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Introduction Toward a De-Colonial Performatics of the US Latina and Latino Borderlands

ARTURO J ALDAMA Indiana University Press ePub


Latinas and Latinos represent the largest and fastest-growing ethnic community in the United States after “non-Hispanic” Whites (14 percent of the US population, approximately 55 million people in 2010).1 Yet the cultural impact of US Latina and Latino aesthetic production has yet to be fully recognized within the US nation-state and beyond. This book moves beyond the by now de-politicized and all-too-familiar cultural theory of the twentieth century and beyond so-called “radicalized” examples of aesthetic production to unravel how culture is performance. Moreover, the following chapters travel beyond the linguistic surfaces and aesthetic limitations of “Latina and Latino” cultural production to reveal the less familiar and unexplored performance terrains of the “Borderlands.” Indeed, Performing the US Latina and Latino Borderlands is a book that challenges readers to engage those profound intercultural, psychic, social, and transnational effects that are being generated through US Latina and Latino testimonio, theater, ceremony, ritual, storytelling, music, dance, improvisation, play, nagualisma-o, call-and-response, spoken-word, visual, body, digital, and sculptural enactments. Each contributing author introduces readers to performance topics, performing artists, and performative enactments that comprise the field of Borderlands Performance Studies. This field is identifiable through its commitment to an alter-Native cultural engineering, the technologies of which we editors identify as “de-colonizing performatics,” and the mestizaje, the hybridity, the bricolage, the rasquache interventions organized around de-colonization that we call “perform-antics.” Join us then as we set the academic stage where complex scholarly engagements are linked with the entertaining, enlightening, and emancipatory aesthetics of Borderlands Performance Studies.2

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3. Cycling Is Faster by Lars Goeller

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Lars Goeller

When I claim that cycling is faster, the first thing you’ll ask is, faster than what? Well, everything else, I’ll say, and mostly cars…. Then you’ll expect me to toss out that old tortoise-and-hare routine and say that slow and steady wins the race. Yes, compared with cars, bicycles are both slow and steady. (Steady because cyclists are notorious for ignoring stop signs.) Unfortunately that particular moral is a load of bull. People never describe Usain Bolt as “slow and steady,” and he wins lots of races. The real moral of that fable is “Don’t be cocky, and don’t take things for granted.” Heeding this moral will help you get where you’re going faster than if you were driving a car.

If you’re traveling less than six miles (ten kilometers), there’s a good chance that riding a bike will be faster than driving a car or even taking the bus. This isn’t because you’re a fast cyclist; it’s because God invented traffic signs. They do several things that favor the cyclist: they limit the speeds that cars travel, the directions they can travel, and where they can park. They also often provide free parking for cyclists right outside their destination. So if you’re traveling a shorter distance, take your bike and get there faster.

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Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

Fred Dow Moon Canyon Publishing PDF

Grand Mesa National Forest


Grand Mesa National Forest


The Grand Mesa National Forest is comprised of 346,219 acres and is located in western Colorado.

There are 13 developed campgrounds of which 12 meet the selection criteria.

To reach the Grand Mesa National Forest, one must climb nearly 6000 feet to its lofty heights.

Located on top of the world's largest flat-top mountain, the Forest is a wondrous place to behold.

The Grand Mesa National Forest is full of crystal blue lakes, diverse wildlife, hiker-friendly trails, and spacious campgrounds in the cool shade of mature woods.

Geologically, Grand Mesa National Forest is actually a mountain capped with as many as 25 different lava flows. Today, the massive lava flows, some as deep as 600 feet, can be seen in the talus field along the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, State Route 65. The lava has protected the softer soil below from the erosion of rain and ice for 10 million years. So, although the glaciers of the long ago Wisconsin Ice Age carved such nearby sights as the Powderhorn, the Grand Mesa continues to tower over the valleys below.

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35. Ciclovia: A Celebration of Car-Free Streets by Jeff Mapes

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Jeff Mapes

When I cycled between the traffic cones strung across Portland’s North Shaver Street, I felt a moment of delicious disorientation. The light motor vehicle traffic of a Sunday morning had vanished, and the road in front of me was suddenly filled with cyclists, walkers, and skaters.

But what really struck me were the kids. They were everywhere, riding in trailers or on a tandem with Mom or Dad. Or they were pedaling furiously on their miniature bikes and trikes, or dashing back and forth across the street on foot. Was there any young family in the city that hadn’t taken to the streets on this summer morning?

That’s how it seemed at Portland’s first Sunday Parkways event in the summer of 2008. An estimated fifteen thousand people made their way to a six-mile loop of streets through one of the city’s pleasant but otherwise unremarkable neighborhoods.

What was the attraction? Well, the loop passed four parks where local bands played and an assortment of vendors and nonprofit groups had set up booths. But the real draw was nothing fancier than residential streets temporarily free of vehicle traffic. They turned into an instant park that attracted thousands of people with the sheer novelty of being able to walk or pedal down an ordinary street without having to worry about cars.

