Sunday, March 2, 2014
Last weekend, was the end of Carnival in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Lots of noise, lots of people, families, beautiful girls in bathing suits and handsome men, some with motorcycles, were all parading along the main street by the beach. Some "comparsas' passed by with their specific theme, and many vendors of fruits, iced drinks, and food were tempting you along the way. Souvenir shops enticed you with jewelry, postcards, and small knick-knacks. It was fun!
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." Maya Angelou
Friday, February 28, 2014
I've just finished reading Tracy Chevalier's FALLING ANGELS and I liked it very much. It's the story of two young girls' friendship, and their mothers, and their families, at the beginning of the 20th Century in England. The story is told all in the first person, each chapter changes the person, and the point of view. It's the time of the suffragettes, even Mrs. Pankhurst appears! Very interesting, and Ms. Chevalier achieves a "grave success", pun intended, as many of the girls' meetings and much of the story happens...in the town cemetery.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Costa Rica, a country without army. In 1948, Jose Figueres Ferrer lead the army, and started a fight to defend universal suffrage, and achieve a profound change in the political model of Costa Rica. A few months later, as head of the Junta, he dictated many political reforms, which transformed the country. Among them, he took away his own military status, and abolished the army in the country. This was unique in the world, becoming the only general in the world to resign in this manner, and Costa Rica the first country in the world without an army. Costa Rica transformed military expenses in investments on social causes: literacy, universal health coverage, electricity and communications.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
In the Agriculture Fair in San Ramon, Costa Rica, this young lady was making the dough, the tortillas, flipping them, adding the cheese, flipping and placing them on a plate, all with an incredible speed, efficiency and perfection. A man standing nearby collected the money. She did all the work.
"There is a power-force more powerful than steam, electricity and atomic energy: will power." -- Albert Einstein
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Puntarenas is a famous beach on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Visiting there this past weekend for Carnaval, I like to sit, observe and sketch people around me. This lady was taking care of the baby in the stroller, attending the small shop, selling something to the passers-by, and seemed contented with her lot. The husband was sitting farther away, doing nothing, just watching her work.
Monday, February 24, 2014
I have loosely translated from the title of the book in French: LA LISTE DE MES ENVIES, by Grégoire Delacourt. It's the story of a seamstress who discovers herself and what's important in her life, after some disappointments. It's a story that invites us to re-visit our own list of our wishes. An interesting quotation included in this book:
"Love supports absence and death better than doubt or treason." by André Maurois (1885-1967)
Saturday, February 22, 2014
"I am sure there are things that can't be cured by a good bath...but I can't think of one." Sylvia Plath said. Don't you agree?
I recently read THE ART OF HEARING HEARTBEATS, by Jan Philipp Sendker. Beautiful story of a young woman traveling the world looking for her father, and finding a lot more in the process. The really important things are invisible to the eyes.