The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Palacio de Bellas Artes / Fine Arts Palace







Palacio de Bellas Artes (Spanish for Palace of Fine Arts) is the premier opera house of Mexico City. The building well known for both its Beaux Arts exterior in imported Italian Carrara white marble and its murals by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco.
The Palacio has two museums: the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Museo de la Arquitectura.
The theatre is used for classical music, opera and dance, notably the "Baile Folklórico". A distinctive feature of the theatre is its stained glass Tifany's curtain depicting a volcano and the valley of Mexico. It is the home of Mexico's National Symphony Orchestra, the Bellas Artes Orchestra, the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, the National Dance Company, and the Bellas Artes Opera.
Rivera's "Man at the Crossroads" mural was originally painted for the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Rivera had finished ⅔ of the mural when the Rockefellers objected to an image of Vladimir Lenin in the mural. When Rivera refused to remove Lenin, his commission was cancelled and the mural was destroyed. Rivera repainted it a smaller scale at the Palacio in 1934 and renamed it "Man, Controller of the Universe"

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.
G. K. Chesterton

Bonne Annee
Prosit Neujahr
Felice Anno Nuovo
Feliz Ano Novo
Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Happy New Year
Feliz Año Nuevo

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winter Scenes

The Dreams of the Bird Seller

Zocalo / Main Square

Waste collector at Historic Center

Main Square

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Fire Engine


Learning to be a Firemen.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Piñata Time



I guess everybody know what a Piñata is, if you don't:
A piñata is a brightly-colored papier-mâché covering either a clay container or cardboard shape. It may have originated in China. Marco Polo discovered the Chinese fashioning figures of cows, oxen or buffaloes, covered with colored paper and adorned with harnesses and trappings. Special colors traditionally greeted the New Year. When the mandarins knocked the figure hard with sticks of various colors, seeds spilled forth. After burning the remains, people gathered the ashes for good luck throughout the year.
Nowadays, piñatas have been adopted in many parts of the world and have become a more common sight at parties and celebrations, especially in Central America and the Southern United States, mostly due to the close influence from Mexican culture.
Piñatas have also been introduced to Europe over the last several decades, although at a much slower pace. India is one of few countries outside of the Americas to have adopted the Mexican tradition of the piñata for cultural celebrations. [Wiki]

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cloud Washers


Happy Weekend!
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Pixel Surgery


Made with Corel Painter Essentials 4.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Jose Luis Cuevas


Head by Jose Luis Cuevas (Mexican sculptor)
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

2 Views of Acapulco



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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lady of the Park


If you are at peace then you don't have to fight for peace.
The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment.
Conversation with Henry Miller

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Portrait in Yellow


Waiting for the green signal.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Orange Vendor


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Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Game


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Friday, December 11, 2009

Democracia en Mexico / Democracy in Mexico



500 años de Catolicismo
200 años de Independencia
100 años de la Revolucion Mexicana
Resultado: Politicos enriquecidos, pueblo empobrecido.


500 years of Catholicism
200 years of Independence from Spain
100 years of Mexican Revolution
Results: Wealthy politics.

Info:
May 22, 2006 Issue
Copyright © 2009 The American Conservative.
While the country’s poor flee, Mexico’s elite take care of themselves.
By George W. Grayson
Mexico City—A watchword of Mexican politics is “Show me a politician who is poor and I will show you a poor politician.” In accord with this adage, many Mexican officials enjoy generous salaries and lavish fringe benefits. Even as they live princely lifestyles, they and their fellow elites pay little in taxes and refuse to spend sufficient money on education and health care to create opportunities in Mexico—a country that abounds in oil, natural gas, gold, beaches, fish, water, historic treasures, museums, industrial centers, and hard-working people. Rather than mobilizing these bountiful resources to uplift the poor, Mexico’s privileged class noisily demands that Uncle Sam open his border wider for the nation’s “have nots.”

Mexico’s establishment also keeps quiet about the salaries and benefits that its members receive. Private-sector executives are especially secretive. Thanks to Forbes magazine, however, we know that Mexico leads Latin America with ten billionaires, including telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helú, the world’s third richest person with $30 billion. And an increasing amount of data is available on the earnings of public officials. The numbers show that Mexico’s governing class is enriching itself at the country’s expense, with exorbitant salaries and bountiful perks. Remember, these are “official” figures. Most politicians have ingenious ways of fattening their bank accounts.

The salaries of top Mexican government officials match or exceed those of comparable figures in Europe and much of the rest of the world. President Vicente Fox ($236,693), for example, makes more than the leaders of the U.K. ($211,434), France ($95,658), Canada ($75,582), and most other industrialized countries (POTUS earns $400,000).

The 500 members of Mexico’s notoriously irresponsible Chamber of Deputies, which is in session only a few months a year, each made $148,000 last year in salary and bonuses—roughly on a par with Italian and Canadian legislators and substantially more than their counterparts in Germany ($105,000), France ($78,000), and Spain ($32,311), where living costs are markedly higher. Other legislators in Latin America receive substantially less; for example, those in Bolivia earn $28,000 for a four-month session. Legislators in the Dominican Republic take home $68,500 for six months of service.

