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.
This time in San Sebastian Etla just down the road from San Agustin.

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

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter Solstice

It has been unusually cold and gray here the last few days. Everyone is talkin' about the weather, "Era tan frio anoche. It was so cold last night" I lit a fire in the fireplace to take the bite off.

However, on the solstice, the skies cleared and the light was amazing at the end of the day. Clear in that rare way that defines some of the best days of the year. I recall so many cold and snowy solstices and being thankful that the days would start getting longer. I feel the same way here. Ahhhh.

I ran over to Etla to get some fresh avocados and chiles and bought a couple of delicious empaƱadas from a lady sitting, selling them on the street corner. I was all set.

Then, because the light was so nice, I drove over to nearby Tres Reyes and shared the moment with this gentleman selling balls in the plaza. I like this shot because it has so much information. Etla's church right over that dead tree, the fluttering clothes, the clouds on the mountains. Life in Etla.Then I drove home by the huge police training academy and noticed that you could see my house from a long way away, mainly because, unlike most of the other houses, it has a second floor. It's that orange/tan house dead center. Most of it is hidden by cane or bamboo. This area has water. I am so blessed. That is why there is some green. Most areas are brown and very dry now. No rain until April or May.

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