Author Archives: Richard A. Peña

Panoramic Landscape Photography: Past and Present

 

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Poetry: Deep Below the Rich Earth

Deep below the rich earth, lays a reddish brown bird. Every now and then, I hear the reddish brown bird sing at night; songs of solitude and beauty resonate in the cadence of passing time.  I try to ignore the songs but they take root in my memory like words to a contract, as unspoken […]

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Michel Dahamani Gatlif: The Persistence of Memory, Light, and Transnationalism

The Romani people, also known as Gypsies, historically, became widely dispersed ethnic segment throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.  The Gypsies arrived in Europe from the Middle East in the fourteenth century, either separating from the Dom people or very closely having a similar history. Genetic findings in 2012, suggest they originated in […]

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Antonio Gil Y’Barbo – Pioneer, Deal Maker, and Father of Nacogdoches

Antonio Gil Y’Barbo, known as the Father of Nacogdoches, Texas, was born in 1729 in Los Adaes Presidio, New Spain.  His parents, Spanish colonists, Matheo Antonio Y’Barbo (b. 1698) and Juana Luzgarda Hernandez (b.1705) both born in Spain, were early arrivals to the Los Adaes Presidio, located on the northeastern frontier of New Spain from […]

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Genetic Genealogy: Children of the Sun

In the night sky, the stars form patterns of mythical shapes, and twisting outlines, like a jeweled crown of thorns, with points of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Sirius, and Venus.  As the stars, and constellations move across the darkness of the night sky, the starry crown twists and turns, and forms a ladder leading us into […]

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Elegy: Children of the Sun

In the night sky, the stars form patterns of mythical shapes, and twisting outlines, like a jeweled crown of thorns, with points of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Sirius, and Venus, that shine beyond the horn of the imagination.  As the stars, and constellations move across the darkness of the night, the starry crown twists and turns, forming […]

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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes: Looking through the darkly painted mirror; Disasters of War, Witches’ Sabbath, and the Colossus

Madrid, Spain 1793:                 The chill of the night air was thick with the sweet smell of burning wood, smoky leaves, and the familiar aroma of roasted vegetables, black pork, and paella, which hung in the air like a veiled fog in the Spanish autumn evening.  The stars cut through the night sky, reveal their beauty not of daylight […]

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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Gentle Genius of 20th Century British Classical Music

Northern France, World War I, 1917 Ralph Vaughan Williams finally woke up out of his early morning slumber after a restless night as it was the chill and the dampness of the place, along with the sounds of gunfire punctuating the French night that kept his body and soul at unease.  Vaughan Williams briskly stood […]

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Theater: Reality, Rituals, and the Human Imagination

Altamira, Spain – Before the Common Era Perched high on the ledge of the cave wall, small reddish brown bird watches with curiosity from its nest, and observes the outline of twelve silhouettes huddled around a smoky but tender fire.  The smoke from the fire rises, softens the angular light of the sun setting in […]

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Beethoven and the Revolution

It was time, not the time kept by a clock or pocket watch but time kept by eternity.  Underneath the landscape’s horizon line, the hills and valleys around Vienna appeared like a romanticized painting with soft rich greens, golden brownish reds, and luminous beige hues.  The view was speckled with bare trees anticipating the touch of the […]

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