Bagman and Butler are both on vacation this week. Bagman is in Jamaica raising cain. Butler is in New York visiting Wall Street. So bear with me since I'm just my regular boring self without their assistance.
CINCO DE MAYO (Feel free to skip down to Mother's Day at the end)
Detail of Cinco de Mayo painting in Oaxaca Governor's Office
I beg fogiveness this week for relying on archives and for the quality of pictures. But the topic took me back to 2003 when I was fortunate enough to be part of a 3-week governmental exchange between South Carolina and two Mexican States - Oaxaca and Veracruz. We had meetings in both countries to explore positive ways of dealing with immigration. Oaxaca and Veracruz are the primary "feeder" states for the majority of South Carolina's immigrants.
My boss at the time, meeting with school children in Tututla
Pardon the photo quality because at the time I only carried a small video camera with a button for capturing digital stills.
Macedonio - manager of social services in Oaxaca
Wonderful man -- turned out he was a recovering alcoholic like myself
Publilc health office
Library in a small Indian village
Many villages were almost empty of men -- mostly women and children. I realized for the first time that many immigrants come to the US to work and send money back to their villages -- a strong family and community bond.
When these guys first started following us, I was concerned. But it turned out that we were being treated as royalty and they were our bodyguards.
You can never find a good electrician when you need one.
Early morning street
Changes to a bustling marketplace by noon
Conchita - University professor who worked with women in prison
Not actually "Day of the Dead" but a town of the dead.
Elaine and Michael, USC Professors who organized the trip
and became two of my lifelong friends.
Okay. If Bagman were here he would be telling me that this is going on too long. So I'll resist continuing my nostalgic walk through a great experience and move on...
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO:
who is also Noah's mother
who is also Conner's (and Noah's) grandmother
And my mother
AND HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OF YOU!