Even better work, if you can get it, is to be found in the judicial branch of the Mexican federal government. In 2005, the 11 justices on the National Supreme Court of Justice—equivalent to the U.S. Supreme Court—received $311,759, compared to $194,200 for their American counterparts. (The U.S. Chief Justice earns $202,900.)

State-level Mexican officials are amply rewarded as well. Salaries and bonuses place the average compensation of Mexican governors at $125,759, which exceeds by almost $10,000 the mean paychecks of U.S. state executives ($115,778). Narciso Agúndez Montaño runs Baja California Sur. Although his state has only 424,041 residents, he earns $277,777. This is $100,000 more than the salary of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who governs 36,132,147 Californians.

And so on…


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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ponzanelli


Photomanipulation of a sculpture of Gabriel Ponzanelli, from a exhibit at Jardin Borda [Borda's Garden] in Cuernavaca, a beautiful town near Mexico City. You can see another great sculptures of Ponzanelli
here.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Street Dance




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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Imagine

Dakota Building, NYC

Strawberry Fields Central Park, NYC

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Take Five


Reciprocal curiosity


Heroico - Helguera (La Jornada)
Pregunta: Quien vota por estas gentes?

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Sundown Messenger


Happy Sunday!

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sunday in Mexico City (No Cars)


In main street no cars, only organic wheels.
Ahh! A little bit more of oxygen.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Tree / Arbol de Navidad







Probably the world's tallest Christmas Tree (90 m = 295.275')

El próximo 5 de diciembre, la “Magia de la Navidad” llegará a la Ciudad de México y permanecerá por 36 días que ofrecerá a los visitantes atracciones como la ya tradicional pista de hielo en el Zócalo capitalino, el árbol de Navidad más grande del mundo y diversas actividades que se desarrollarán en puntos estratégicos del Distrito Federal.

De 10:00 de la mañana a 10:00 de la noche, los capitalinos y visitantes nacionales y extranjeros podrán disfrutar –además de las actividades que se hospedan en Plaza de la Constitución–, de nueve kilómetros de diversión que iniciarán en la calle Lieja sobre Paseo de la Reforma, para llegar por Avenida Hidalgo hasta la Alameda Central, el Centro Histórico y el Zócalo de la Ciudad.

Este año, la ceremonia de encendido del Árbol de Navidad marcará el inicio de las festividades navideñas en el Distrito Federal. Se trata de un árbol navideño ubicado a un costado de la Glorieta de la Palma que buscará romper el récord Guinness como “el más grande del mundo”, título que actualmente ostenta Brasil.

Con más de 90 metros de altura y 35 metros de diámetro, el Árbol de Navidad Más Grande del Mundo será decorado con más de 72 kilómetros de series de micro lámparas, 80 mil metros de cables eléctricos y 600 luces estroboscópicas. El montaje del mismo generó 200 empleos temporales para trabajadores mexicanos que se encargaron de colocar los cables eléctricos y 600 empleos más de forma indirecta.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Going Nowhere


Peripheral expressway.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bosque de Alisos / Alder Forest Street


PhoneCam
Bosque de Alisos / Alder Forest St in West Side of the city

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 2009 Theme Day: Waiting


What Are We Waiting For?

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Wave




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Friday, November 27, 2009

Street children


Street children is a term used to refer to children who live on the streets of a city. They are basically deprived of family care and protection. Most children on the streets are between the ages of about 5 and 17 years old, and their population between different cities is varied.

Street children live in abandoned buildings, cardboard boxes, parks or on the street itself. A great deal has been written defining street children, but the primary difficulty is that there are no precise categories, but rather a continuum, ranging from children who spend some time in the streets and sleep in a house with ill-prepared adults, to those who live entirely in the streets and have no adult supervision or care.

A widely accepted set of definitions, commonly attributed to UNICEF, divides street children into two main categories:

1. Children on the street are those engaged in some kind of economic activity ranging from begging to vending. Most go home at the end of the day and contribute their earnings to their family. They may be attending school and retain a sense of belonging to a family. Because of the economic fragility of the family, these children may eventually opt for a permanent life on the streets.
2. Children of the street actually live on the street (or outside of a normal family environment). Family ties may exist but are tenuous and are maintained only casually or occasionally.

Street children exist in many major cities, especially in developing countries, and may be subject to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or even in extreme cases murder by "cleanup squads" hired by local businesses or police.

In Latin America, a common cause is abandonment by poor families unable to feed all their children. In Africa, an increasingly common cause is AIDS. [Wiki]

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Capilla Abierta / Open Chapel

Catedral de Cuernavaca / Cuernavaca Cathedral

16th century

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Women's activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981. On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The UN invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on this day as an international observance. Women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence, and the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.

