Romas built it straight out of scratch. His very own tractor.
That's what you do when there is little money but lots of smarts.
The day is ending, and they are done working in
the fields. There is a lot to be done on the farm, but Romas has
his ways of making things easy, even fun.
Gabriela, nine years old.
She never knew her father. And now she had to watch three
men kill her mother.
At the mission she eagerly wanted my company, sometimes offering
chewing gum for the favor. One time she asked to borrow my little
phrasebook and she sat at a table concentrating for a long time,
occasionally glancing up at me with those eyes. She was composing
After half an hour she triumphantly handed me the masterpiece:
cookie I eat.
You cross the country, you go west to California.
Then Los Angeles, then all the way to the Pacific Ocean, as far
as you can go, and then there is a feast on the beach. A veritable
orgy of Yankee creativity.
Monte Tabor, Mexico.
The mural depicts Mary appearing before the children in Fatima,
the spiritual birthplace of sister Ana and sister Francesca.
They are Carmelite nuns living on this mountain between Tijuana
It is a magic mountain.
If you want to do some timetravel, and you don't mind driving
over roots and rocks on a no-lane forest road, then you just
have to come here. I spent last winter with the handful of hardy
folks that remain and keep the old ways of living alive.