El artista y el muchacho

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga


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Un día, en la cabaña del bosque, un aprendiz de artista se acercó a su maestro, a quien preguntó: ¿qué letras elijo del abecedario, qué palabras armo en el cuaderno de notas, si somos, parece, hojas de papel que a cierta hora de la tarde se arrugan y se desprenden cuando el viento sopla y anuncia la noche? ¿Qué sentimientos comparto, qué ideas difundo, si todo, al principio, en medio o al final, en el camino o en el refugio, distrae y provoca amnesia? He encontrado muchos poemas rotos, incontables cartas transformadas en ceniza, páginas solitarias que alguna vez fueron confesiones y ahora exhalan tristes suspiros. ¿Qué lienzos pinto, qué colores plasmo en la tela, si antes de la hora postrera, el sol, la lluvia y el aire carcomen los matices, a la misma hora, quizá, en que el…

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Zanzibar sunset

Google translation of introduction: Do you speak Swahili? This is the most common question you hear about how you descend into Stone Town, the historic city, the old Zanzibar city.

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Stone Town, 2018

Vorbești swahili ?


E cea mai frecventă întrebare pe care o auzi de cum descinzi în Stone Town, orașul istoric, vechea cetate zanzibarită.


Localnicii se țin scai de tine, te opresc pe stradă și, dacă tu nu vorbești swahili, hakuna matata, ei vorbesc o engleză fluentă.


Însă, în cele din urmă vei constata că, pole pole (încet), chiar ajungi să știi un pic de swahili, tot învățând câte un cuvânt-două de la fiecare cetățean care te abordează la tot pasul prin cartierul istoric, în caz că nu ești însoțit de un ghid local.


Pentru a profita de colțișoarele ascunse, am rezervat un tur de jumătate de zi prin centrul vechi cu ghidul pe care-l apreciasem deja la vizita unei ferme de mirodenii, cu două zile înainte.


Ray era profesor și presta aceste servicii pentru agenția de turism tanzaniană prin care am rezervat întregul circuit.


A fost ghidul…

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Federal Unemployment Aid Is Now a Political Lightning Rod – The New York Times

Most economists say there is no clear, single explanation yet for the difficulty that some employers are having in hiring. Government relief may play a role in some cases, but so could a lack of child care, continuing fears about infection, paltry wages, difficult working conditions and normal delays associated with reopening a mammoth economy.

The particular complaints that government benefits are sapping the desire to work have, nonetheless, struck a chord among Republican political leaders.

In Ms. Starr’s case, Ms. Reynolds’s move to end federal jobless relief in Iowa is likely to have its intended effect.

Ms. Starr can be counted among the long-term unemployed. She has relied on a mix of pandemic-related benefits since last spring, when she left her job as a delivery driver for Domino’s Pizza after co-workers started getting ill.

She could probably have already gotten her job back; Domino’s in Des Moines is advertising for drivers. But Ms. Starr has been reluctant to apply.

“A lot of people in Iowa don’t wear masks — they think that Covid is fake,” said Ms. Starr, who worries not only about her own susceptibility to infection but also about the health of her 71-year-old father, whom she helps care for: He has emphysema, diabetes and heart troubles.

An early withdrawal from the federal government’s network of jobless relief programs affects everyone in the state who collects unemployment insurance. Ms. Starr, like all recipients, will lose a weekly $300 federal stipend that was designed to supplement jobless benefits, which generally replace a fraction of someone’s previous wage. In most of the states, the decision will also end Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which covers freelancers, part-timers and self-employed workers who are not normally eligible for unemployment insurance. And it will halt Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which continues paying people who have exhausted their regular allotment.

In addition to the $300 supplement, Ms. Starr gets $172 a week in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The total is about $230 less than she earned at her previous job. The government checks pay for her rent, food and some of her father’s medicine, she said.

Ms. Starr, who is vaccinated, said the governor’s order would probably force her to go back to work despite her health fears. She is thinking about some kind of customer service job from her home, although that would require her to buy a laptop and maybe get landline telephone service, she said. Absent that, she said, she may have to take another delivery job or work in an office.