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Fishing for Whoppers

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF



8:17 AM

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Whoppers come in many forms, everything from a hamburger to a big fish, but I happen to be particularly fond of the kind that are measured not by taste or size but in the telling, such as the stories that can be heard around a table on a lazy afternoon in a country tavern—or at a fish camp like the one at Indianola that the old fisherman Ed Bell operated for many years.

Known in his time as one of the best tall tale tellers on the

Texas Coast, one example would be a story that Bell always credited to a friend, Tex Wilson. It seems that Wilson and his wife had been fishing in some fairly deep water when their boat bogged down.

“It had to be four feet of water for it not to kick up any mud,” Bell explained in telling the story. “All at once it just stalled and ol’ Tex couldn’t figure it out since there weren’t any logs or anything there to stop a boat. That was when his wife looked over the bow of the boat and said, ‘Good Lord, Tex, cut that thing off and come here and look a minute.’ He did and there was a big ol’ flounder with his back just flush with the top of the water.

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Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub


Closely related to horses and ponies are, of course, flies. They come with the territory. On a nice warm day a deposit of fresh horse turds will have a thousand flies on it before it hits the ground. I think the flies watch the horse and know when he’s ready to let go, then mill around the exit and grab hold on the way down, fighting for the best spots. Some experts say the fly larvae live in the horse’s bowels and spring to life when the manure lands in the dirt. I doubt that the fly larvae cause much distress to the horse from inside, but once outside, the battle begins, and the horseshoer is right in the middle.

I certainly don’t pretend to know anything technical or scientific about flies, but from my position at ground level, I can describe several kinds and I will tell some stories about each and the battle waged against them by horse and shoer.

The most prominent buzzing nemesis looks like a regular housefly, and for all I know, it is. These flies don’t give up easily. They generally swarm around the feet and ankles of the horse and sometimes get so engrossed (an appropriate word) in the often bloody feast that you can squash them right on the horse. If you wave them off, they rise about an inch and jump right back on. These flies won’t bother a leg that is being held by the shoer, but that leaves three other legs for them to assault. And that’s where the trouble starts. There is no way an average horse is going to stand quietly with one foot in the shoer’s lap and three feet on the ground being eaten by flies. You can yell and shout and insult the horse for wriggling around, but the horse is simply not going to stand still under this kind of fly attack. All of this limits the options for the shoer. Assuming there is no fly spray (more about that later), the shoer will probably try to get as much work done as possible on a foot before the horse reaches the limits of its tolerance and breaks loose, scattering horseshoer and tools.

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2 No Irish in Ireland

Mike Roos Quarry Books ePub

In the heat of this Saturday afternoon, the first of what Betty Roos decided would be a long hot summer in purgatory if not downright hell, she knew the day would be one of those that would drag her to the end of her wits. Wrapped tightly in the crook of her left arm, her nine-month-old baby boy, Scott, wriggled inside a freshly full diaper, while in the desperate grip of her right hand, the chubby paw of Eric, her three-year-old with Down syndrome and a wickedly contrary attitude, struggled to break free. Betty was now in the process of dragging Eric furiously out of the bathroom, where he had just gotten into the storage cabinet beneath the sink and spilled Ajax in powdery streams across the tiled floor. She had found him sitting in it, with both hands caked in gritty white paste, just as he was about to lick them clean. Having narrowly averted disaster, she left the bathroom mess for later. Now, she had to let go of Eric just long enough to yank the bathroom door closed, but it was more than enough time for him to waddle away out of reach toward the living room, with a devilish giggle.

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Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Bisected by a virtually impassable mountain range – aptly named the High Rolling Mountains – rugged Mindoro is part tropical paradise, part provincial backwater. Forming a dramatic backdrop almost everywhere, the mountains separate the island’s two provinces: rough and rugged Mindoro Occidental to the west, and more prosperous Mindoro Oriental to the east.

Most tourists head to the dive resorts around Puerto Galera on the north coast, but there is much more to Mindoro. If you prefer remote to resort, venture into Mindoro Occidental where virtually tourist-free Sablayan, jumping-off point for the pristine dive mecca Apo Reef, awaits. Better roads are making this once hard-to-reach province more accessible than ever.

Mindoro’s south coast has unforgettable island-hopping, while in the mountainous interior you can hike to remote villages populated by one of Asia’s most primitive tribes, the Mangyan.

AApr-May The rainy season has yet to begin and the winds are at their calmest for Apo Reef.

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Biking, Rafting & Kayaking

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

While Nepal may be synonymous with trekking, its world-class rapids and exhilarating mountain descents are made for white-water rafting and mountain biking. The bike trails suggested here are best suited to more experienced riders with a good level of fitness. And while most can be done on your own, you’ll often need to rely on locals for directions, so hiring a guide or signing up for an organised tour will make life considerably easier. Meanwhile the rafting and kayaking routes are suitable for beginners and pros alike, and your choice is dependent on how much of a buzz you can handle.

With the nature of mountain biking and rafting, these physical pursuits were not adversely affected by the 2015 earthquakes, but check before you set off for a route to make sure the trails are clear and rivers are flowing freely.

