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

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Brooms - escobas

Many brooms here are handmade. The ones that the street sweepers use to clean the plazas and streets are large and incredibly efficient. The workers not only sweep up debris, but use the brooms to create bursts of directed air that leave the surface almost dust free. I always watch and am amazed. I look good standing there with my mouth open watching street sweeping. Hey, I liked watching watching the machines in Boston, too. Must be my cleaning neurosis. These brooms do as good a job, if not better, than all the gas powered blowers one sees in the States and with no noise. As in all things, I am sure there is an art in making them. This man sitting in front of Santo Domingo had it down.


Noble said...

I have loved your posts this month, Chris. Very succinct and beautiful. Te deseo lo mejor para el año nuevo.

Christopher Stowens said...

Thanks, Noble One. I have been having a good time. Every now and then, it actually feels like I live here. I am psyched for the coming days, weeks, months and will try to keep it succinct (and beautiful) - as you know, not the easiest thing for me to do. Have a good or better new year yourself. You have to admit 2009 was a pretty good one for you.