Monday, July 31, 2006

The 5:30 AM wake up call - crows

They show up everyday, like an alarm clock, wake up the entire camp site, and, an hour later, move on, to sing their songs elsewhere. Here's to sleeping late on vacation.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Raising a city

by Duda

(based on a newspaper article)

City Stages

Infancy: Small, rural towns grow, reaching one another. Housing comes first, then restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores.

Childhood: More housing, more schools, roads, city services. Major retailers come in.

Young Adulthood: Business development becomes the focus for job creation, such as regional malls. Must lure employers.

Adulthood: Reduced growth. Aging areas are revitalized. Grow upwards with high rises.

by Duda

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Conformity vs. creativity

Are they really on opposite sides of the spectrum?

Everything contains some silence

by another someone
"Silence means a great deal to me, and I've learned to distinguish a great number of forms of silence. My poems talk about a palpable silence, that creamy, latexy kind of silence that we know, even when we're experiencing it as a giant luxury, like a dream luxury. There is an angry silence, which is a very different and unpleasant form of silence." by Kay Ryan, Poet

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A marrabenta

by another someone

It's a form of Mozambican dance music which is influenced by Mozambican and Potuguese folk music and the Western popular music.

It's raining!!

by Duda
Evening showers and lightning. The summer monsoon. Turn off all the lights and listen.

International Space Station 2

by Duda
A child's work.
Materials: cardboard boxes, straws, tape (lots), paper, popsicle sticks, string, soda bottle.
Purpose: "People from earth go in the space ship and they fly over to the space station which is in outer space. They use the International Space Station to study whatever they have to study and then go home."

Monday, July 24, 2006

Hyakutake on March 27

by Joe Orman

Comet C/1996 B2 Hyakutake and a Saguaro cactus, Arizona
"On January 30, 1996, Yuji Hyakutake in Japan discovered a new comet using 25x150 binoculars. The comet was designated Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake). As subsequent observations of the new comet were obtained, Brian Marsden from the IAU Central Bureau was able to compute the comet's orbital elements, and these computations indicated that the comet will pass as close as 0.10 AU (9.3 million miles) from the Earth on March 25, 1996" NASA

The Equinox

by Joe Orman

A canal in AZ

Every place on earth experiences a 12 hours day twice a year on the Spring and Fall Equinox. This canal runs East - West.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


by a someone in Maputo, Mozambique
Everyone had one. Mine is now a quilt.


by Duda
In Mozambique, on warm summer nights, families met outside to exchange stories about the happenings in the "interior". Were we safe? What should we expect next? Now, 30 years later, I found Lidio Araujo, who had left Beira in a convoy, for that "interior". My puzzle is coming together.

To drive is divine

by Duda
It's a whole body, got to be present, kind of experience. It tingles my brain.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

On a foggy January day

Zachary, the speedster. He was 3 months old.

What's in.

A trend. But try making this part of your morning routine on a school day...

A landmark of Matacuane

O predio Nicola. The magazine stand and its comic books. My cousin traded them and we spent leisurely summer days reading them. If I had gone to the Liceu, I would have gotten to know this landmark better. Photo taken by another kind someone (early 2000s)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Safety Zone

The very tall Palms make me feel like there is a safe place up there, unavailable to the human hands that can cause destruction.

Developmental Stages

Filling buckets with water a la mass production.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Igreja de Matacuane

Credit for this picture goes to one of the many someones who are kind enough to post pictures of places we cannot erase from our minds. This church was 3 blocks away from my house in Beira. Our family celebrated many catholic milestones here.

June 2005

Near Ground Zero

My Daddy's Car

A stick shift, without power steering. I drove it for the last time on the day after his funeral. The radio was set to his favorite spanish station. The compass rested on the dashboard. He was a man of gadgets and I found a few in this car. This was the only car he ever bought new. In Mozambique he owned motorcicles. I never did drive those.

Thursday, July 13, 2006