This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). After the assasination of these 3 women, a revolution started from the village which then made Rafeal Trujillo turn over his power and resign by giving it to his brother.

(Sorry, only in Spanish)
Carta a un maltratador

Para ti, cabrón: Porque lo eres, porque la has humillado, porque la has menospreciado, porque la has golpeado, abofeteado, escupido, insultado… porque la has maltratado. ¿Por qué la maltratas? Dices que es su culpa, ¿verdad? Que es ella la que te saca de tus casillas, siempre contradiciendo y exigiendo dinero para cosas innecesarias o que detestas: detergente, bayetas, verduras… Es entonces, en medio de una discusión cuando tú, con tu 'método de disciplina' intentas educarla, para que aprenda. Encima lloriquea, si además vive de tu sueldo y tiene tanta suerte contigo, un hombre de ideas claras, respetable. ¿De qué se queja?

Te lo diré: Se queja porque no vive, porque vive, pero muerta. Haces que se sienta fea, bruta, inferior, torpe… La acobardas, la empujas, le das patadas…, patadas que yo también sufría.

Hasta aquel último día. Eran las once de la mañana y mamá estaba sentada en el sofá, la mirada dispersa, la cara pálida, con ojeras. No había dormido en toda la noche, como otras muchas, por miedo a que llegaras, por pánico a que aparecieses y te apeteciera follarla (hacer el amor dirías) o darle una paliza con la que solías esconder la impotencia de tu borrachera. Ella seguía guapa a pesar de todo y yo me había quedado tranquilo y confortable con mis piernecitas dobladas. Ya había hecho la casa, fregado el suelo y planchado tu ropa. De repente, suena la cerradura, su mirada se dirige hacia la puerta y apareces tú: la camisa por fuera, sin corbata y ebrio. Como tantas veces. Mamá temblaba. Yo también. Ocurría casi cada día, pero no nos acostumbrábamos. En ocasiones ella se había preguntado: ¿y si hoy se le va la mano y me mata? La pobre creía que tenía que aguantar, en el fondo pensaba en parte era culpa suya, que tú eras bueno, le dabas un hogar y una vida y en cambio ella no conseguía hacer siempre bien lo que tú querías. Yo intentaba que ella viera cómo eres en realidad. Se lo explicaba porque quería huir de allí, irnos los dos…Mas, desafortunadamente, no conseguí hacerme entender.

Te acercaste y sudabas, todavía tenías ganas de fiesta. Mamá dijo que no era el momento ni la situación, suplicó que te acostases, estarías cansado. Pero tu realidad era otra. Crees que siempre puedes hacer lo que quieres. La forzaste, le agarraste las muñecas, la empujaste y la empotraste contra la pared. Como siempre, al final ella terminaba cediendo. Yo, a mi manera gritaba, decía: mamá no, no lo permitas. De repente me oyó. ¡Esta vez sí que no!–dijo para adentro-, sujetó tus manos, te propinó un buen codazo y logró escapar. Recuerdo cómo cambió tu cara en ese momento. Sorprendido, confuso, claro, porque ella jamás se había negado a nada.

Me puse contento antes de tiempo.

Porque tú no lo ibas a consentir. Era necesario el castigo para educarla. Cuando una mujer hace algo mal hay que enseñarla. Y lo que funciona mejor es la fuerza: puñetazo por la boca y patada por la barriga una y otra vez…

Y sucedió.

Mamá empezó a sangrar. Con cada golpe, yo tropezaba contra sus paredes. Agarraba su útero con mis manitas tan pequeñas todavía porque quería vivir. Salía la sangre y yo me debilitaba. Me dolía todo y me dolía también el cuerpo de mamá. Creo que sufrí alguna rotura mientras ella caía desmayada en un charco de sangre.

Por ti nunca llegué a nacer. Nunca pude pronunciar la palabra mamá. Maltrataste a mi madre y me asesinaste a mí.

Y ahora me dirijo a tí. Esta carta es para tí, cabrón: por ella, por la que debió ser mi madre y nunca tuvo un hijo. También por mí que sólo fui un feto a quien negaste el derecho a la vida.

Pero en el fondo, ¿sabes?, algo me alegra. Mamá se fue. Muy triste, pero serenamente, sin violencia, te denunció y dejó que la justicia decidiera tu destino. Y otra cosa: nunca tuve que llevar tu nombre ni llamarte papá. Ni saber que otros hijos felices de padres humanos señalaban al mío porque en el barrio todos sabían que tú eres un maltratador. Y como todos ellos, un hombre débil. Una alimaña. Un cabrón.


Escrita por Fernando Orden Rueda 2º de Bachillerato, de Ciencias de la Salud. IES Bioclimático, de Badajoz. II Premio del II Concurso Nacional 'Carta a un maltratador', convocado por la Asociación 'Juntos contra la violencia doméstica'

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Local cartoon

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wind Dancer


Ver.2

Night; and once again,
the while I wait for you, cold wind
turns into rain.
Shiki, Masaoka. (1867-1902).

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