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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You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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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, March 12, 2016

Viernes del Llano - Beauty abounds

Each Friday during Lent, a different school shows up in Llano park to strut their stuff and have one hell of a good time.  It is a long standing tradition and a real feel-good event... always.
Just imagine hundreds of kids cheering like crazy and making lots of noise as they cheered their friends on.
 Names spelled out in balloons?  Sure, why not?
This senorita, Litzy Guadalupe González Montes, was  eventual winner.  Blogger buddy Shannon has an in-depth look at her.
 But, no doubt, it was hard to choose.
 She was chosen most photogenic.
It is some sort of a competition with some nebulous criteria, but really it appears that everyone wins.
Each of the senoritas declaims, speaks about themselves, their school and friends.  It seems as if all oaxaqueños can give speeches and theses ladies were no exceptions.
The senoritas parade around the statue and are given lots of flowers and encouragement.
As the minutes pass the guys have to come out and help the girls carry the flowers... and they just keep on coming.
Viernes del Lanno is always such a fun time, one filled with joy, love, and encouragement.   I always feel happy after it.... but... after the ball, someone always has to clean up the mess.

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