Wall of the Dead (for the Living)

Wall of the Dead (for the Living)

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“If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.” (Noam Chomsky)                                                                 Muro de Los Muertos by Efren Gonzalez is a giant ceramic mural made up of bas-relief plaques shaped as skulls, each inscribed with the name of…

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Afoot

Afoot

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Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, / Healthy, free, the world before me.   Walt Whitman The open road usually happens later in life for women than it does for Whitmanesque boys without responsibilities; I don’t mind, I relish the wisdom of experience bulging in my backpack. The road of my life now opens, and I am truly grateful to be afoot and light-hearted, healthy, free, the world before me. Its been six weeks since I began my…

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Smitten with Living

Smitten with Living

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Living large, my friends spread the wealth of their spirits throughout their dwelling. The pure white walls of their Andalusian home arrayed with art both elegant and primitive, flood color into the very air of the flow; fēng, Chinese for wind, in this casa with a mountain breeze, and shuî, Chinese for water in this abode open to the lake. In front of the studio, a mandarin tree hangs its oblates as richly as the traditional ornament balls suspended from…

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Why Be Light

Why Be Light

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Why Be Light about Living? Because, like the imprint of an egret winging over the lake, we, too, (made mostly of space between atoms), go on vanishing. I dedicate this poem to my beloved sister Ceilie who died fifteen years ago today.   On the Shore of Lake Chapala. A place to loaf to invite your heart to open; a place to float, to dream; balmy the air, languid the new neural connections; synapses, not jumped but swum, in ardent…

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New Year Intention

New Year Intention

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Some of the conclusions from the work of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas are listed as follows by Starhawk in her book EarthPath: 1)that early cultures were based on cooperation; 2)that in these peaceful cultures, women held the power; and 3)that war is not inevitable! We have been brainwashed into thinking that war is to be expected. Human imagining always precedes human achievement. Let us (once again) imagine that peace is possible. My New Year intention for all of us is that…

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Mary Oliver “Stained with Light”

Mary Oliver “Stained with Light”

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“…No one yet has made a list of places where the extraordinary may happen and where it may not. Still, there are indications. Among crowds, in drawing rooms, among easements and comforts and pleasures, it is seldom seen. It likes the out-of-doors. It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude. It is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker. It isn’t that it would disparage comforts, or the set routines of the world, but that its concern…

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Tepalo Waterfalls Hike

Tepalo Waterfalls Hike

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Today I hiked with the Ajijic Hiking Club for the second time. It’s the dry season in my photos, but here’s Jim Cook’s hike description with photos during the rainy season, a post that will take you in more detail up the very Tepalo Waterfall trail I did this morning. http://cookjmex.blogspot.mx/2009/09/ajijics-back-yard-tepalo-waterfall-hike.html (And Jim Cook’s Mexico Adventures blog is well worth using for Mexico research if you are interested in exploring travel options.)