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

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Buggin' out....

Yes, buggin' out because the covid bug is back with a vengeance in Oaxaca.  The numbers are not good and restrictions and closures are back.  All of which means, I'm sticking very close to home.  Luckily, I've learned to take advantage of all the resources within a km or two of the house.  On Fridays, there is a good outside tiangue, small market, where I can get everything I need to make it through the week.  There is always very nice produce.
And unlike in the city, where not everyone masks up (yes, tourists, I'm lookin' at you) you can see that everybody has them on here. 
Really, one can get almost everything here.
Tamales, quesillo, mezcal, laundry soap, furniture... you get the picture.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Emilia's Tamales

These are very special tamales made only at this time of year by good friend and great (the greatest) cook Doña Emilia Gonzalez Martinez. Mole amarillo, chicken and masa from homegrown red corn. The taste, the incredibly smooth texture of the masa, truly unique. Doña Emilia made over 200 for this year's celebration in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Jumping for joy...

So wonderful to be back in Teotitlan del Valle after so long due the pandemic.  It's been eighteen months since I have been with those I consider family. 
Finally, we're back with the danzantes and were greeted with smiles from La Malinche, Yaretzi Bazan Ruiz.  She's grown!  The dancers looked as tight as ever with great energy and crisp choreography. 
Back today for more.... and Emilia's tamales!!!