". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Gift!

An old dear activist friend arrived from New Mexico, despite this really bad weather. We've traveled to Cuba with him often. He's still going several times a year and keeps us close with unseen friends until we can travel there again.

He brought me a sack of dried chili pods and a sack of posole!

We had just picked up four pork center loin-rib roasts from Chinatown. Woo. We're gonna have fun now.

Or, as Vaquero put it, "He brought you a passel of love from a whole other part of the country." I thought that was a lovely way of putting it.


K. said...

Do you have enough for two more?

Have you heard Omara Potuondo's CD Gracias. It's not only a very nice album, it has a wonderful booklet with pictures of her from childhood on. Everything from candid family photos to glam shots.

Foxessa said...

When it comes to holiday eating there is always room for more! That's where the joy is located.

Omara followed in the Rockefeller Fellowship after we left. Just in time for Katrina. She spent most of her time in Chicago.

But Ned had met her long before. I think he did an Afropop with her too. So yes, we've had the album for a while.

Love, C.

T. said...

Yes! Me too!

(We're going to attempt to get to Whole Foods today to pick up our prime rib. We're bribing a friend who has 4-wheel drive, as we're still stuck in a black hole of ice.)

Merry Happy Days!

Foxessa said...

It's pouring rain here, which is expected to last through a significant part of tomorrow. So we're not going upstate, but will have a couple friends over in the for old-fashioned, midwestern manner, around noon. But we're not having turkey.

I'm behind in getting things together for the meals because of the weather, and now this!

But at least it's melting the ice, and it is NOT snow, thank goodness.

You all have a merry and delicious time, you all!

Love, C.