Here’s part of an email I sent Silvana this morning: ” i spent gazing at the birds, the river, the quiet setting.. i heard the sound of children’s voices – quite loud, and went to the other window to see a mother, father, two children and a burro heading ‘home’ wherever that was.. i suppose after a weekend in town.

the burro was loaded with bags… the sight humbled me, made me think of the story of mary and joseph traveling thru the landscape…

i drank horchata tea – strong brew with three bags.. i ate an orange that papalito swore to me was a grapefruit… i smiled knowing that i was right – yet knew that i’d not feel superior by telling him that he was wrong! he might be chuckling now and wondering if the gringa discovered the orange amongst the toronjas.

and then i went downstairs, eyed the floor that i stopped painting at ten when i surrendered to sleep… booted up the computer.. read a few emails.. saw the notice for your post… and your email… decided to read your post first…. oh wow. i almost cried before i started reading, because i suspected what you were going to say…

and of course i cried…

BRAVO!!!!

monoaullador.

Being without internet connexion at home has not helped me much to catch up some ideas, activities and experiences that I have had lately.

But the sad news I received last Thursday August 15 has forced me to find an internet service to express what I think.

In 2007 President Rafael Correa for whom I voted in every election that he has participated since 2006 announced one of the most extraordinary proposal at The General Assembly of the United Nations, the country’s commitment to maintain indefinitely unexploited reserves of 846 million barrels of oil in the ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini), equivalent to the 20% of the country’s reserves, located in Yasuní National Park inside Ecuadorian Amazon. Correa proposed the international community contributes financially with at least 3.6 billion U.S., a sum that represents half of the revenue lost to the Ecuadorian state. The money would go into a capital fund to be…

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