Dream-catcher for the world/ Se busca atrapa-sueños para el mundo

It only seems to be getting worse these days. Is this the way it goes? Does it always need to get worse before it gets better? I don’t want to know how much lower we can fall as humanity. I want to think we’ve learned from the mistakes of the past when it comes to […]

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Saint Rémy de Provence: Joan of Arc

I already told you about my meeting with Van Gogh in Saint Remy de Provence, but now I want to tell you about French churches, and Joan of Arc. Saint Remy de Provence is one of the oldest towns in France. The medieval style of construction with irregular walls are proof of this. I arrive […]

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Saint Remy-de-Provence: Van Gogh

A kilometer away from where Saint Remy de Provence ends, an unparalleled tour of the specific landscapes painted by VanGogh begins, with physical imagery that references his work. This path leads to the Monastery of Saint Paul de Mausole, a psychiatric institution (that is still operating as such today), where Van Gogh self-interned himself right […]

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The places we go back to: Journey through France

How curious are those places that you constantly travel to. Those that become silent spectators of your life. For the past twelve years I’ve been spending every summer in Provence, in a little town called Rognes. Every time the family gets together here, we are all the same people, yet we are completely different each […]

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We are one: Somos uno mismo

We share the same consciousness, but we have forgotten. We hurt others without realizing that by doing so, we are hurting ourselves. Braiding is a way of creating one out of many, which is precisely what is happening right now as thousands of people protest around the world. Racism is more alive than ever in […]

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The vocabulary of face-masks

Yesterday I went to the post-office. I hadn’t been ‘out’ in a while. Everyone was wearing face-masks. I made eye contact and smiled at several people like I always do, but obviously they couldn’t tell I was smiling and gave me cold stares in return. It reminded me of the isolation I felt when I lived in […]

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On how we deal with our personal history is how we deal with the world

This year, Mother’s Day in the United States is braided with the Mexican celebration that always takes place on May 10. I wake up with cards from my children, and breakfast in the balcony, and the promise of my six-year-old son to build a magic wand to bring my grandparents and my dog ​back ​to […]

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Cinco de Mayoshould be celebrated after all / A celebrar el Cinco de Mayo

I must confess, I’ve never celebrated Cinco de Mayo. I actually used to judge people who do, because it’s an absolute fallacy. In our country we seldom speak about it. It’s really not special. The two main events in history that are truly celebrated everywhere are our Independence Day and our Revolution. And yet, the […]

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On why I braid / La razón por la que trenzo

In time, you learn that there’s a difference between taking someone’s hand and braiding their soul because once a soul finds its way into your heart, you can’t let go. Undoing that braid and leaving the hair adrift would create an incredibly deep scar. So deep, that the now unbraided soul will forget in time […]

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A braiding ceremony: Fragmento dos

Braiding is a portal into the heart. It’s a ritual as old as humanity and has always been an energetic exchange of the outmost importance that transcends time, nationality and religion. For me, in Canvas, the headpiece I wear, which is inspired by the Tehuana tradition from Oaxaca, I have found a visual symbol of […]

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A Premonition: Fragmento uno

Ideas and insights into the future are up in the air. If you listen, sometimes you are able to grab them. But more often than not, the noise around you doesn’t allow you to listen. Yet when you do, you gear towards your purpose, as abstract as it might seem. It’s easy to think and to […]

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On braiding

On the surface of the unimaginable/ La superficie de lo inimaginable

The unimaginable happened. Time stopped. We have a truce for better or worse; we have a moment of silence to just be who we are, to remember who’s inside, aside from expectations, from timelines or deliverables. And yet that instant gratification system that we created and that we’ve become so accustomed to, forces us to keep […]

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Life in times of Coronavirus/ La vida en tiempos del COVID

Here we are, going through the same crisis almost at the same time: some countries are still living in the past, while others live in the future and we try to make sense of our present. I remember thinking for the longest time that if we had one common enemy, perhaps we would join forces. […]

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TALENT: Useless magic inside

I’ve always believed we all have this one thing that we bring to the world that we understand differently to everyone else, but have you ever felt that you can’t find a way to channel this talent? I wrote this reflection a couple of days ago. Today I don’t feel this way, but I know […]

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