Día de Muertos

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Today we are going to Muse about the Day of the Dead.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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FORGOTTEN

Forgotten

Forgotten

COCO, the movie

COCO, the movie

COCO

Have you seen the movie COCO?  If not, do.  I think you will enjoy it.  It is a wonderful animated film suitable for adults and children with music, humor and a thoughtful message.

The story is woven around the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.  Día de Muertos.

female day of the dead

female day of the dead

day of the dead

day of the dead

In Mexico little sculptures or depictions of skeletons are commonly used as decorations.  They are engaged in common daily activities like dancing, singing, strolling, playing a musical instrument, etc. We own a couple which you see here.

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man and woman

mariachi

mariachis

I had never given them much thought until I saw the movie.  I sort of equated the Day of the Dead to a variation of Halloween.  The movie has made me understand it is really a celebration of family.

The Day of the Dead (as presented in the movie) is a time for souls to return from beyond to be with their family members both living and deceased.  It happens once a year starting October 31st, Día de Muertos.

In Mexico, families gather in cemeteries at the graves of their relatives with food and offerings and they sing, dance, and tell stories of remembrance . . . a celebration of family.

The soul is believed to experience three deaths.  There is the first, the physical death.  There is a second death when the person is buried.  The final death occurs when no one any longer remembers or thinks about the deceased.  Día de Muertos is a means of keeping the memory and, thus, the soul alive.

Day of the Dead cemetary

Day of the Dead cemetary

Somehow, I find that a comforting concept.

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4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Along North County Road

Along North County Road

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Society of Four Arts

Society of Four Arts

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Inlet

Inlet

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2 Days in San Francisco

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I wouldn’t consider myself an expert on San Francisco, however, we’ve had the opportunity to explore SF 3 times and I would like to share what we have done based on my research on what to do in the city…

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Remembering Mexico

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Today we are going to Muse about Mexico and being a good guest.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Remembering Mexico

Last summer we spent a couple of months in Mexico.  We go down nearly every year and stay in an old colonial town, San Miguel de Allende.  It is in the mountains three hours by car north of Mexico City.

It is a remarkable community with a rich history and a vibrant cultural ethic, known for the arts: music, theater, painting and dance.  It is quite civilized and we always enjoy our time there.

 San Felipe, Baja California

But, in the past, I have been in  and out of Mexico, mostly in the north-western states where it was not so refined.  I lived in Arizona and California and my experience is that many people never got beyond Nogales or Tijuana.  That is unfortunate because border towns do not present the best a country has to offer.

There are special places.  One is San Felipe.  

In the 80’s I  had a friend who used to go camping in San Felipe.  He was so enthusiastic that my wife and I decided to go.  This became an annual pilgrimage, eventually a caravan of five families.

San Felipe Girl on beach

Beach with San Felipe in background

San Felipe is in Baja California on the Sea of Cortes.  From Long Beach, California, where I was living, it was about 370 miles.  For a westerner, that is a reasonable drive. At that time the paved road ended there.  Going south were dirt roads.  I think that is still the case.

The town was dusty, hot and nearly void of vegetation.  It had only a few streets but many bars and restaurants.  It is much larger today.  Being so close to Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix the population would swell five fold on a three-day holiday.  People came down in RVs, motor homes and pickup trucks, towing all terrain vehicles, jet skis and boats.  The place was jumping!

San Felipe Motor homes and campers

RVs parked near beach

We used to go to Poncho’s RV park.  That wasn’t the true name, but Poncho owned it and that’s what we called it.   The park ran along the beach which was wonderful and it had toilets and showers which was terrific.  We were supposed to pay $6 per day for a space, but we never did.  We camped on the beach and Poncho never objected.

sf beach to town

Vendor on beach. Tide going out

The Sea of Cortes is quite shallow near the shore.  When the tide is out the water recedes nearly half a mile.  When it comes in, it is hard to outrun.  Woe to the camper who does not know this.  There were occasions when people awoke in the water because they set their tents too far east when the tide was out.

sf seated by tent

Author seated by tent

In the morning local women came through the camp selling homemade tamales and other foods.  For a dollar you could get four!  And, they were very good.  One year, boys came through selling clams they had dug up.  We had a great time that night swilling beer and eating steamed clams.

The Raffle

Although Mexico is very hospitable, when driving there I was nervous around the police.  I never had a bad experience but we all have heard “things”.  Right?

One year as we drove into San Felipe, we came to an arch of plywood over the road which read “Bienvenida a San Felipe”.  Leaning against the frame was a heavyset police officer.  As we approached he waved us over.  We stopped.  He came to the car and handed me a memiographed page that had obviously passed through many hands.  It announced that San Felipe was sponsoring a raffle to raise funds for civic beautification.  It invited us to buy raffle tickets, one for a dollar.  The prize was a vintage truck.

red truck

Author examing vintage truck

Over the shoulder of the officer, on a knoll, I saw a beat up red and yellow truck.

“What is customary?”, I inquired.

“Ten Dollars”

I bought $10 worth of raffle tickets and we went on our way.  I never heard if I won.

The Celebration: be careful

As in anyplace things can go awry in San Felipe if you push the envelope.  One year a member of our group had just turned twenty-one.  He was ready to party!  We all went into town, ate dinner and hit the bars.  After several hours of this, our group returned to the RV park and our tents, all of us except the twenty-one year old.  He wanted to stay and party.  We didn’t think to stop him.

