Gardening, Nature, photography

Who’s the Ant, Who the Flower?

I see the world through a social lens, especially right now. Does this photo represent symbiosis, mutualism or parasitism? Would the flower open on its own? Scientists say that despite common wisdom the bud does not need the insect to bloom. The ants use the nectar at the base of the bud for food. In […]

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history, photography, Spanish Culture and Language

Alhambra Mind Palace

A nod to the BBC Sherlock series, modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes, in this discussion of a mind palace; a place in our heads dedicated to thought. Such a place functions as a retreat, a refuge, a sanctuary of the cognitive kind. I’d like my conceptual safe haven to look like the Alhambra Palace of […]

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photography, Spanish Culture and Language

Knock on the Door Three Times

I’ve told photographer Flavia Vinci I had a door series to show her. I’ve scanned them in! These are from when I studied Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala several weeks one summer. The wooden doors struck me as special. They are similar to doors in Spain, but have unique embellishments. I took many rolls of film. […]

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Afro-Latinos, Spanish Culture and Language, The Americas

Celebrating Freedom

Special Friday Edition: Let’s celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States! How about we look at the timeline of freedom in this hemisphere. We’ll check the history of our neighbors in the Americas. The Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of Central and South America departed from our model of the […]

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Immigration

Happy Japanese Immigration to Brazil Day!

The first Japanese immigrants arrived near Sao Paulo, Brazil, 112 years ago. June 18th, 1908, they disembarked from the ship named Kasato Maru in the town of Santos. 781 men came to work on the coffee plantations. That was the beginning of the wave of 200,000 migrants who made their way to Brazil by the […]

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