've got to see some pics of your new kitchen! Just how much rehad have you done? Is the deck still there? And how aout where the tv was? Good luck and I hope it all gets done quickly. Susan