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  • We have been gone, my husband and I, for 2 and a half months, traveling through Canada and the US. In a couple of days we will return home to our beloved and sad, so very sad Mexico. During the last weeks 43 students have been killed in Iguala, one of the big cities in the state of Guerrero ( yes: exactly: where Acapulco is!), They protested against the Young and beautiful and terrible wife of a mayor in a small town. This woman is the sister of 3 powerful drug lords. She just had the students disappear and very probably killed. Searching for the students pólice has discovered graves with 150 bodies and nobody can say, who these people were, but they are NOT the 43 students. The country is in uproar, people marching, looting and blocking streets everywhere. The Guerrero governor, it seems , was the lover of that terror - queen, had all his campaign paid by the drug mafia - and is from the LEFTIST party....

    Meanwhile the lady - mayor of Matamoros seems to have kidnapped three Young Americans and they are missing, because she wanted to steal their car!!! She is from the conservative PAN - Party.

    All the same soup, corrupt narco - politicians,,,

    I am fearful, I am sad I need to remind myself of other issues and there come the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forests up. We never planned to go there, but happened to discover that 13 miles south of the small town of Bishop, in between Yosemite and Death Valley, there is a wonderfully built and well - paved road climbing up to 11.000 feet and there, in a neat Visitor Center, we encountered two elderly ladies filled with love, enthusiasm and information about the Ancient Bristlecones.

    No, they are not as wide and impressive as the 2000 - year - old Tule - Tree outside of Oaxaca in Mexico. They are not as tall as the 3000 - year - old Redwood Tree in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite. But they are old! They are older tan the Tule and the Grizzly Tree. These Bristlecones are pretty short and gnarly and two of the ones up there are 4.700 years old. They were born about the time first higher human civilization began and writing was invented. They are still growing. They have seen it all or could have, had they eyes. All the wars and all the art and all the struggling. But maybe these tres do not care more about me tan I do about a fly that comes buzzing by me?

    To me they are examples of strength, they at least seem the way I try to become more through meditation: undetached and keenly observing...but probably that is just my own wishful thinking and an illusion

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    Photography by Kiki
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