This from a few days ago when winter returned to Missoula. It’s such an easy place to love, and when winter kicks in it’s even more so. This was hard to leave after surviving several weeks of mediocre gray and lukewarm. But we pulled out and are now sitting 2800 miles away.
We are In a dimly lit room with windows open to grapefruit trees in a courtyard. I can hear the sound of dogs barking and Mexican dance music muted in the streets. The overhead fan clicks rhythmically to its own song. The kids dozed off after a day of stale air and sitting and the emotions involved in leaving their friends behind for a bit. Travel isn’t for everyone but for me it awakens something that day to day habits forget. As a family it offers a bond that links us together. And this trip is especially curious in that while Mexico is one of our closest neighbors it’s a land I know little about. It’s one of the most media-polarized and fictionalized countries in the US. And because of my academic past and continued curiosities I know more of the history, geology and cultural background of the Central Asian republics than I do Mexico... and that feels odd and slightly wrong to me. So I am eager for morning light, to wake up and sip coffee and see what awaits down these old stone streets. I am excited to see what the colors and smells and tastes of this place offer. So far we’ve been confronted with nothing short of extreme welcome. Viva Mexico!
Went on a pre bedtime adventure to find the music we could hear outside!! Turned out it was coming from the bar on our road.. 😞... But we kept adventuring and we found and huge band of children playing in the square. We had a dance, a chase around the fountain. Did some moon spotting and got mocked in Spanish by a clown... Good times!!
Honored and thrilled to announce I have a piece in an art show for the first time! @rochester_collage_society’s Unnatural Symmetry collage exhibition opens tonight @attheyards in Rochester, NY.
Check out my handmade collage PEACE FOR EARTH, along with work from 40+ artists from around the world. The exhibit is open Feb 22-24. More details at link in @rochester_collage_society’s bio.
Despite being a 6 hour drive from where I live (DC), Rochester and it’s inhabitants continue to inspire me daily. Thanks to @giantpandadub @chasetheart @mattobrianandthegreatblueheron @mixedmessagesclub @boombangblam @drzan @dellarious @a__gilmore @mrprvrt @markdeffphoto @mk_martinez @walltherapyny @restaurantfiorella @bblatt @voulasgreeksweets @jdas @smugtownmushrooms to name just a few.