SynTalk in Mumbai

I enjoyed a philosophical conversation, hosted by Synthesis Talk in Mumbai, on the nature of teams, from the realm of communities of bacteria all the way to human societies and team endeavors in sport, research, business, and politics. My interlocutors were Bino Paul and Milind Watve, a social and a natural scientist from India respectively. … Continue reading SynTalk in Mumbai

Listening to a Friend in New York Town

I listened to Niall Connolly's song "Sum of Our Parts" on my headphones as I rode the F train from Prospect Park to the Lower East Side in Manhattan, on my way to his Saturday night gig Rockwood Music Hall. It had been several months since I'd seen Niall, and even longer since I'd been … Continue reading Listening to a Friend in New York Town

Abrir los ojos ante el Taj Mahal

Al contemplar hoy el bellísimo palacio-mausoleo de mármol de la reina Taj, recordé estos versos de Octavio Paz en Ladera Este, el poemario que escribió sobre la India, donde fue Embajador de México por muchos años: "estoy enamorado de este mundo ando a tientas en mí mismo extraviado pido entereza pido desprendimiento abrir los ojos" … Continue reading Abrir los ojos ante el Taj Mahal

Freshness / Frescor

At dawn the sky is clearing after several days of tropical rainfall. The waning moon, surrounded by thin clouds, is still visible on the blue dome. Soft sunlight illumines my garden, which smells of wet soil and blossoming roses. The raindrops feel cool on my fingertips as I gather them from the leaves of the … Continue reading Freshness / Frescor

Care and Joy / Cuidar y gozar

The burning solar disk descended among aquamarine clouds on the horizon beyond the Nicoya Peninsula across the gulf. It painted an orange trail on the Pacific Ocean's light green waters. The mountains on the peninsula became violet under the late sunlight. We paused to enjoy the beauty of the moment. El disco incandescente del sol … Continue reading Care and Joy / Cuidar y gozar

Stargazing / Observando estrellas

In the early evening we walked along a trail, slid down a dirt wall, and hiked up a narrow gravel road to reach the pass at the top of our mountain at Llano Bonito de Naranjo. We thought we were just out for a walk before returning to dinner at our mountain cabin. Al empezar … Continue reading Stargazing / Observando estrellas

After Drizzle / Tras la garúa

I find stilling simplicity in the wet vine leaves that glisten under the sunlight after the morning drizzle. Their shining freshness illumines my spirit. My heart quiets down to listen to the drops trickling down the cascade of leaves. Tras la garúa, me serena la simplicidad de las hojas mojadas de la enredadera que brillan … Continue reading After Drizzle / Tras la garúa

Blossom and raindrops / Botón y gotas de lluvia

After the early morning rain, the sky cleared and the sun shone on my garden. I walked outside to breathe in the crisp air and to observe the wet garden. The raindrops trickled down the leaves of the green ivy that crawls up the fence. Some drops lay on the yellow blossom and green leaves … Continue reading Blossom and raindrops / Botón y gotas de lluvia

Una lechuza en La Libélula

Nos mecíamos en la hamaca poco después del atardecer cuando la lechuza se posó en una rama del mango cercano. Era pequeña, de unos 15 centímetros, de plumaje café excepto en el pecho blancuzco, colita larga y garras amarillas. Se trataba de un mochuelo común (Glaucidum brasilianum). La lechucita se quedó quieta observándonos con sus … Continue reading Una lechuza en La Libélula

Revoloteos amorosos en La Libélula

Avanza la estación lluviosa y muchas orugas ya se han transformado en mariposa. En La Libélula, nuestra parcela familiar en Lagunillas de Tárcoles, nos deleitamos esta semana observando revoloteos amarillos, anaranjados, glaucos, rojinegros, albos y atigrados alrededor de los malinchillos (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) y los rabos de zorro (Stachytarpheta). Las mariposas se acercan a besar las … Continue reading Revoloteos amorosos en La Libélula