Kids

Haitian Broom and little boy Mich

The crack in this wall began after a contractor built a security grate of ironwork on top of the storage unit so thieves couldn't slip in at night and help themselves to someone else's food. The crack has dangerously expanded and weakened the wall, and, in extension,...

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Lucky Top Dog

Lucky has had two litters. Her first litter was given away and taken at night when no one was paying attention. This second litter of seven is housed in a suitcase under the front porch of the guest house.  Besides the banging of mango's falling on the roof,...

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Gwen graduates – Video Kindergarden ceremony

On this day, Gwen graduates from kindergarten at a local community center. It takes some urging to go on stage with her aunt April, but she walks on and is recognized.There are recitations by some of the kids, comments by teacher's and invited guests, a small lunch...

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Painted nails girls having fun

Today, Gwen wants blue toenails. She is four years old but has a mind of her own, like all of us. Today, Alma sits on the floor in a doorway and carefully puts a new more beautiful blue on previously red toenails. Every little girl needs these moments. Alma knows this...

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Mosquito Fires- Video farming in Mogpog

This old man farms seven days a week. He comes out early in the morning wearing flip flops, shorts, a long sleeved shirt and a baseball cap with a big brim.He has a machete in a sleeve on his belt and when he sees something that needs trimmed he pulls its long blade...

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Old/New Buildings in Marinduque

Buildings on Marinduque run the gamut from simple to complex. They can be as small as this tiny wood frame square box with a thatched roof, unscreened windows, padlocked front door, built off the ground, no air conditioning ,no electric, no plumbing. They can also be...

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Down by the River wash day

Every day is laundry day in Mogpog. A few do their laundry at home in washing machines. Most do it at home in their front yards using buckets of water, one for soapy suds and the other for rinsing. Some few still go the river to clean their clothes, using cane sticks...

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Fish Tacos Best on Earth

Tulum has two faces. There is the Hotel Zone which is a strip of bars, restaurants, hotels, retail shops along the main road running along the beach all the way south to a biosphere nature preserve called Sian Kian. Then there is the Mexican town of Tulum where locals...

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Drumbeats Neighborhood parade

I hear and follow the rhythms. This gathering, at a Calzada street intersection, is a neighborhood parade of girls in traditional dress, a brigade of drummers, a crowd following the action. This little group is practicing for a much larger extravaganza celebrating the...

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Baseball at the Lion’s Park Saturday morning in Granada

When growing up, baseball was the national sport of the United States. We had the New York Yankees, a multi World Series winning team with a barn full of horses like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Coach Casey Stengel and many others. One of the...

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