Archive for August, 2010

A new place

F and I have begun looking for a new place. Our lease is up in October. And even though I like living next to the mountains, above the Panoramica, it’s a long walk to everything and F doesn’t like the wind at nights.

Cerrada de San Sebastían is currently my favorite street in Guanajuato. This temple brings Cerrada de San Sebastían to a close. I would miss Huele de Noche and admiring the moon rise up from behind the mountains every night. But I would love looking at the textures on this wall everyday and I’m sure the moon would look just as majestic framed another way.

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New and beautiful

I had a wonderful day at Buen Pastor today.  In the morning, I gave massage. Madre Angelita amplified her story, which I hope to share soon. In the afternoon, I went over to the internado to see the girls. My new post there has become “rope turner” as the girls play jump rope.  I love doing this with them as I remember how much I used to love it when my mom turned the rope for jump-rope competitions.  Today’s win was 190 jumps.  The girls like me to count in English so they can learn. They’ve definitely got 1 through 10 down!

After playing, I began interviewing the new girls and taking their photos.  I’ve found this is, by far, the best way to remember their names. With each interview and each stare into the camera, I grow closer to these girls.  I’m very much looking forward to this year, and to this great set of 31 girls.

Today, I added nine girls to the Buen Pastor website.  I have nine more left to go and hope to add them next Thursday. Sure feels like a full house! Since the mystery volunteers painted all the walls (they look great!), I don’t have a white wall for a mug shot. So I used this wonderfully texturized red wall. I have to say, the red wall looks better for the bigger shots, while the white works better for the small polaroids I use on the website.

Here are five of the new girls.

December 26, 2000
Greatest wish: To be the first in her family to finish high school.

October 29, 2002
As president, Evelyn would create anger management classes for children.

March 5, 1998
Fatima’s greatest wish is to see her two brothers. They went to Arizona a long time ago and work in a restaurant there. They almost left for California recently due to the anti-Mexican sentiment. But since they don’t look for work in parking lots, and their skin is lighter than most, they opted to stay in AZ.

November 23, 1999
Fracisca spends her time skating, jump roping, and hanging from the monkey bars. She has never thought of what she wants to be when she grows up. Her deepest wish is to be at the beach.

February 13, 2000
The first thing Sarita would do as President, would be to construct hospitals where patients would be given the opportunity to create art.

Aren’t these girls awesome?

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Almost September

It’s that time of year again when everyone gets back to business. School started on Monday, bringing 31 girls and their backpacks & uniforms to Buen Pastor, back from summer vacation with their families. There are many new faces and I’ll be meeting them today.

I’ve noticed the wind is a little colder, and the days are not as warm. I’ve started packing a sweater when I go out in the evenings. The sun has gone into Virgo, which of all the signs, is most industrious, hard-working, and practical. Possibly the best part of this time of year is the Huele de Noche, or Night Blooming Jasmine. As I head home towards the mountains, where the moon rises up from, my night path is filled with the fragrance of jasmine.

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A day with the madres

I had a wonderful day with the Madres yesterday. I spent a full day chueffering them around in Leon with Glennon as co-pilot. Our first stop was to find the temple where mass was to be held at 1pm.  We got lost in Leon and spent nearly an hour circling around the church and asking people for its location.  Finally, we arrived at 12:55.

After mass, I drove the madres to another Buen Pastor in Leon to celebrate Madre Aurora’s 50 years of service. Madre Aurora built a school on the grounds that serves pre-schoolers, elementary and middle schoolers. She’s dedicated her life to women, children, and education and has been awarded numerous awards for her service. We had chicken mole and tacos before everyone met in the chapel to honor her.

Then it was off to Home Depot where the madres bought soil and gardening things.

Last stop: the Expo Guanajuato Bicentenario.  I thought the madres would be tired by now, but they wanted to pack everything in before the girls come back to the internado (that’s today). Madre Julieta opted to stay in the van and pray.  But the rest of them were eager to explore the exhibitions and anything else that looked interesting.  We walked and wheeled around, taking in the sights. I admired this statue of the Angel of Independence, as did many others. We viewed an installation on the Legends of Guanajuato, hearing about the tragic Carcamanas Brothers and the massacre at Alhóndiga during Mexico’s War of Independence.

Pretty soon, it was time to go. As I drove back to Guanajuato, I thought of all the history there, centuries of it. A lot of it bloody and much of it core to revolution, freedom and independence. I’m looking forward to El Grito on September 16, Independence Day in Mexico… 200 years of it.  Since it falls on a Thursday this year, I’ll be spending it with the women, girls, and madres at Buen Pastor.

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Music pairings

On a Sunday afternoon not too long ago, I admired and photographed this abandoned car.  And tonight, I listened to Johnny Cash, this same song, for nearly an hour, over and over, like I used to do back in Eugene.  It’s hard to listen to a Johnny Cash song just once for me. As I soaked in the song, I played with variations of this image in Rollip. I thought sepia matched the feeling of I See a Darkness the best, but I also liked this one. If you like, you can click on the image above to see the original.  You can also spend a lot of time experimenting in Rollip.

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Curious goat

Yesterday as Glennon and I hiked to the cross, we saw a herd of goats making their rounds on Camino a La Aparacida. Most of the goats didn’t want to have anything to do with us, but this one was curious.

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