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Author Archives: Richard A. Peña

The Color of Three Stones: Gold, Lapi lazuli, and Marble

What such a glorious world made of light and shadows, luminous intensities, with shades of magnificence and wondrous color.  The colors of day transition from dawn to sunset, regardless of the day, yet more often or so, the observer takes such splendor as the normalcy of everydayness.  Be that as it may, such beauty of […]

Blessed is the Night | Division Street

[Short Libretto-Ballad] Blessed is the night. Go down these city streets, down Division Street, way down Division Street, where the wind sways the autumn trees, like an autumn song.  So blessed is the night.  Oh, the leaves rustle all around my feet, streetlamp lanterns, dancing shadows, nocturne patterns, with rod iron tones and brownstones, echoes-of-elevated-trains, […]

Of Beauty, and of Death

  Forgive me with kindness for speaking of something as morose such as of beauty and death in the same breath but both are breathing, iconic, mysterious, and often misunderstood. Beauty and of death are seldom the point of reflection in daily life given the emotional and spiritual weight they pay tribute to.  The world […]

Poetry: Of Beauty, and of Death

  O’ beauty and of death, when do the drumbeats rest for those blessed? When do the drumbeats rest for the transgressed? When do the drumbeats rest for the obsessed? O’ beauty and of death, the sky is thy paper and the sea is thy ink. Remember what beauty is, and the moon shall shed […]

Panoramic Landscape Photography: Past and Present

 

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 bonds […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]