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

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

What the heck is that?

I have had this plant for many years and it has never done this before. Can you recognize it? Here's a hint with a better shot of the leaves.
It's the fruit or seed pod of the night blooming cereus. Crazy, huh?
This has been a good year for the plant.  It has flowered several times and has more little buds on it right now.  Of course, I miss most of the blossoms, because... uh... it blooms at night.

Monday, June 15, 2020

The local Cheshire Cat

Life out in the country during this pandemic is even more quiet than normal.  I'm often alone on my afternoon constitutionals.  It's a time for reflection and meditation on the nature of many and sundry things.  Like what's the cat thinking... or selling. 
After all, it is a tienda, a store. No there's more going on there.  Maybe it has to do with what's right over it's shoulder. 
The ancient archaeological site of Atzompa, a part of an advanced Zapotec civilization the came and went.... not that history has a habit of repeating itself or anything.

Friday, June 12, 2020

That's one way to do it....

Each village or neighborhood seems to be adopting their own protocols for dealing with the virus.  Some have closed themselves off to visitors.  Some, like where I live, have checkpoints.  However, this was a first for me.  I wanted to go to one of my favorite viveros or nurseries in nearby San Lorenzo Cacaotepec and this is how they were handling it. 
I'm have no idea what they were spraying, but my car felt the love.  Incidentally, the vivero is quite serious about being safe.  Hand sanitizers and one had to wait in one's car until they opened the gate, greatly limiting the number of people inside.  Great plants, pots, potting soil, all at really reasonable prices.  I use a lot of their potting soil, which I mix with peat moss and worm castings.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Pre Carnaval Oaxaca 2020

It's hard to believe that this was just a few months ago.  The streets
filled with music, dance crowds of happy people, all living and loving
the best of Oaxaca.