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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For additional photography please visit my flickr page.
You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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If you are coming to Oaxaca, please contact me for tours or advice.

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014

El Dia de La Soledad

This is a special day for Oaxaca as it is the city's patron saint's day. And no better place to visit to see how people celebrated the Virgin of the Soledad than at the huge church that bears her name.
Inside there was a long line of people waiting to get near her statue and to receive blessings under her resplendent form.
And you have to admit, that's resplendent.
She was also available in the plaza in from the church.
People came and went, each paying penance.
Behind the Virgin in the plaza, people reached up and rubbed their hands or the flowers they carried on her robe, which was draped like a canopy just so they could receive her blessing that way.  They then rubbed their heads or the heads of those with them with the newly blessed flowers.
A powerful and meaning experience for many.
The outer streets were filled food and flowers stalls... along with everything else under the sun.

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