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

Monday, August 17, 2015

What the world needs now is...

Well, you know the answer to that.
Here, it is the opening of the school year, which means something very different in Oaxaca. 
After putting numerous strangleholds on the city, state and country, it appears that Seccion XXII has lost its mojo.  The governor basically fired everyone in the educational power structure and replaced them.
So, of course, the teachers are protesting... tell me something new... and there are soldiers and cops everywhere, many of whom are helping prepare for the academic year by painting and cleaning....
Oh, there are those nice helicopters still here from the pre-quelaguetza action.  Let's hope that the children of Oaxaca finally get a full school year with no stoppages or strikes... now, that would truly be a miracle... surviving the war and the virus of hate.
yes, surviving the war.... As a former teacher, the situation here always blows my mind.  Both sides have legit grievances, from my limited perspective, but it has been almost forty years of conflict.  It is getting old.  There are other problems to face... like how is Mexico gonna pay for the wall the The Donald is going to build and then pass the costs on to the Mexicans?

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