Monday, November 13, 2017



The magical moment my students saw their beautiful melted crayon and leaf stained glass art against the light,

Finding a treasure today, my favorite bedtime tea in León, Spain, which I'm sipping as I write,

Going out for tapas and little beers with my wonderful friend and partner in lifes' joys and challenges,

Reading "Patria" together, a gripping Spanish novel and birthday gift from my literature students.
Many more blessings, but that's a start.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Murano's Fancy Glass Beads

Fancy glass beads from the Venetian island of Murano. Murano glassmakers have developed and refined centuries-old glassmaking techniques for centuries and continue to specialize in their craft to to this day.
This bowl of beads, cast aside amongst so many other valuable treasures caught my eye. Eash one is so individual, so interesting. Many are porous, others are perfectly round, but almost all have some sort of flaw shouting out, "I'm hand-made, the real deal." Maybe that's just like us.
To be authentic we have to have holes and gaps and flaws. In all of it that's why we are most unique and beautiful. The collector in me wanted to bring the whole bowl of eye-candy home. I satisfied my longing with this photo instead.
#fancyglass #crystallineglass #enamelledglass #smalto #goldenglass#goldstone #multicoloredglass #millefiori #milkglass #lattimo#glassgemstones #figurines #comtemporary #traditional #Murano#Venice #Venetia #Venezia

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Pastries for the Dead

Pastries for the dead, or los dulces de los muertos sounds macabre. It sounds like something you'd find at the bakery, perhaps at Halloween, but in actuality these sweets are for All Saint's Day, All Saint's Day is celebrated every November 1 in Spain and many countries, as a day families remember those that have passed on.
The typical way to celebrate is meeting together at the gravesite (after mass for those who attend) of the loved ones, having cleaned and put new flowers on the tomb, and then continue the family reunion at a restaurant or individual homes. It's a sweet time of remembering those we loved and love. And these are the typical pastries to accompany the tradition:

Cada primero de Noviembre se celebra el Día de Todos los Santos. Además, esta celebración cuenta con varios dulces típicos de este día.

Saints Bones
Saints Bones, a marzipan dessert filled with egg custard from traditional recipes that have a popular name due to the shape of the roll which looks like a bone.
Huesos de Santo
Huesos de Santo, un postre de mazapán relleno de dulce de yema, una receta tradicional que ha llegado a popularizar su nombre por el aspecto de canutillo que recuerda a un hueso. 

A typical recipe for All Saints' Day that is made up of a dough of flour, butter and egg that is fried in oil. Similar to Saints' Bones, its origin is surely the Arabic kitchen, like that of most of the oil fried sweets.
(Metric) Ingredients for Fritters:
125 grams of flour
30 gr of butter
1/4 l of water
40 gr of sugar
4 eggs
grated lemon half
olive oil

Buñuelos de Viento
Una receta típica del día de Todos los Santos que están compuestos por una masa de harina, mantequilla y huevo que se fríe en aceite. Como en el caso de los huesos de santo, su origen seguramente, como el de todos los dulces que se pasan por aceite hirviendo, esté en la cocina árabe.
Ingredientes para la receta Buñuelos de viento:
125 gr de harina.
30 gr de mantequilla.
1/4 l de agua.
40 gr de azúcar.
4 huevos.
ralladura de medio limón.
aceite de oliva.

Además se nota la interacción con otros mundos, la cual ha traído dulces diferentes de otras zonas que se van integrando, algunos cercanos como los panellets catalanes, pero también los dulces que en México preparan para otro día, Día de los Muertos, para ofender a los muertos a los que llevan comidas sabrosas como una evocación de su amor por ellos.
-Texto Español de El Faro

Friday, October 20, 2017

Leaves Fallen Flat

I once had a wooden frame that held two pieces of glass which I could slide out to place natural flower and leaf specimens between the panes. It was an especially beautiful way to exhibit and examine special finds from my walks. This time nature produced the same stunning effect as my frame did with autumn leaves fallen flat by the previous day's rain, horizontally pressed against the ceiling of Madrid's Cristal Palace.
#Madrid #parqueretiro #naturewalk #leaves #leaves #otoño #naturegeek #paseos #otoño #elretiro #palaciodecristal #cristalpalace #nofilter

Monday, October 16, 2017

Me Too

In case you are wondering why "me too"
If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.
Age 12 on a Navajo reservation. Home and my step-father for years. Teen, my older boyfriend, date rape. College student, a flat mate in a new city. Objectification, husband. Too many inappropriate and unwanted touches to mention. Enough is enough!
It hugely impacted my life; immobilized me and fed my fears when I was younger and distorted my trust when I was older. I'm so thankful for my present relationship and the strength gathered personally to denounce this evil with my sisters globally.
"Keep saying it, because we are fighting not one guy here, but a system that can only be challenged by collective rage, not individual shame."
#metoo #abuseofpower #powerover #harveyweinstein #sexualharassment#widespread

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Los Arboles Lloran

Mi corazón está tan apesadumbrado con los fuegos en California, mi cuna. Todo se está quemando, es una devastación total; la flora y la fauna han desaparecido, casas y vidas humanas perdidas. Es una tragedia.
Hay tragedias que no podemos evitar, pero hay otras formas de devastación que se producen debido a la ignorancia. Como el desconocimiento acerca de cómo funcionan los árboles y lo que afecta a su salud. Éste es el tipo de devastación que estamos viendo aquí en Astorga y en tantos lugares donde están podando los árboles en exceso. Los están mutilado en la forma que ves aquí. En lugar de podarlos en el invierno profundo, se cortan sus ramas ahora tantísimo y cuando aún su savia está en lo alto. Los dejan sin hojas para alimentarse y las heridas de las motosierras dejan los cortes abiertos expuestas a las enfermedades. Esto es criminal.