Saturday, November 30, 2013



The Commons
Co-housing community where I stayed with Keith and Mary



Natural Stone Sculptures


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tepoztlan, Mexico Annual Fiesta

 Every year at the end of the first week in September, Tepoztlan has its town festival. This runs over several days and includes diverse elements: processions, performance, art, and ritual. There is a sundown hike to the pyramid and a ritual there. The marketplace is cleared and a performance stage erected. One play features the mythological story of the origin  of the city. There are many parades. The arched entrance to the churchyard has its very decorative mosaic, composed entirely of beans of different shapes, colors and sizes, entirely removed and then replaced. A truly joyous affair!

Performance stage

Art--mosaic on churchyard entrance removed and redone

Mosaic detail

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Even Eagles Need a Push Movie

Even Eagles Need a Push Movie: We've all seen it, or felt it, at some point in our life; how just one moment of encouragement can change a life forever. It can be the greatest gift you'll ever give...or receive.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Some of My Houseplants

Sadly to say, there is no land outside my rented room to grow plants. The door enters directly into the street, and other sides are drop offs. Of course there are advantages. More photos of these plants upcoming. The sequel to The Bumpy Road may be called Travels and Travails of a Gringo Gardener.
Is this a good title?

            window sill garden                                         some indoor plants

                                            Can you guess what this is?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Whenever You're Down, When You Think Life Isn't Fair To You, Watch This Video, And Think About It!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

During a shopping trip to Mexico City (otherwise known as D.F., Districo Federal), I took these photos while visiting one of my favorite sections:

a. The Plaza

b. Avenida Sosa

Monday, July 1, 2013

Stone Temples of Tepoztlan

Tepozteco pyramid



                                                                  La Ventana (The Window)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Happy Sunday!
Here are some churches of Tepoztlan, Mexico.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Your children are not your children
They are the sons and daughters of
Life's longing for itself.

     --Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Now also available in Ebook format!

"The Bumpy Road" by Don Karp

Reading The Bumpy Road promotes self-examination and encourages transformation. Everyone lives a personal “hero’s journey”. The Bumpy Road shows how culture clash is a muse for creative transformation. It tells the story of childhood followed by adolescent confusion. A boy struggles to become a man by buying into institutions that did not work for him--a marriage to a woman, whose entire self-concept was tied to “the relationship”, and as a science student in academia where success is about publish or perish: lies, back-stabbing, and the old boys' club. The 60’s culture came and personal chaos ensued. Relying on mental institutions to correct the evils of the aforementioned institutions created new problems instead. But the human spirit is resilient. The Bumpy Road details how the habit of going to the hospital for help was broken, and a new artistic identity replaced the old one. Primed for seizing cultural diversity opportunities, new struggles and successes were encountered in Mexico.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

This is my "cloud atlas". It's the day before full moon and the day after solstice. The beginning of the rainy season. I certainly have my head in the clouds! Head in the clouds, feet on the ground.

Monday, June 10, 2013