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"Pedro Lasch in his map and article "Latino/a America" envisions the Americas without any boundaries. He discusses how a map can show traces of immigrants travels. His work explores how globalization enforces boundaries to loosen the flow of capital while preventing movement of people."

"Pedro Lasch en su mapa y artículo, 'Latino/a America,' considera las Américas sin fronteras. Él discute cómo un mapa puede mostrar rastros de los viajes de inmigrantes. Su obra explora como globalización impone limites para aflojar el flujo de capital mientras se prohibe el movimiento de las personas."

Text from "Mapping Very Large Complicated Machines"
by Ted English for the online broadside Molossus– August 4, 2009.

Cita de "Mapear Maquinas Grandotes y Complicadas" por Ted English para el volante online Molossus– el 4 de Agosto, 2009

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The return 12/10/08


I am back in the United States of America.  I have left a life that will continue in Buenos Aires. The desire I have is that it will be put on hold, but it doesn't work like that.  This I am sure of. I met encouragers, people that serve others with their hearts full, and people who persevere to be better, and good, and to love God.

My first sensation is to double back for my second coming, but I am sure this is not the next step, I trust God and his control, the Mystery.  There is a lot of open ends I have in the USA. It is not that they need to be tied, sealed, or closed They are, however, in need of being attended to.

This "attending to" will not function if I do not trust in God, the Mystery, or keep Him first in everything I do. This is a Christian Evangelical phrase that says, "the spiritual life is at our core and we must be continuously trying to recognize it through discipline, contemplation, and prayer." Prayer is important, it is powerful, and it works. If you ask me for concrete examples I will not be able to provide them. Prayer does not call for concrete examples, nor does it promise to provide them.

In regards to prayer I feel clueless. Besides the basic customs I have observed in my youth and adolescence, the examples that I have experienced while growing up have taught me what I know.
From the Lord's Prayer to prayer circles, written prayers, and then the more tangible prayer; physically transmitting the energy of prayer amongst believers through word and touch (as seen in the picture).

In recognition of the Mystery of prayer, and my ignorance of what the discipline entails, I thank God for putting people in my life that truly pray for me. I believe that some of these encouragers, servants, and friends, I have encountered and learned from this past year continuously step up to a ledge that overwhelms me with anxiety, a ledge that possibly leads to freedom, faith, or something alike. They face it and pray. This I am grateful for even in the sadness and darkness of leaving Argentina. Even when contemplating and accepting that time will continue on in the Southern Cone without me. Amen.

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