Returning on the Vernal Equinox

Returning on the Vernal Equinox

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It’s always startling after meditation, to open my eyes. But this time, this time there are horses! Two of them, chasing in the shallows of the lake. Horses! Did you descend with wings, now folded and invisible, before I opened my eyes? Are you horse gods deigning a visit to the human shore? You are free of tether and tender. Swimming now, big bodies gone weightless, your heads burnished jewels set in water, flanks now vanished. Pegasus sisters, rich in…

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Irish Blessing

Irish Blessing

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A Gaelic blessing as taught me by Rita Quinn Conway, sainted mother of my friend Patsy. Slainte go saol agat, Bean ar do mhian agat. Talamh gan chíos agat! Health all your life, A woman to your liking, Land without rent, And more of  it! (rough phonetics to pronounce the Gaelic: Slancha ga sheil agat, Ban ir da vian agat, Toluv gan kis agat, Mahuncha Ma! Thank you, Rita Quin. On a day of celebrating my own quarter Irish ancestry,…

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Welcome, Mexico’s Attitude toward Immigrants

Welcome, Mexico’s Attitude toward Immigrants

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My friend Nicky writes me, “My hope for you is that the Mexican people you are in contact with, are above the kind of backlash towards Americans that is bound to happen as a result of these horrific policies.” To reassure Nicky, and other friends and family, that the country I am calling home is choosing to be above the backlash, I would like to quote the state of Jalisco’s Governor, responding to Trump’s tweet about the wall. The Governor…

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Butterflies Pulsing

Butterflies Pulsing

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The sway of the horse rocks me along while we climb the mountain Pelón. His hooves on the dusty path lull away my daily life, emptying me for the miracle. We ascend without speech, bandanas pulled over our noses. Increasing with the elevation, our horses’ rhythmic panting adds a kind of singing. Parting the air in another way is the Monarch sailing overhead, the first of the beings we came to see. As up, up the mountain we climb, twisting…

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The Thread Art of Ajijic

The Thread Art of Ajijic

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An Ajijic artist, Maria Lupita Vega Velásquez, has perfected a technique for handstitched thread painting. Known also as needle painting, painting with thread produces works of art on fabric. Almost all of what is online about thread art refers to creating with a sewing machine. Vega Velásquez, however, and her current local thread artist apprentices, are creating their art imagery through thread painting by hand. Combining long and short stitches in dense hand stitching, using a palette of thread colors in…

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Astonishing Pertinence

Astonishing Pertinence

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In 1953 Rachel Carson wrote this letter letter to the editor of the Washington Post, which was picked up by the wire of the Associated Press, syndicated widely across the country, and reprinted in Reader’s Digest — the era’s equivalent of going wildly viral: “The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately…

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