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

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

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pan y Flores - Bread and Flowers

Muertos is filled with so many wonderful traditions and half the fun is just getting there, like finding bread for the altars.  So today it was off to Villa Diaz Ordaz to see their feria de pan de muerto.
It is a tiny village just five kms. to the north of Tlacolula.  And there was bread,
And while the event was low-key, we could have been too early, the people were incredibly friendly and not only was there bread, but mole, chocolate and plenty of flowers for sale.
And as always, lots of little heart stealers.
Then it was off to nearby Mitla where the Sunday market was really happening.  Some of the most intricate and beautiful breads come from Mitla and they used to have a competition, but now, it was all about meeting the demand and the demand was crazy.
We saw people buying many large loaves, bags full, baskets full.  And flowers!  Marigolds and cockscomb or as they are known here cempasuchil and cresta de gall, terciopelo rojo.  Simply beautiful.
The tastes and colors of Muertos.

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