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

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

It's an art.....

Sign painting.  I watched these street sign painters working yesterday and marveled at just how good they are at their jobs, their art.. 
Because one sees this kind of signage everywhere, you don't really think about what goes into it.  They make it look so easy.  So what did the finished product look like?  Here's what today brought. 
Yes, that's the same sign they were working on above.  And here's the one right next to it. 
Eye catching, aren't they?  As I say, one sees them everywhere. 
When the event passes they are just painted over and a new sign gets created on the spot.
It's an art, like so much else here in Oaxaca.  One has to keep one's eyes open to appreciate it and not take it all for granted.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Food, glorious food.....

This past weekend was the 4th Encuentro  de Cocineras Tradicionales de Oaxaca featuring many of the area's best cooks and their fabulous food. 
All of the offering were traditional dishes and because Oaxaca is so diverse, it is a big state, there was a wide variety of taste treats from which to choose.  Mole anyone?
Everything looked so good.  However, I've learned that one's eyes are always bigger than one's stomach.
The spit roasted pigs are always one of the most popular dishes with long lines to get some.
Iguana tamales were on the menu and quite affordable. 
As were many of the other dishes.  Higaditos are always a favorite.
I think this is a chile relleno, but whatever it is, I'm sure it was delicious. 
I have to say that going to such a wonderful food extravaganza where everyone is masked was hardly ideal and made things a bit difficult.  I mean, no one could see all the smiles behind all that wonderful food.  Still, it was great to be there and bask in the glory of the cuisine for which Oaxaca is so famous.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Domingo de Ramos - San Antonino Castillo Velasco, Oax 2022

It was so good to get out and return to San Antonino Castillo Velasco for Palm Sunday.