68 Voces

Summer “hellos” to everyone. A recent discovery I have to share with you today is 68 Voces (68 Voices). This art and storytelling project is the brainchild of Gabriela Badillo, an artist based in Mexico City. It’s a compilation of animated stories from Mexico’s diverse indigenous regions…all narrated in the original indigenous languages. Subtitles are in Spanish,Continue reading “68 Voces”

Bits & Pieces

Hello everyone! I hope you’re well and beginning to enjoy a bit more outdoor time if health restrictions are starting to relax in your area. Here where I live on the Sonoma Coast in Northern California, much remains closed. Luckily, daily neighborhood walks and lots of time in the garden are keeping me sane. IContinue reading “Bits & Pieces”

Homenaje a Francisco Toledo

Today’s post is an homage to Francisco Toledo, in my opinion one of the greatest Mexican artists of all time. He passed on September 5th at the age of 79, and the art world has been remembering and celebrating all he did and was. Francisco Toledo was born in Juchitán, Oaxaca in 1940. He attendedContinue reading “Homenaje a Francisco Toledo”

Springtime Rituals

Our part of Northern California received heavy rain this winter. While lots of rain is a blessing to this often-parched part of the country, it resulted in quite a few gloomy days after the initial, exuberant rain celebrations had worn off. Now it’s officially spring here in the Northern Hemisphere – we made it! ApartContinue reading “Springtime Rituals”

Renacimiento/Rebirth: Strengthening Weaving Traditions in Guatemala

I recently translated a great loan for Kiva.org in which a Guatemalan woman was seeking a loan to purchase traditional huipiles (tunics), fajas (wraps), and cortes (skirts) to sell. The very next morning while listening to the radio I learned about a revival and strengthening of weaving traditions in Guatemala among a group of youngContinue reading “Renacimiento/Rebirth: Strengthening Weaving Traditions in Guatemala”

Adventures in Translation

“Translators are the shadow heroes of literature, the often forgotten instruments that make it possible for different cultures to talk to one another, who have enabled us to understand that we all, from every part of the world, live in one world.” —Paul Auster, American writer Ha, ha! Finding the perfect word can seriously beContinue reading “Adventures in Translation”