A beautiful country, lots of open spaces between villages, growing grains mostly, rainfall good which makes us jealous, did a selenium spa all day today. Bill and Shavda.
“Man is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion—several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven.”
—-Mark Twain (1835-1910), Letters from the Earth, “The Damned Human Race,” 1909 Continue Reading →
LIVING ON THE LAKE
A Field Report from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
By William Olkowski
I have been here two months now but felt my experiences here are worth recording as it’s a most unique place with a unique mix of people, organisms, and environments.
Lake Atitlan is a fresh water basin formed by eruptions 11 million years earlier, or so Wikipedia says. It’s now surrounded by three volcanoes, one of which still rumbles at various times that I have perceived. The Lake is 8 x 16 miles across and over 300 meters deep, feeds two rivers, but has waterfalls, rivers and creeks pouring in during the rainy season, late May to October. We witnessed an unusual rain storm in early April which was most impressive in the volume per minute for a few hours on two different days. Apparently that sort of rain fall occurs regularly for months during the rainy season. April is when the holiday ends for tourists. Hangers on says heavy mold grows during this time, so much so that it’s difficult to breathe, but those are probably a minority. After the rain the air feels clean here at lake side. Continue Reading →
Shavda and I are just back from the festival in LA with some casual and in depth feedback to organizers and potential visitors next time.
We enjoyed the festival despite the $15/day parking, 2.5 hr drive, LA traffic, noise at the Fest, poor sound systems for speakers, and confusing floor arrangements which pitted conversations with vendors against speakers on different stages among vendors. It would have been better to arrange speakers separately even extend the daily time frame so speakers would have a listening audience without the added noise from background music and the crowd voices. As someone who has lost some hearing I am sensitive to noise and voices so form my opinions about clarity of voice communications beyond the normal.