Posts made in November, 2013

Kids Take to the Streets

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Kids Take to the Streets

One of the joys of living in Cotacachi is that life is celebrated constantly.  People easily engage in events which provide an opportunity to showcase something that  is celebrated or honored, or simply enjoyed, and they always do it with verve.  It is something that is infectiously happy.  While I have seen parades in the U.S. , and some have been quite spectacular, the parades here are perhaps less in size and in technical preparations, but truly grand in the feeling of joy, unity, and desire to share their enthusiasm with the community. The pictures are from a parade of school children celebrating their sports activities.  They ranged from first graders into young teens.  Young majorettes followed by flutists, chime players, and drummers led the parade into the main square of Cotacachi’s Parque Matriz. The children carried signs identifying their classes, and sometimes naming their teams, such as the Super Champions. Many had puppies in arms or on leashes.  I saw at least one golden retriever all dressed up; and, boy oh boy, the kids had no trouble hamming it up when they saw I was taking pictures.  Wish you could have been there with me!...

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Solar Halo

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Solar Halo

On November 3 there was a total solar eclipse.  While I did not see the eclipse from where I was located in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I did see something that made me say, “Wow!”  I was outside in the courtyard of the house I am living in, and happened to look up and see the sun was completely surrounded with a rainbow.  I looked up that this phenomenon appears when the sun is at a 22 degree angle from water droplets or ice crystals. It was an amazing sight, which I could only shoot a portion of it at a time, since I could not shoot directly into the sun. Rainbows are thought by some to be good omens, and eclipses have often been regarded as the opposite.  Do you pay any attention to what goes on in the sky? Why do you think people have done so for many ages? Are you aware that some of the most advanced civilizations have applied their knowledge of cosmobiology  to live  with an enlightened relationship with powerful cosmic forces? Using the movements of the sun, moon and planets and study of their influence on life on Earth is an ancient art and science that some dismiss; but others use to great...

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Day of the Dead Celebration

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Day of the Dead Celebration

Day of the Dead was celebrated here in Cotacachi as is practiced in much of Latin America. It is a day of remembering departed loved ones and celebrating their lives as well as the gift of life itself. Tradition here includes preparing special food and drink as well as visiting the cemetery to place flowers wreaths and notes of affection to those who have passed on.  Traditionally, Ecuadorians bake and decorate dolls called ‘guaguas de pan’ (babies of bread).  They also enjoy a hot spiced beverage called colada morada.  The drink is made from of berries (mostly mora, the blackberries which grow in abundance in this region), water, fruits, sugar and finely ground flour to thicken the mixture....

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Extraordinary, Ecuadorian, and Hand Made

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Extraordinary, Ecuadorian, and Hand Made

Ecuador is a country in which many people continue to do work that keeps ancient patterns and traditions alive.  Unlike much of the work done in  North America, many South Americans have not lost touch with their skilled manual laborers who produce beautiful items of many varieties.  The work shown in the featured  image is intricate and all produced by hand and memory by a man who lives in a neighboring community of Cuenca, Ecuador. Spiritual Teachers tell us that work of the hands is work that calms the mind and banishes anxiety.  Why would that be?  Hands that are occupied and engaged in producing art or craft are helping the mind relax and allowing the worker to create moment by moment. The artisan craftsman or craftswoman can enter into a very centered state of mind, similar to a state of meditation. The art of weaving on hand looms still survives in Ecuador, but it is a work that takes much time.  In the present day the emphasis on speed and efficiency over artistry run counter to the traditional work of many artisans alive today.  One can only wonder how long they will be able to keep their traditional ways and work alive; but, in the meantime we can still celebrate and enjoy this great work....

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