AFor cyclists October to November offers generally clear skies, warm day time temperatures and it's not too cold at night.

AFor rafting Mid- to late October through to the end of November offers the warmest waters and rapids that are exciting without being life threatening. March to May is good for families.

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Geraldine Ellis Watson University of North Texas Press PDF
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28 Invasion of the Little Green Men

Mike Roos Quarry Books ePub

On Saturday, March 16, 1963, the sun did not rise on southern Indiana. Instead, the sky grew incrementally less dark, mutating from a tarry black into a deep charcoal, then finally transforming into an unbroken medium gray, revealing low-hanging nimbus clouds that scored the land with a diluvial mid-March rain. At the Esquire Motel, Pete and Roy raised the boys for breakfast at nine AM. Beneath an umbrella outside the Merry-Go-Round, Roy put a quarter in the newsstand for the morning edition of the Courier.

The front page of the sports section featured the five Spuds starters staring at readers from center page, as photographed by Bill Adkins the night before on the motel room bed. Roy’s amusement disappeared when he noticed the subheading of the “Sew It Seams” column, beneath the byline of veteran sports editor Dan Scism. It read, “Invasion by Ireland.”

“What are we?” he muttered. “Little green men from Mars?” After scanning the column, he handed the paper grimly to Pete. “Read what the Grand Poobah has to say about us.”

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Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Despite boasting jaw-dropping beaches, killer surf, rugged mountain ranges and indigenous cultures living very much as they have for centuries, Mindanao remains off the tourism industry’s radar. Of course, the conflict that has ebbed and flowed now for several generations bears much of the responsibility. That’s not to say there isn’t urbanisation – much of the northern coastline has been paved over, and the southern city of Davao is cosmopolitan and sophisticated – just that much of what has been lost elsewhere in the Philippines is alive in Mindanao.

Though the area's big, because of its varied ethnographic make-up, competing land claims and highly prized abundant natural resources, Mindanao can seem undersized. Since the 1950s Muslims have been the minority and are the majority in only four of the 21 provinces, where 14,000 sq km are given over to the pending Bangsamoro, an autonomous region previously known as the ARMM, an area that includes islands stretching towards Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Perth & Fremantle

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Planted by a river and beneath an almost permanent canopy of blue sky, the city of Perth is a modern-day boom town, stoking Australia's economy from its glitzy central business district. Yet it remains as relaxed as the sleepy Swan River – black swans bobbing atop – which winds past the skyscrapers and out to the Indian Ocean.

Even in its boardrooms, Perth's heart is down at the beach, tossing around in clear ocean surf and stretching out on the sand. The city's beaches trace the western edge of Australia for some 40km, and you can have one to yourself on any given day – for a city this size, Perth is sparsely populated.

Perth has sprawled to enfold Fremantle within its suburbs, yet the port city maintains its own distinct personality, proud of its nautical ties, working-class roots, bohemian reputation and, especially, its football team.

AFeb Perth's Arts Festival is on and school starts, so the beaches are less crowded.

AMar Warm and dry, so great weather for the beach, and not as swelteringly hot.

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The Gold Coast

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

The Gold Coast

Boasting 35 beaches, 300 sunny days and four million visitors a year, the Gold Coast serves up a sexy Aussie cocktail of sun, surf and sand. It’s no cliché to say that the beaches here are spectacular, with outstanding waves at Burleigh Heads, Currumbin and Kirra: it’s one of the best places to learn to surf in Australia. Behind the beach is a shimmering strip of high-rise apartments, eateries, bars, clubs and theme parks. The party capital is Surfers Paradise, where the fun sucks you into a dizzying vortex and spits you back out exhausted. The hype diminishes drastically as you head south, with Broadbeach’s sandy chic, Burleigh Heads’ seaside charm and Coolangatta’s laid-back surfer ethos. In the lush, subtropical hinterland, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks offer rainforest walks, waterfalls, sweeping views and cosy mountain retreats.

Jan Summer means sun, heat, busy beaches and the Big Day Out festival.

Jun–Aug Winter brings tourists from the chilly south chasing the sun.

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Fiordland & Southland

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Welcome to scenery that travellers dream of and cameras fail to do justice to.

To the west is Fiordland National Park, with jagged misty peaks, glistening lakes and fiords, and a remarkable surfeit of stillness. Enter this beautiful isolation via the world-famous Milford Track, just one of many trails that meander through densely forested, glacier-sculptured valleys confined by mighty mountain ranges. Fiordland is also home to Milford and Doubtful Sounds, where verdant cliffs soar almost vertically from deep, indigo waters.

In Southland’s east, a sharp turn off the beaten track leads through the peaceful Catlins, where waterfalls cascade through lush forest and diverse wildlife congregates around a rugged and beautiful coastline.

And then there's the end of the line – Stewart Island/Rakiura, an isolated isle home to friendly seafarers and a flock of beautiful rare birds, including New Zealand’s beloved icon, the kiwi.

AVisit from December to April for the best chance of settled weather amid Fiordland's notoriously fickle climate (although chances are, you'll still see rain!).

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