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Throwback Thursday: in story form.
My mother had a jewelry studio. It was in the garage of our house in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After school I would sit on the steps just inside the studio and listen to the conversations my mom, Dan, and Doc would have. Dan and Doc both worked for my mother. They seemed like brothers than friends. They bonded over the difficultly of quitting smoking, a love of metal music, and political debating. All of these conversations took place as they cut copper, lit the welding torch, soldered the metal, pickled and buffed the jewelry. On one particular day after school I sat listening to a song and its lyrics: “If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man,
You win some, lose some, all the same to me,
The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say,
I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is
The Ace Of Spades”. 
I said to Dan and Doc “oh I like this song. Who is it?” Dan and Doc both stopped what they were doing. “It’s Motörhead” they said simultaneously and incredulously. “Teresa why does Maya not know who Motörhead is?!” My mom smiled “she is more into R&B”.  I smiled and said “I like this song. I want to know more about this music.” Doc and Dan gave me a quick overview of rock and metal. I asked them how they knew each other- I loved they way they wove there conversations together. Doc said, “We’ve known each other since ‘Nam.’ Doc was Vietnamese, Dan was a Vietnam soldier. As I continued to come in everyday after school to talk to Dan and Doc I realized they were both amazing people who were hurt, scarred, traumatized. They were both victims of a war that neither wanted any part of. They were suppose to be enemies and yet they were the same. They were brothers- victims of other peoples greed and ideologies. I learned so much from them. It was Dan that told me “Led Zeppelin, listen, you’ll love it.” I did. I do. It was Doc that showed me to forgive but never to forget, “or else we will repeat the same mistakes over and over and over again.”
We do. And I wish we didn’t.

Throwback Thursday: in story form.
My mother had a jewelry studio. It was in the garage of our house in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After school I would sit on the steps just inside the studio and listen to the conversations my mom, Dan, and Doc would have. Dan and Doc both worked for my mother. They seemed like brothers than friends. They bonded over the difficultly of quitting smoking, a love of metal music, and political debating. All of these conversations took place as they cut copper, lit the welding torch, soldered the metal, pickled and buffed the jewelry. On one particular day after school I sat listening to a song and its lyrics: “If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man,
You win some, lose some, all the same to me,
The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say,
I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is
The Ace Of Spades”.
I said to Dan and Doc “oh I like this song. Who is it?” Dan and Doc both stopped what they were doing. “It’s Motörhead” they said simultaneously and incredulously. “Teresa why does Maya not know who Motörhead is?!” My mom smiled “she is more into R&B”. I smiled and said “I like this song. I want to know more about this music.” Doc and Dan gave me a quick overview of rock and metal. I asked them how they knew each other- I loved they way they wove there conversations together. Doc said, “We’ve known each other since ‘Nam.’ Doc was Vietnamese, Dan was a Vietnam soldier. As I continued to come in everyday after school to talk to Dan and Doc I realized they were both amazing people who were hurt, scarred, traumatized. They were both victims of a war that neither wanted any part of. They were suppose to be enemies and yet they were the same. They were brothers- victims of other peoples greed and ideologies. I learned so much from them. It was Dan that told me “Led Zeppelin, listen, you’ll love it.” I did. I do. It was Doc that showed me to forgive but never to forget, “or else we will repeat the same mistakes over and over and over again.”
We do. And I wish we didn’t.

Collages by Joe Webb. See more at: http://www.joewebbart.com/ xo Maya

My friend Chuck’s comic strip called ‘Bounce’ (and yes, he really is a bouncer) check it out! http://www.bounce-comic.com xo Maya

My friend Chuck’s comic strip called ‘Bounce’ (and yes, he really is a bouncer) check it out! http://www.bounce-comic.com xo Maya

"If you read one thing today, make it the great James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society – so much timeless wisdom in this 1962 gem: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/08/20/james-baldwin-the-creative-process/ ” - Brianpickings.org
One of my very favorite blogs. xo Maya Contreras

"If you read one thing today, make it the great James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society – so much timeless wisdom in this 1962 gem: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/08/20/james-baldwin-the-creative-process/ ” - Brianpickings.org

One of my very favorite blogs. xo Maya Contreras

All the happy news

thompsonted:

I wrote this post over a month ago, and then I held off on posting it because I felt shy about it. I really don’t know when or how to announce happy news. Somehow even in tiny doses it always feels like bragging. But then not announcing it feels just as weird. So I’ve decided I’m going to put it…

"If you read one thing today, make it Maya Angelou on courage and evil: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/08/19/maya-angelou-bill-moyers-facing-evil/ ” - Brianpickings.org 

xo Maya Contreras

"If you read one thing today, make it Maya Angelou on courage and evil: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/08/19/maya-angelou-bill-moyers-facing-evil/ ” - Brianpickings.org 

xo Maya Contreras

Heartbreaking…  

nowinexile:

The last words said by Black youth before they were murdered by vigilantes/Policemen . Rest in peace. [Source: Shirin Barghi]

Life. “Do you see this glass? I love this glass. It holds the water admirably. When I tap it, it has a lovely ring. When the sun shines on it, it reflects the light beautifully. But when the wind blows and the glass falls off the shelf and breaks or if my elbow hits it and it falls to the ground “I say of course.” But when I know that the glass is already broken every minute with it is precious.” - Ajahn Chah
xo Maya 

Life. “Do you see this glass? I love this glass. It holds the water admirably. When I tap it, it has a lovely ring. When the sun shines on it, it reflects the light beautifully. But when the wind blows and the glass falls off the shelf and breaks or if my elbow hits it and it falls to the ground “I say of course.” But when I know that the glass is already broken every minute with it is precious.” - Ajahn Chah

xo Maya 

The Song: “It Hurts Me Too” For “The Bloodline of Shadrick Grace” #FringeNYC
Sung by Tonya Abernathy
Guitar by Bobby Crace
Original by Tampa Red.

(Source: vimeo.com)

Kristin Skye Hoffmann

An Interview with our director of “The Bloodline of Shadrick Grace.” xo Maya

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Hometown?

Pueblo, Colorado. I’ve lived all over (Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming etc.) but Pueblo will always be home.

Where are you now?

Astoria, New York! I just celebrated my 10-year New-York-iversary so I guess I’m an official New Yorker now. Couldn’t be happier about that.

What’s your…