Grutas de Garcia – the caves

Only 36 km from the city of Monterrey, on the road that connects with the town of Garcia, is a place where the mystery of nature reveals a striking scene. These are the Caves of Garcia, an imposing mineral artwork  that exists thanks to the miracle of thousands of years of creation. To reach the…

My imagination takes a tumble.

When I was a little kid, we had this set of children’s encyclopedias, Arthur Mees. Encyclopedias. They were great big books for small hands,  red leather volumes  filled with everything from fairy tales to songs to the instructions on body parts.  My favorite volume was “Things to Make and Things to Do.”  It had wonderful illustrations on…

March 26th, 2014

Buttercup yellow, turquoise seats, a red floor, a green and blue roof and my heart just about bursts with expectation as we step onto our floating barge and join a throng of other people  doing the same thing.It was  my day off and with friends I’m visiting  Xochimilco (pronounced, sochi-milko – in Aztec meaning ‘place…

Teach the children to quilt.

Artists in the modern world: be gift givers. Once you shift your thinking from “transaction” to “gift”, it opens up a new way of engaging with your peers and customers.  I saw this quote today. We have a lot to learn about giving. Sunrise Elementary School students from Chaparral stitch wall hangings from…

March 19th, 2014

There is the clatter of knives and forks. I’m privy to a subdued conversation where the words are rolling like a stray chord and there is just a snatch of a single word.A crash of crockery and the sounds stop and hang in silence waiting for the affirmation of a positive outcome. A dapper man in…

Walking the work / world. !!!!

Taking it one step at a time, by the way these are my new shoes. Keithy don’t have a heart attack. Its easy to let important projects slide when you are so busy.At times I feel the panic rise when I’m pressed to do four things at once. I just don’t know where to begin…

A miracle from the peanut seller.

For the past week I have been suffering with a very painful injury to my arm.I think I damaged it lifting and moving 100 lb in my two cases. I manipulate the two with my right arm and the hand luggage with the left and think I’m quite self sufficient and clever doing that…. but…

Happiness and Huipils

I purchased this antique huipil from Guatemala at a local folk art store Today I sadly say goodbye to our tour participants who return to their respective homes in the USA and Australia. The common comment amongst the group is “I just want to stay” This tour had  been  a  sheer delight, I don’t think…

How to draw on the iPad, instruction blog.

I’m trying to type with just my left hand…and it’s really difficult, so the blog has been a bit slow to produce over the past 5 days. I was able to illustrate on the iPad today as we travelled but it was a little difficult in the back of the bus. The roads are about…