The State of My World, March 2018: Quinoa

I’m trying to get better about posting this blog at the beginning of the month, but every beginning has an end and here we are again at the end of the month...with 5-ish hours to spare!   ‘sall good though b/c I’ve had a few ideas of what to write about but ultimately  what got this month started was…quinoa.  

I’ve been cooking up a quinoa storm lately, casseroles, soups, salads even patties.  Unrelated to this recent cooking venture, three years ago I was able to visit the land of the quinoa itself, Peru (did not go there b/c of quinoa, but it is all I ate while there, thank you freakishly high altitude). I also realized I haven’t posted many pics from that trip so here are a few.

               Quinoa Field, Peru

Quinoa (keen-wah…as in “I’m so KEEN on Chickie WAH wah, haha) is known for being a versatile superfood packed with nutrients and proteins.   I s’pose my mind has been wandering to one in particular DELICiOUS quinoa soup that I had in Peru and have since tried to replicate it (read: tried) and that is maybe what launched my recent obsession.  Or maybe …it was the need to sustain versatility.  A full-time artist is a Creator, Creative Director, Business Manager, Accountant, Coordinator, Teacher, the list goes on …..in other words ….in order to Survive, an Artist has to be versatile, no matter where the strengths and weaknesses lie. So adding a versatile grain into my diet and contemplating said versatility rather than working on my taxes seems apropos at this time.

Yet I also think back to Peru itself.  There is no way to experience Peru and not include the word “versatile”. With a variety of topography and climates, being able to adapt to the 4-seasons-in-one-day is essential and lets not forget that pesky high altitude thing.  

So maybe the theme of this blog is not necessarily quinoa, but versatility, adaptability.  Yet somehow quinoa, Peru and a sun-god lizard relates.  In my photography classes I often repeat the phrase "everything is relative".  What works for one shot doesn't necessarily work for the next and the photographer is constantly adapting to the current and ever-changing conditions, scenes and subjects. Throw the business side into the mix and we are adapting all over the place.   Quinoa, in all its culinary versatility, Peru with its ever changing landscape and lizards with their righteous ability to adapt, reminds me that everything is connected and that the world is as large or as small as we want it to be, how we choose to perceive it, and adapt to it, is entirely up to us. 

Til next time....

** I do intend at some point to post my photos of Peru..stay tuned.. **

 

 

all content (c) Natasha Sanchez  2018

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Ushering in a new World Tour era - in Welcome, Louisiana

The World is only as large or as small as we want it to be - 'tis a lasting premise of the World Tour, which began in July 2011.  After visiting over twenty enchanting locales all over the world (all conveniently located within Louisiana), the State of My World

proved to be much larger than I ever envisioned.  I have had the good fortune to share my experiences with others through my blog, photo exhibitions and in performance with my one woman show, Louisiana: The State of My World, which was most recently produced in Hammond, Louisiana (once part of the British Territory of West Florida). To accompany the performance and to bookend the last 5 years of my ever-changing, never-changing, life-changing World Tour, I created the World Tour songbook featuring photographs and lyrics to 7 of my World Tour adventure tunes.  You can peruse/purchase on blurb.com or  wait for the State of My World tour bus to arrive in your hometown (teehee) as I am currently retooling the performance piece and will soon be searching for exciting new venues to share my world.

But alas, for every ending there is a  beginning so in 2016 - it is time to begin anew.  I am embarking on a new World Tour expedition!  I'll explore familiar areas but with a new angle - said angle will be revealed once I actually go somewhere - but for now I thought it apropos to welcome in this new endeavor by visiting Welcome, LA.

Welcome, Louisiana

Welcome is located on the West Bank of the Mighty Mississippi. As per World Tour protocol, one of my favorite parts of my trip to Welcome was the journey itself. I was stuck in swampy traffic for an hour, but I took the opportunity to write a song that I'd been meaning to write and the sights were a delight.

                           Waiting for Traffic                                                            Crawfish Season! 

In Welcome I discovered fields of sugar cane, wildflowers and long endless roads.

Sugar Cane* Wildflowers* Long Endless Road

The Inner Geographer in me noted that Rome(ville) was just across the river from Welcome, so off I went..

The Bridge to Rome(ville)

However, the Inner Geographer in me didn't complete any postgraduate academic work so had a heck of a time trying to find Rome(ville). The tomatos really should have tipped me off..

Again, true to World Tour form, there were signs to let me know I was on the right track.

St Mary's Chapel    Convent, Louisiana

And then I found the sign:

Romeville * Romeville Road * Almost perfectly framed tree

I left the area feeling quite content

and ready to start a new chapter of the World Tour, 

exploring the World we live in.

Welcome Wildflowers

Til next time....

 

 

all content (c) Natasha Sanchez