Whether her case is evidence that ending jobless benefits early makes sense depends on one’s perspective.

A Cautionary Tale

cancer treatment and follow up…

In Saner Thought

This is a cautionary tale for all those cancer survivors that had radiation treatment after their surgery.

I needed to consult with my better half, Sue before writing this post because there is some personal information enclosed that I wanted to clear with her before writing.

We talked it over and she gave me the all clear to include the info as I saw fit.

About six years ago Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer….a lump was discovered in her breast and after consultation with her oncologist it was advised to have it removed .

The surgery was a success…they got the limp and some other lymph nodes to be sure that had removed all the cancer.

The follow-ups were encouraging and she was given massive radiation treatments to be sure that it would not return to haunt her.

After a couple of months of treatment all seemed good and…

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “W”

Words from Walden

W is for Work

“I learned the value of hard work by working hard”

Margret Mead

If you do the work , you will reap the rewards. And, if you do what you love it will not feel like work (most of the time).

Working hard is not about money or fame but rather about being the best version of you that you can be for your level of consciousness at any given time.

The goal is to evolve, but personal evolution does not simply happen by creating your future from a closed trans-like state of becoming nobody and no-thing, in no time, from no place and nowhere. There is another step that is essential.

After you create your future from that meditative state , that spiritual dimension , you must re-enter the physical body and play in the 3D world of physical form.

The trick is trying…

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History | D-Day | June 6, 1944 | The United States Army – (WWII – Learn… Remember!)

The Normandy beaches were chosen by planners because they lay within range of air cover, and were less heavily defended than the obvious objective of the Pas de Calais, the shortest distance between Great Britain and the Continent. Airborne drops at both ends of the beachheads were to protect the flanks, as well as open up roadways to the interior. Six divisions were to land on the first day; three U.S., two British and one Canadian. Two more British and one U.S. division were to follow up after the assault division had cleared the way through the beach defenses. Source: History | D-Day | June 6, 1944 | The United States Army

Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

Unit: 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division

Medal of Honor – Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After 2 verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt’s written request for this mission was approved and he landed with the first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy-held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the seawall and established them inland. His valor, courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy. Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strong points and rapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France.

Here’s why chalked words have appeared outside Oxford Tesco stores | Oxford Mail

Have you noticed the words ‘Tesco meat = deforestation’ stenciled in white chalk outside your local Tesco branch?

The words appeared outside the stores in Headington, Summertown and Abingdon Road in Oxford on Thursday as part of a nationwide protest by environmental organisation Greenpeace.

Source: Here’s why chalked words have appeared outside Oxford Tesco stores | Oxford Mail

UW researchers investigate gold mining-related deforestation in the Amazon – University of Wisconsin-Madison —

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UW researchers investigate mining-related deforestation in the Amazon – University of Wisconsin-Madison https://ift.tt/3pcANUe UW researchers investigate mining-related deforestation in the AmazonUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison Superforest via “deforestation” – Google Newshttps://ift.tt/2Pik6Fi

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O garimpo ilegal de ouro ameaça os povos indígenas —

Barbara Crane Navarro

Povos indígenas do Brasil estão à mercê de um número crescente de garimpeiros ilegais de ouro Caminho da devastação: prospecção ilegal de ouro no território Yanomami (Roraima, 17 de abril de 2016) Por Norbert Suchanek, Rio de Janeiro Enquanto dezenas de milhares de pessoas no Brasil se manifestavam contra o presidente de extrema direita Jair[…]

O garimpo ilegal de ouro ameaça os povos indígenas —

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Amazônia: Questões ambientais contemporâneas — Internacional da Amazônia

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Um jaguar descansando sob um arbusto.

Amazônia: Questões ambientais contemporâneas — Internacional da Amazônia

Luíza Veiga – Graduada em Relações Internacionais A região amazônica tem sofrido há décadas com diversas questões ligadas à sua exploração indevida. Queimadas, desmatamento e garimpos ilegais fazem com que povos indígenas venham sofrendo diretamente estes impactos, tendo suas terras constantemente invadidas. Contudo, nos últimos anos, especificamente após a […]

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