Around 3:00AM, I was awakened by someone hollering my name.  I stumbled out of the tent, blear-eyed and saw a police car from which the hollering was coming.  I approached the car and saw our friend in the backseat, naked.  He had a blanket someone had thrown to him.

The police officer explained he had been found stumbling down the street completely naked.  A passing girl threw him the blanket.  He had been in the jail about three hours.  The officer said it was “a very serious matter”.

I asked if it might be possible for me to make a donation to the police station retirement fund and take my friend off their hands.

He said $100 might be appropriate.  And so it was.

Later, I told my wife that our friend must have really been in someone’s face.  If a person rolls someone, he might take jewelry, even clothes.  But not underwear.  Whoever did that was trying to humiliate our friend.

The moral is you must be careful when in foreign places.

As it was, that cut our trip short.  That was all the cash I had and in those days there were no ATMs.  I don’t think that would be a problem today.

More to come

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1.  Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com
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4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Along North County Road

Along North County Road

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Society of Four Arts

Society of Four Arts

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Inlet

Inlet

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Flu

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Today we are going to Muse about catching up.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Miss Beatrice

Miss Beatrice

A friend sent me the following.  I thought would share it with you.  The topic is serious, but this might bring a smile just the same.

Better than a Flu Shot

Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married.  She was adored for her sweetness and kindness to all.

One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room.  She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.  As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cut glass bowl sitting on top of it.  The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated of all things, a condom!

When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat.  The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.

Miss Beatrice, he said, ” I wonder if you would tell me about this?”, pointing to the bowl.

Oh, yes,” she replied, “Isn’t it wonderful?  I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground.  The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and it would prevent the spread of disease.

Do you know I haven’t had the flu all winter!”

A Nice Game For Two or More

A Nice Game For Two or More

Beach Club Invitational Croquet Tournament

This week The Beach Club hosted its 44th annual Invitational Croquet Tournament.  This year I am committee Chair, so much of my attention these past couple of months has been focused on the preparations for and ultimate staging of the event.

This is one of the largest croquet tournaments held in the United States, drawing players from around the country and internationally.  This year we had seventy-one entered to play. This is more players  than we can handle on the three Beach Club courts so the tournament is played in two venues:  The Beach Club in Palm Beach and the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach.  The games started Wednesday and concluded Sunday. We used eight of the NCC courts.  We are fortunate to have them close by.

The weather forecast predicted wind and rain during the week.  That is not much fun.  Croquet is played in the rain unless there is standing water on the courts.  But good, good, there was no rain.  Wind, Yes.  Rain, No.

One of our committee members hosted a party at her home during the event.  With so many people, the party was largely held out-of-doors.  And it WAS windy!  At the Awards function I thanked her for her generosity and said everyone enjoyed themselves.  “They were just blown away!”

More to come

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Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company

Pixel.com is now offering Throw Pillows, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

           CLICK ON:  thomas-tribby.pixels.com

 

 Works available

Along North County Road

Along North County Road

Click to see

Society of Four Arts

Society of Four Arts

Click to see

Inlet

Inlet

Click to See

For information about these or other works of art, please feel free to contact us:

 

 

 

 

 

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Today we are going to Muse about boulders.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Don’t ask me why, but today my mind has wandered far from Florida where I now live.  I have been thinking about Arizona where I spent my early childhood and much of my later adulthood.

When you think of the Florida landscape, what comes to mind?  I would guess palm trees, beach, sand, water, and flat.  That is very different from Arizona which is not known for palm trees (though it has many date palms), the beach or being flat.

What comes to mind when you think about the Arizona landscape? Cactus? Desert? The red rock vistas of Sedona?  That is all there.

Granite

Among other things, I think of granite.  Big granite boulders.

Carefree Sahuaros

Carefree Sahuaros by Thomas Tribby

Near Prescott, Arizona, where my grandparents lived, is Granite Mountain.  It commands the area around it.

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain

 

 

It appears solid but in  actual fact it is piles of boulders which make it quite difficult  to climb.

Below is a view of the mountain base.  In the bottom right corner there is a structure.  It will give you a sense of scale.

Base of Granite Mountain

Base of Granite Mountain

If you drive north out of the desert floor you will find granite, west and east.

Granite

Granite

Yarnell frog

Yarnell frog

 

 

 

Some has even been enhanced by the local citizenry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granite Dells

One of my favorite spots as a kid was Granite Dells.

Granite Dells

Granite Dells

At one end of the lake there was a swimming area.  It engendered the enthusiasm shown in the George Bellows painting Forty Two Kids.

Forty Two Kids

Forty Two Kids

 

We were suited, as I remember, but no less raucous.

Granite Dells Swimming Area

Granite Dells Swimming Area

This is how it looked back then.

Granite Dells Locker House

Granite Dells Locker House

Unfortunately time has taken its toll.

The Dells . . . closed

The Dells . . . closed

The swimming is gone, but the granite remains.

more to come

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Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company

Pixel.com is now offering Throw Pillows, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

           CLICK ON:  thomas-tribby.pixels.com

 

 Works available

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

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Blue Diva

Blue Diva

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Lady in Red

Lady in Red

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