Week 26 – Elena Gonzalez Ruiz

  Elena’s family and the weaving traditions of her village of Teotitlan de Valle were the subject of my very first post here on WordPress! Check it out here in my  post entitled  Inspiring C*O*L*O*R, published March 21st, 2012. Who:  Elena Gonzalez Ruiz What: Master rug weaver, business woman and educator Where: Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, MexicoContinue reading “Week 26 – Elena Gonzalez Ruiz”

Recipe: Squash Flower Quesadillas

  Have you ever had so much zucchini or summer squash you thought you would drown in the abundance? Well, if you have this problem, you just might be interested in this recipe. It was my go to dish when I eat in Oaxacan markets. Simply divine! South of the border in Mexico, squash flowerContinue reading “Recipe: Squash Flower Quesadillas”

Week 16: Frida Kahlo

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”      –Frida Kahlo A SKETCH IN MY MOLESKINE DAILY PLANNER OF SOMEONE WHO INSPIRES ME, ONCE A WEEK, EVERY WEEK, IN 2016. ******************************************* Who:    Frida Kahlo When:  Born July 6th,Continue reading “Week 16: Frida Kahlo”

On supporting local artists….

“If you hear a voice within say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. “ –Vincent Van Gogh I purchased this painting from an artist selling his painting on the street at an artist’s market in Oaxaca City, Mexico while I was there teaching ESL (English as aContinue reading “On supporting local artists….”

Week 10: Cactus Cathy

A sketch in my Moleskine daily planner of someone who inspires me, once a week, every week, in 2016.   Who:   Cathleen Howard What:   Human Rights Activist, laughing yogi, ESL teacher extraordinaire, and  one of the strongest ladies I know. Where:  Currently teacher ESL and volunteering in a migrant shelter in Mexico.  Why:    Continue reading “Week 10: Cactus Cathy”

Inspiring A*R*T: Mexico…again!

Out of Mexico comes some of the most colorful, whimsical, and gorgeous folk art.  I am just in love with it.  This piece is one I picked up while visiting Michoacan state, a state famous for being the final destination for the monarch butterfly after their miraculous migration spanning many miles. This piece portrays theContinue reading “Inspiring A*R*T: Mexico…again!”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Much like trusting the headlights of a car to illuminate our path as we drive at night, we must confidently move forward in life, trusting that the path will be illuminated for us. Our job is to simply keep moving forward. I came across this little gem in the Denver International airport a while back.Continue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination”

Starry Night Oaxacan Style

“If you hear a voice within say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ” –Vincent Van Gogh I purchased this painting from an artist selling his painting on the street at an artist’s market in Oaxaca Mexico. Vincent’s Van Gogh’s Starry Night has long been a favoriteContinue reading “Starry Night Oaxacan Style”

Vochol: Art on Wheels

While coming into the Denver International Airport recently, I came across this little gem.  Incredible!  This VW beetle, called “Vochol”, was created by 8 artists from the states of Jalisco and Nayarit in Mexico over an 8 month period.   In this traditional artform,  glass or plastic beads are pressed into wax to form intricate patterns signifigantContinue reading “Vochol: Art on Wheels”

Cool Mexico City Metro Project

Close your eyes.  No, really.  Image a place you would LOVE to be transported to magically.  What image comes to mind? Well, I crossed paths here with an Australian guy living and working in Mexico City doing a project that transported me straight into one of my favorite cities in the world! Mexico City, in all it’sContinue reading “Cool Mexico City Metro Project”