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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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

My photo
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lina Fernandez - Chiles en Nogada

Lina Fernandez is a poet, writer, herbalist, teacher and chef. She was an artist in the kitchen, always singing, talking and smiling while she cooked. Her restaurant, El Laurel had only ten tables and was in a cool courtyard off of Nicholas Bravo Sadly, it is no more. I remember sitting there, sharing the space with Toledo and Morales, two of Oaxaca's famous painters. I met photographers, poets, film makers, writers and other eclectics as we all came for Lina's delicious offerings.

Her chiles en nogada were famous and when word got out that she was making them, people literally flocked into the tiny space. The video is cut from a longer shoot in which I spent the entire day with Lina as she shopped, chopped and cooked. In the longer version, she talks to me, the camera, and says, "You are to blame for this, Chris. I wasn't going to make them this year, but you gave me a motive."

Little did I know that she was closing the restaurant the next month and this was the last time she made chiles en nogada for her many friends at El Laurel. As I re-watch the tape, I realize now that she was telling that it was over and there is a poignancy to her words. Like watching a movie the second or third time, the things one notices that were there all the time, but missed, caught up in the moment.

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