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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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, April 15, 2023

In plain sight....

Femicide, or the “intentional murder of women because they are women,” is one of the worst problems plaguing Mexico  In Oaxaca, the numbers are staggering.  There are protests, but the horrors continue.  I did not know what I was seeing when I shot this bit of street art, but when I finally recognized what it was conveying, it was chilling. 

So this happened...

Easily one of the scariest and most violent storms I've experienced in Oaxaca happened last evening.  First, came the howling winds which were so strong they toppled trees.  Then came very heavy rains blown by those winds.  Then came the hail, granizo.  It was deafening and I worried, because it was being blown sideways, that it would break the windows.  It didn't, but it actually took the paint off the facing walls, like they were sandblasted, as you can see in the photo.  And the poor plants and trees.... shredded, with tiny pieces fo leaves covering the ground. There was a similar storm on the other side of the city two days ago in Teotitlan and Tlacolula.  They had even more hail and serious flooding.  Strange to have such powerful storms two days in a row.

Friday, April 7, 2023

Palm Sunday - Domingo de Ramos 4/2/2023

Every year on Palm Sunday, Domingo de Ramos, the people of San Antonino Castillo Velasco in Oaxaca, Mexico cover a statue from the church with fruits, vegetables, flowers, bread and much more. Then it is carried on the backs of men of the village. There is a grand procession back to the church, Amazing to see the strain on the men's faces.