Travel Is So Inspiring! City of York

Street Performer, City of York, England

Street Performer, City of York, England

York is so quaint, and the cathedral is beautiful.

Self was last here (in the City of York) when she was 11.

Self was last here (in the City of York) when she was 11.

And this Magic Ball Man was great fun to watch:

Street Performer, York, England

Street Performer, York, England

The reason these shots are so tight was: last week’s WordPress Photo Challenge was CLOSE UP. And she was trying to find pictures to post. Hence, these.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Inspiration 3: People

Summer 2015 Rocks!

Because this.

Relaxing Post-Brunch at Jenny's House in Oxford, UK

Relaxing Post-Brunch at Jenny’s House in Oxford, UK

Demonstration for Climate Change: London's South Bank, Wednesday June 17, 2015

Demonstration for Parliament to Address Climate Change: London’s South Bank, Wednesday June 17, 2015

Alan Whitehead, the Southampton MP, meeting with his constituents on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the Thames's South Bank

Alan Whitehead, the Southampton MP, meeting with his constituents on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the Thames’s South Bank

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Ramblings: PANK Going Off-line/ J Journal List of Pushcart-Nominated Stories and Etc.

PANK, the on-line literary magazine, is going off-line in December.

WOE!

PANK published a story of self’s in issue 9.5 — “Seeing.”

She isn’t sure what’s going to happen now to the archived stories. Do they just disappear?

Here’s a link; it’s at least viable until PANK goes off the grid:

http://pankmagazine.com/piece/seeing/

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And, while self is at it, here’s another link, this to the Pushcart-nominated stories that appeared in J Journal, one of which was self’s “Magellan’s Mirror” (Volume 5, No. 2, Fall 2012)

http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/jjournal/V5N2/Villanueva_MagellansMirror.pdf

J Journal published an excerpt from “Magellan’s Mirror,” here:

http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/jjournal/V5N2/Villanueva_MagellansMirror.pdf

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And, while on the topic of Pushcart nominations, last year, her story “The Elephant,” was nominated by Your Impossible Voice.

She has had several of these already, stretching back decades. Let’s see, how many already? Five or six.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

What Is a Mestizo?

From J. H. Elliott’s review of Imperialism and the Origins of Mexican Culture, by Colin M. MacLachlan, in The New York Review of Books, 9 July 2015:

Although the racial definiton of a Mestizo is a person born to Indian and European parents, a better definition of a Mestizo is a person who functions within a modified culture drawn from both the indigenous and European historical-cultural experience: in short, those who embrace cultural mestizaje and organize their personal life and behavior accordingly.

Colonial Mexico was “an acutely caste-conscious society, in which the boundaries of each casta would be meticulously delineated in the famous sets of eighteenth-century casta paintings, more than a hundred of which are known.”

And that is all self can post for now, but she is sure dear blog readers will agree that image and reality are so far apart in the matter of race because no one wants to acknowledge any blurring of categories. It is just too difficult. But identity cannot be constructed without taking account of race, so what are we to do?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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