Shoji Arts Blog

Manuela Amzallag, A Calling in the Medina—Marrakesh

June 15, 2022
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Shape, light, color and texture tug at my senses like an intoxicating fragrance.  The urge to capture an instant jolts my mind into full aliveness.  It can be as simple as two shadows gliding across a wall, a gracefully errant wilting flower, or catching the look of a stranger in an uncanny instant. I lift my camera.  Awe, curiosity, energy and stillness combine to create what begs to be framed. 

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Knowledge is Power

January 31, 2021
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Knolwedge is Power. What do Martin Luther King, Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh, and José Rizal have in common? Read more to find out. In today’s post I honor José Rizal, conceived by many people as the beloved national hero of the Philippines.

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Saguaro

December 21, 2020
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For anyone following along on the blog—Thank You—Megan found out she got the job with Keshet Dance in Albuquerque! She and Jon will be moving to New Mexico in early 2021.

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5-Day Trek

December 8, 2020
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❝Do a diary or write down every detail, thought, feelings, etc. for your 5-day trek… for posterity.❞
—Dad, December 4, 2020

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El Paso

December 5, 2020
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On my road trip through Texas last week, I made it a mission to see an old Spanish mission.  This El Paso landmark was originally established in 1691 as Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción de Los Piros del Socorro.  The current structure, operating today as the parish Socorro Mission La Purísima, was renovated following a flood in 1829.  “It remains one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements of the Southwest,” reads the monument.

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Skeleton Canyon

December 2, 2020
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“The surrender of Geronimo in Skeleton Canyon on that historic day [September 6, 1886] forever ended Indian warfare in the United States,” says the monument.

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Chiricahua National Monument

December 1, 2020
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To the Chiricahua Apache, this place was Yahdeshut, “Point of Rocks.” Today it is known as Massai Point, after one of the last Chiricahua Apache warriors, Big Foot Massai.

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