Here is a poem by Greta Pullen from her book Lost and Found Cafe (Neuma Books 2005) in its entirety:
Some Green Hand
On small hills
Temples depend from the backdrop
Of rising foliage
Their roof combs a maze
Of vents as if to reproduce in stone
The airy thatched combs of the people's huts
So much of the exposed stone
Rough with the growth of rust-colored lichens
Did the priests know the roof combs
Would compete with the… Continue
I’ve always preferred houses with a history. The story of how a neighborhood comes to be is part of this story, but given enough time, the house itself builds a history.
When we first saw our place in Barelas, I was enchanted by the deep window sills created by double adobe walls – perfect perches for cats and children. And I was intrigued by tales of the water well that was somewhere on the property and shut down (or not).
Since I finally caved and signed up for Duke City Fix (note: wasn't against it, just wasn't sure I could maintain another online presence) I figured an appropriate way to start things would be to write a little love note to the city that has been my home for the last 19 years.
I remember first arriving in the city back in '91. I wouldn't call it love at first sight. More like we saw each other across… Continue
The plums are flowering on my quiet South Berkeley street. Most of my neighbors are friendly and helpful, the Italian oaks raise their curved branches to praise the sun, and my fellow dogwalkers are wry and fastidious. I shouldn't complain, really, although it's only fortuitous that I occupy the house once owned by my parents, since I certainly can't afford the neighborhood on an adjunct professor's salary.… Continue
When I asked photographer Tom Loeb what he looks for in a face, he told me, “I know who I don’t want to photograph. I don’t photograph beautiful women.” And then he elaborated, if a person “looks like they might fit into a mainstream publication or are well fed and well scrubbed enough that their image might be used to sell something, then I probably don’t want to photograph them.”
I’m glad. The people he does photograph are far more… Continue
A couple of days ago I came across a website called Historypin. It's a website based in England which uses the Google Map engine to allow users to upload historical photos and pin them to the map. The photos can also be overlaid on to Google Street View to show how a place has changed over time. Here's a short video explaining the concept:
Along with fireworks, this past weekend featured a Performance by 49 of our community kids at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This Creative Circus Show concluded a four week summer camp for kids of all income levels called, CIRCO LATINO. This summer was the second year of the camp. If you missed it this year, be sure to sign up your kids for the third season next summer. Here is a quick variety of pictures to give you a taste of the… Continue
On a most basic level, the new Arizona laws are not about immigration: they are about being Mexican. Or being a dark-skinned American. Somehow popular history assumes the former Europeans among us filled out the proper papers at Ellis Island. We tend to forget the rest of the story.
A new line seems to have been drawn in the sand. It is both political and deeply emotional. And, as Cathy Arellano says, This is our border/ you might…Continue
We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain's table.Alcoholics Anonymous (1939), p. 17 The other half were shrieking and praying. Voltaire, Candide (1759), ch. 5
Towards the end of our talk in her studio at 105 Art Gallery, Val Hollingsworth said she'd been noticing the way the light from the window raked across my cheek. I didn't "feel" those pronged fingers of sun on my face until she saw them first for me. Then, I felt "illuminated." And this newly lit sight in many ways is part of any photographer or curator's job: a new vision, a vision that we… Continue
Added by lisa gill on July 2, 2010 at 9:27am —