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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Nature, Spanish Culture and Language

Saving Wildlife in Guatemala

Our family saw a jungle animal hospital video on Public Television (PBS) and I can’t get it out of my mind. We watched the loving care the Arcas Animal Rescue Center staff veterinarians, employees and volunteers give the wildlife brought to their Peten location in Guatemala. Arcas rescues wildlife from the illegal pet trade. Founded […]

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Spanish Culture and Language

The South of America

The South of America In elementary school geography we memorize and sketch trade good maps of nations Guatemala is bananas Chile is copper Venezuela, petroleum We see the drawings and the landscapes not the population. Preparing our children to be robber barons with the math of imperialism cheap fruit + disposable growers = satisfied supermarket […]

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travel

Sidewalk Traffic

My dad is an old-fashioned kind of guy. He was taught to remain on the street-side of the sidewalk during a stroll to protect females from any stagecoach mud. Just kidding about the stagecoach. When we walk together, he often switches to the left or to the right of me as we turn corners to […]

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travel

Guatemalan Fabric

Two of my favorite travelers are in Guatemala this week. Their visit to the northernmost Spanish-speaking country in Central America reminded me of a poem I wrote on the plane home from my time in Antigua. Guatemala I flew into the unknown, to a volcanic land where an agrarian people weave cotton cloth in bright […]

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