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week 499 ~ back home still holding

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back home still holding
a smiling photo
real life unfolding
back home still holding
stories once told sing
the song let it go
back home still holding
a smiling photo

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June 16, 2018 at 7:08 pm

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week 446 ~ the glass still half full

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the glass still half full
I came home thirsty
Rio’s last riddle
the glass still half full
I drank logical
and yet conversely
the glass still half full
I came home thirsty

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May 20, 2017 at 6:09 pm

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week 440 ~ it’s time I headed to Rio

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it’s time I headed to Rio
I’ve been away for far too long
rekindle the lost spark of song
I found so very long ago
if it’s still waiting I won’t know
until I leave comfortable
behind and give in to the pull
of wanderlust crazy to heed
the call but this is what I need
to drink in choro ‘til I’m full

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March 27, 2017 at 10:56 am

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January 17, 2015

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1.18a.15We are leaving soon. Leaving behind this intense heat, humidity, the brilliant colors, the noise, the music, the fecund decaying landscape, crumbling architecture, delicious fruit, open smiles. We are taking back so many memories 1.16a.15with us, and way too many intriguing CDs and irresistible music books. We have opened many doors, made many connections that will remain vibrant until we return, whenever that may be. Tonight we go out for dinner with R&C, laugh, eat, and relax for an evening out before packing for home.

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January 29, 2015 at 7:25 pm

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January 16, 2015

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1.16.15I tuck away some funny moments from our stay, not the tourist postcard sights, but the small personal events that will make me smile when I pull them out back home and remember. Like this little bird who pecks at our kitchen window incessantly every morning. I have tried to get a photo of him from 1.17.15beyond the pane, but he always spooks and flies away, only to return when he thinks the coast is clear. Is it his reflection he sees? Apparently he got in once– the window next to him is wide open– and scared himself and our landlady before he was safely returned to outdoors. And graffiti everywhere– some crazy some cool, but all vibrantly colorful, allowing the walls to speak.

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January 29, 2015 at 7:02 pm

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January 15, 2015

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1.15.15As we run down the days toward our departure there still remain some items undone on our to-do list. One of them is visiting our local entry on the list of New 7 Wonders of the World. Cristo Redemptor has been glimpsed from afar in previous photos, as he looks down on the city from every direction, and today we go to visit the huge statue up close. We are lucky on the way up– taxi-to-mini-bus with no waiting. We spiral up through the Tijuica forest for about 10 miles and arrive at the stairs up to our destination. The sun is out, the sky is blue, we take many pictures of the vistas spread 1.15a.15out beneath our lofty perch. But our luck runs thin as we try to leave. About 15 minutes into our wait in line for a return van, word arrives that a large truck has crashed on the winding road up to Cristo, and no vans can get up or down. We can be readmitted to the monument, or wait in line. As more and more people continue to arrive (coming from a hotel mid-way up, higher than the accident, where a couple of hundred people wait for a shorter van ride, having driven or taken a taxi to that point), we opt to wait. And so we find ourselves at noon, in the blazing sun, on the one day I 1.15b.15have forgotten sunscreen. A la… We do get down, taking this photo of a tree in the square as we leave the mini-bus. We eat lunch and swing by the Edison Folk Museum, as it is nearby. Unfortunately all parts of the museum are closed right now– the main museum still from the flooding a few years ago, the small hall between exhibitions– though there is a little exhibit in the shop. So here is a bit of wonderful whimsy to end today’s post. Click on the photo so you can see it larger in glorious detail. Purchasing sunburn cream and dinner at the Garota da Urca complete the day.

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January 16, 2015 at 6:57 am

Week 327 ~ notes float fly

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me.328notes float fly
disappear
like a sigh
notes float fly
dreams pass by
who will hear
notes float fly
disappear

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January 15, 2015 at 8:23 pm

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January 14, 2015

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1.14a.15To the right, the view from the kitchen window. Miriam’s apartment backs up to the Morro do Urca– the large but shorter bump of next to Pao do Acucar. So the view from our window in front is a Rio vista, including Guanabara Bay and Cristo, and the view from the rear is more intimate, a rock wall, tropical plants, birds, and the occasional lizard. Today we are going downtown to meet Paulo Sa and go to a noon concert of bandolimist Marco da Pinna’s 1.14.15quartet. It’s good to see Paulo and he promises to send photos of his kids– growing so fast, who I wasn’t able to see in Petropolis this trip. The concert is interesting, a mix of familiar choro and other music less so. To the left is Marco, and a 7-string guitarist who I have seen frequently before, whose name I think is Casulo. After the concert we go to Saarau, a multi-block permanent bazaar, to shop for little presents for the folks at home.

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January 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

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January 13, 2015

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1.13.15Today, after an errand in Copacabana, we visit the Jardim Botanico. To the right a Jacqueira tree planted in 1825. The fruits are huge and apparently could really hurt you if one fell on you in the wild. I become somewhat obsessed, in the Orchid greenhouse, with the little people in the center of each blossom. Many 1.13a.15.jpgphotos you, alas, will never see, but here is one to the left. We head home for a quick turn-around, and then we are off to the roda at Gago Coutinho, where the wonderful Valle is playing his 7-string with the equally wonderful Luiz on 6-string. It is a lovely roda for me, probably my last of this trip, as I get to play so many of my favorite tunes. We have a comedy of errors trying to record everything though, and run down the batteries and memory cards in one camera and two phones. But it is an evening of good cheer and camaraderie. Back in Urca we stop at a local restaurant for a delicious steak covered with garlic– that we had envied on an earlier visit. The perfect end to a great day.

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January 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm

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January 12, 2014

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1.12.15We wake early and head to the station to take a bus to Petropolis. We plan to meet up with Daniel, for P. to have a 7-string lesson, and then visit my friend and long-time collaborator Paulo and his family. We have packed our bathing suits anticipaing n afernoon by the pool. The first part of the plan goes wonderfully. Daniel is a terrific teacher and a funny and great guy. After the lesson we eat in a nearby restaurant, waiting for Paulo. But instead D. runs in to tell us Paulo’s car engine has blown up, and he lives so far out of town that it won’t be possible for us to get there and back, and the best thing for us is to head back to Rio. To the right the canal in Petropolis that we walk beside 1.12a.15before leaving, Below, Cristo at sunset from our window. We take the good from the day as a gift, and hope all the rest will resolve for the best.

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January 14, 2015 at 5:03 pm

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