Processing an Earthquake from Afar, or Mexico City on My Mind

Amidst the slew of natural disasters this month, the earthquakes of the last several weeks in Mexico have hit closest to home for me. The great devastation of the September 19, 2017 earthquake in Mexico City literally destroyed apartments I formerly inhabited during various stints living in Mexico, not to mention the wreckage (psychological, physical, … More Processing an Earthquake from Afar, or Mexico City on My Mind

Barichara and The Park with the Most Enchanting Fragrance

When I travel, I typically have my camera constantly at the ready, but in the last year I have made more of an effort to take note of other qualities that characterize certain places, the observations that a photograph simply cannot capture. Last week when I arrived to the small town of Barichara, I stepped off a … More Barichara and The Park with the Most Enchanting Fragrance

Processing the Plebiscite and the Power of Hate

Yesterday afternoon I watched the results of the referendum vote on Colombia’s peace accords. Since last Monday afternoon when the final version of the agreements was signed by President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timochenko, Bogotá was overtaken by a sense of optimism for the future. The campaign for the Sí conspicuously dominated in the … More Processing the Plebiscite and the Power of Hate

Film, Music, and Theatre–25 Days, 3 Festivals

The month of March was exhilarating, packed with arts festivals and celebrations of culture! The first weekend, I escaped Bogotá for a long weekend in Cartagena to attend the Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias. The following weekend I haggled and got a cheap 3-day pass to Festival Estéreo Picnic, a music festival that … More Film, Music, and Theatre–25 Days, 3 Festivals

El Abrazo de La Serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent

After first hearing about the Colombian film, El abrazo de la serpiente, or Embrace of the Serpent as it’s been titled in English, I was on the lookout for a screening nearby. I saw nearly everything in theaters over Christmas vacation, but the film hadn’t made it to NC (nor NYC or LA) in January. Even after … More El Abrazo de La Serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent

Routine Facilitating, Not Stifling, Creativity

Over the past few months, I’ve thought a lot about how artists manage their productivity without becoming overwhelmed by pressure and stifling their creativity. Part of this thinking came about from conversations with friends, some who are “artists” or working in the creative realm with or without much structure in their work life. Some of … More Routine Facilitating, Not Stifling, Creativity