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Happy May Day

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Seattle is notoriously spunky on May Day. I hope today is full of spirited marches and activities without violence or looting or destruction. As for me, I am going to do some writing and gardening. So far I have planted four dwarf trees, strawberries, chives, beets, radishes, peas, Brussels sprouts, arugula, corn, sunflowers (a wide variety), zinnias, cornflowers, dahlias, and scabiosas. I figure SOMETHING will bloom or grow. This is only my second year attempting to garden. Last year I started a garden in pots but then had to move and lost it all. Pity. That is okay. If at first you don’t succeed, try…try again. I don’t mind the pitfalls. I am excited to see what will come up! So, I will avoid the city this May Day and take care of my garden.

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To a great May Day!

MAY I have your attention please?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Well, April has come and went…and I wrote the entire month! I wrote a poem each and every day but I shared only that one. Tsk. No one reminded me. I guess no one was reading…so C’est la vie! If no one is around then no one will catch my missing posts! =) It all works out, right?

May! What do I love about May? I am supposed to pick something every month. I must be getting close to a year on that… then I shall stop. And think of something new. I love the rain of May. And May Day. And Cinco de Mayo which it just happens to be TODAY! So, in honor of Mexican tradition and heritage… I’d like to share a few of my favorite things or people from Mexico.

Frida Kahlo

Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.1

The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo

The Mexican Muralists (José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros)  These painters were very important towards pushing social and political change through their art. Go on, go google them.

David Alfaro Siqueiros

Sor Juana Ines (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th century nun, poet, scholar and feminist!) Read more about her here.

I could keep going. There are so many things I like about Mexico. The music, their history. Their culture. Their FOOD! Yummy! I say, take a moment and do some research. Order a book on the History of Mexico. Learn more. =) It is worth getting to know. =)
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  1. http://www.fridakahlo.com/ []