The Snake & The Pyramid

Along we went, a tiny black ant and I, baking under the Mexican sun.  Walking in my shadow, it carried an insect over its head to some unseen destination.    Other ants came marching in from the forest, by the hundreds, falling into formation like freeway traffic.  But in short time they came upon their colony, the dirty pyramid that marked the labyrinth below, the ants’ monument to civilization.  Around it they gathered in a frenzied pile of black, no one different from any other. From up ahead my aunt called my name, waving between passing people in the middle of the trail.  Down the path lay the ruined Mayan city of Chichen Itza...

Golden Aspens

We set out on our journey to find aspens in their full glory . . . and find them we did.   We wander, basking in the hues of flaming gold.   “There is a profoundness in this beauty,” she says, “listen to their whispers.”   A river of gold.   The...

African Banjos

Béla Fleck is the best banjo player out there.  He went to Africa to rediscover the roots of his instrument and play with the native musicians of Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, and Mali in his 2009 documentary Throw Down Your Heart.  In this clip, a thumb-piano player named Ruth throws down her...