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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Día de la Samaritana

Oaxaca is a perfect to practice compassion and generosity on a daily basis, but today is extra special.

We're not in Kansas anymore.....

Nor in El Norte, where the color schemes of Boston are somewhat more muted that those here in Oaxaca.  It feels good to be back.....
This beauty is in San Martin Tilcajete.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Getting serious about soy sauce...

I love going to the Great Wall Supermarket in Chinatown to stock up on supplies I can't get in Oaxaca.... like soy sauce.  Quite a selection....
I get the aged soy sauce.  It is absolutely delicious. 
And at a ridiculously low price - $3.99 for a one liter bottle. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Only in Etla...

I am in El Norte, waiting for a blizzard to arrive, dreaming of Doña Melisa's delicious tamales.... in this case, rajas... along with real avocados (impossible to find here) and fresh tomatoes.
Unfortunately, they are only available in Etla at the market on Wednesdays.

Fortunately, she will be there when I get back... after the blizzard.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Like I need this!

I had to head north to see if my previously frozen pipes and all the damage they had caused had been repaired.  The work is done and looks great, but... I don't need this.  (Temps in F. not C.)

Meanwhile in Oaxaca, maybe the rains will come while I am gone... Ojala!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Atzompa - All Downhill from Here

The archaeological site of Atzompa sits high above the city of Oaxaca and is one of my favorite places to visit.  The road up from the village is quite steep, but once you reach the top, the views are spectacular and you can coast all the way down...... wheeeee...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lights out

Honoring International Women's Day

Friday, March 3, 2017

Race to the bottom...

C'mon... Our guy can do better than this.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s job approval rating fell to 17 percent last quarter, the lowest of his mandate, in reaction to the hike in fuel prices ordered by his government in January and despite his call for unity in the face of the threat posed by US President Donald Trump and his policy proposals.

Peña Nieto “is at the lowest levels” of popularity since measurements of that kind were begun due to the public’s “accumulated anger” aggravated by the gasoline price hike, Roy Campos, the president of Grupo Mitofsky, the consulting firm that conducted the latest survey on the matter, told EFE.

A quarterly survey by Mitofsky released on Tuesday revealed that the president has an approval rating of just 17 percent and a disapproval rating of 77 percent, the lowest popularity level of his 2012-2018 term so far.

The decline over the past two years in popularity for Peña Nieto, who had an approval rating of 42 percent in November 2013, according to the Mexican daily El Universal, can be explained by the decisions he has taken in office, including supporting gay marriage, Campos said.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Carnaval in San Martin Tilcajete

Famous for its many woodcarvers, yesterday San Martin Tilcajete was the place to be for carnaval and people from all over descended on the village to celebrate.  This village has been, for many years, one of Mexico's most famous for its figuras or alebrijes.  I admit to being hopelessly addicted to collecting them for many years.   For carnaval there is always a wedding, with two lucky young men as bride and groom.
There are all sorts of looks and costumes.
Always fun to do double takes as a beautiful woman walks by and then you see it's one of the guys.
This celebration has become very popular in the last few years.  There were people from all over and lots joined in the festivities.  This man was from Australia and he was getting the full treatment from good friend, Jesus Sosa Calvo, coming from one of the best and most highly acclaimed carving families including wife, Juana, sister, Francisca and son, Apolinar.
The finished look.
A pensive shot...
Wonderful design on the skin...
Woodcarving, for which  San Martin Tilcajete is world famous.
It is also famous for its masks.
And here is one of the classic looks, oiled and looking fine.
A silver celebrant, another classic village look.