Posts made in July, 2013

Let’s Face It

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Blog | 8 comments

Let’s Face It

I like to connect a face with a name and that is why I am working on my website today.  I needed to update the image you see when you visit this site. A great friend and photographer in Asheville, NC did some marvelous portrait work for me last year.  Julie McMillan owner of Silver Birch Studio worked long and hard to deliver a terrific series of portraits for me, and even took the time to create an entire series of fast forward shots in which she painstakingly adjusted my hair color for future use since she knew I was planning to let my hair grow out naturally. Well, nature had its way, and neither of us guessed it would grow out as white as it has at the temples.  My appearance  has changed quite a bit since my friend Julie did that photo session, so I have changed the photo I was using with an updated image taken 2 days ago.  Many thanks to Bill Schuler for his time and care to provide me with some of the photos you will see on this site. Only one small problem, as of this writing I now have two heads showing on the home page — one is the portrait I intended but the other is a partial image that got there ‘by accident’.  Well, not really, because computers only do what you tell them to do, even when you are not aware of what you did to deliver the undesired result.  I’m sure I will figure it out eventually, but for now I will laugh and say that two heads are better than one!  When collaborating and working as a team, two heads can be better than one, but I don’t think two of my heads is necessary.  Yes, I’ve got to face it, web mastery is not my strength, but today having two heads gives me a chuckle and it just might make you smile,...

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Artisan Fashions in Cotacachi

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Artisan Fashions in Cotacachi

While Cotacachi’s Parque La Matriz is the main square and location of the municipal government building and main cathedral, there is another charming square where artisans set up and operate a lively craft market. Their wares and hand work are spread out on tables under a series of canvas canopies carefully set up in the morning and broken down every night on the corner of Vicente Roquefuerte and Diez de Agosto  (aka Leather Street). Shoppers will find an engaging array of fine hand crafted work including purses, wallets, belts ponchos, shawls, musical instruments and more.  The purses pictured here on a park bench are just an example of what can be found to add a bit of Andean flair to your wardrobe or to give as...

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Are You Having Fun Yet?

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Are You Having Fun Yet?

Fun is a state of mind.  If you are not having fun it may be that you are stuck in your mind so much that your heart isn’t getting a chance to feel happy.  The toy vendor image is a picture of pure fun to me. When have you ever seen such a conglomeration of things designed to delight anyone?  Yes, these are toys, and normally one thinks of toys as being for children; but whatever helps you release too much mental activity and lets the spirit break free and enjoy the moment is good for anyone. Why not find some fun and lighten up your heart and your day.

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Celebrating Inti Raymi

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Celebrating Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi is an annual summer solstice celebration which is observed in many parts of Latin America.  Ceremonies differ somewhat depending on which culture is celebrating and what customs they follow.  Despite the variations Inti Raymi is a celebration and honoring of the power of the Sun, and its life giving energy, on which we all depend. The image featured here shows dancers at the Inti Raymi Celebration held at Cochasqui Pyramids about a 90 minute drive from Cotacachi.  The dancers call upon the spirit of Pachamama, or Mother Earth, and they honor her with their art.  They danced within a large circle defined by rose petals and an abundant offering of fruits, beans, corn and other foods.   The ritual offering was later blessed by a shaman and a great feast followed the ceremony. To be present on that beautiful day and to experience the ceremonies as carried out on that ancient site was very moving.  The  site of those ancient pyramids which have stood since 500 AD  holds many mysteries even today.  They are unlike typical pyramids in that they are all flat on top instead of rising to a single point, and they are unique in their scorpion like silhouettes as observed from the air.  ...

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