When I was returning from Zamora I saw a landscape that caught my eye – fleeting – as the old diesel bus rose and fell while the road twisted and turned. On one hillside were several large purple flowering Jacarandas whilst nestled between them in stark juxtaposition stood a single hardwood tree covered with dead… Continue reading A Zamora Landscape
You can’t escape them. Anywhere. Ever. Cradle to grave, the bastards are ever present. And somewhere it begs the question. If you could have everything your little heart desired; would it satisfy? Don’t think too hard here as I do believe the mages over the centuries have already answered that question, all with a resounding,… Continue reading Snobs
There are those that if they did come to visit me in Mexico would want to see the Mexico I’ve already left behind. They would want to visit the great cities and the beautiful beaches favored by the international visitors. Great ruins like Chichen Itza. They would want to drink only the best and most… Continue reading Charanda
Yesterday I received in the mail a wonderful assortment of cigars from my friend, Mike coming all the way from distant, faraway and mysterious Singapore. Just so you know, Mike is one of those rare individuals who actually knows way more than you or I about the true art of fine living. And that’s how… Continue reading Cigars!
1984 by George Orwell I just finished rereading this historical piece of twentieth century literature some forty-five years on because I felt a need to view Orwell’s troubling masterpiece from the perspective of the recent future which coincidentally is where the story was set. The interest to reread this novel I remember came not long… Continue reading What I Am Reading
“Move far, far away from the familiar even if it takes you to someplace like Mexico. It will be among the unfamiliar where the entire world will reappear to you as fresh.” I just posted the above comment to the Guardian for an article they just published on Top 10 Writers Tips. I think my… Continue reading A tip on writing
I’ve been giving more thought as to why historically some cultures thrived and others failed. And Jared Diamond, in his marvelous book, Guns, Germs and Steel only partially answered the question when he postulated that readily available quality sources of proteins were chiefly responsible. And while he builds a pretty good case, I’ve come to… Continue reading Incentives