Neighborhood

She would stand at the window checking the cars parked on our block. She knew each neighbor’s wheels and she...

Dressed in All My Decades

I am dressed in all my decades. Rich brocades of experience make a no-edge rainbow bleeding colors into wide sky....

Tonantzin, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Queen of Mexico’s Feast Day, December 12. She has many names, the woman who appeared on the hill in Tepeyac...

For Departures and Arrivals

“You children of space, you restless in rest, you shall not be trapped nor tamed. Your house shall not be...

Andean Risings

As the sacred Andes rise up so the people now in Ecuador and Chile, Bolivia and Colombia, Brazil and Peru,...

A Purple-Crowned Fairy Told Me So

A Purple-Crowned Fairy Told Me So

Anyone who speaks this list aloud (Latin names not required) casts a bodacious Beauty Spell. Ecuadorian hummingbirds will fly out...

I Want to Take my Place

I want to take my place my small place, my human place, among the countless kinds of beings. I rise...

Estoraques and Granadilla

Estoraques (Es tor AH kays) is the name given to landscape  shaped by erosion into large brownstone pedestals and columns...

Podocarpus National Park

The 360,000 acres of Podocarpus Park in Ecuador are a brilliant display of numerous ecological life zones, which merge to...

Awe and Reverence

There are around 350 species of hummingbirds in the Americas (no where else!) but, incredibly, 150 species in the tiny...