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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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Monday, October 4, 2010

Sabbath. Painting. Double Hammock. 10-4-2010

So this year my Monday's will be sabbath days or days of rest.

In my mind I was thinking "no Internet Paul, no Internet!" I think out loud when I'm alone.
Although, as I find myself typing up this blog I continue to indulge in one of the most self-amusing times during my days which involves making plans or developing ideas and never sticking with them. Sometimes these ideas or plans can be a little more detailed than fasting from the Internet for a day.


"In 3 years I want to be settled in a nice corner studio apartment in downtown Denver with an easy drive to the mountains. I will be volunteering with Latinos, mainly of Salvadorian decent, working on my masters in Social Work (emphasis on border cultures). I will own an English Sheep Dog named Liam, playing Thursday nights with my band The Monotones at the cafe/microbrewery I work at part-time during the week."

thats honest.

Today is a beautiful day in Buenos Aires. I woke up early to check if the gas had been turned back on at the church, so far no signs of any. Consequently, that means no hot shower and preparing my pot of water for Maté on the gas grill. My plans consist of reading, praying, and wandering around the city. Those are some different ways I like to rest and reflect on things.

Before heading out of Bajo Flores, my neighborhood, I will walk around the block.
I intend to chat it up with guy who sells, books, magazines, and newspapers at the corner and talk about a few current events (and see how much a paper costs) then I will mosey on down to this small cultural center just 3-4 store fronts down from our church front door to see if they could use a hand throughout the week. They usually don't.

This past weekend I hung out with the youth of the church. We had a Saturday Night meeting with all of them which will be once a month. Then on Sunday some of the guys came over and we watched some football (soccer) matches while they also played Monopoly. Our group and I ate with the elderly ladies and man, Señor Marcos. Marcos and I seem to have a lot in common (My group in Mission Year consists of 5 women so we sort of have this unspoken common bond).

A few of the ladies sang some tangos for us as well as recited some poetry, it was lovely. Definitely different after church lunch experience. The beauty of different cultures, religions, practices, values and beliefs. I will always opt for after service poetry readings!

Last week my team and I went around to different sites of the community to see and experience some of the possible volunteer opportunities.

I leave you with some pics from the first week. The first few are of a painting that Scott Erickson painted live in the park across from our church/apartment and another one of Marcelo (the lead pastor of La Misión) attempting to hang out with me in the Double Hammock. Peace.

In Plaza Francisco Sicardi

Scott explained his appreciation of most graffiti. Also, he mentioned that graffiti is part of a city and can be one of the most representative elements of the city. Generally, many people tend to see it as dirty, as vandalism, and send out signals of oppression, darkness, pain and hurt. Many people think they must get out of a city to be refreshed and to actually feel the light and newness of life. But the Roots of these Easter Lilies, or of Life, are found at the heart of the city and humanity. If the heart is pure and alive and rooted in Truth and Love it can create something beautiful in the midst of something that is perceived as ruined, damaged, blemished, hopeless, or unattractive.

I forgot this puppy can only support 400lbs and realized that I currently weigh 200 plus and Marcelo is taller than me.


  1. PAUL! you are blogging again, hooray! glad to see you are back in BA, i know how you love it. can't wait to hear more of your time there.

  2. Love the pictures!! It's good to read your update. We are praying for you!