4:12 am. January 9, 1955.
The brass ringer bell on our rotary phone screams and screams and screams outside my bedroom door.
Ring. Ring. Ring.
I’m in deep sleep. Ring. Ring Ring.
I am only 14. Ring. Ring. Ring.
Old enough to know only bad comes with a call in the black of night. Ring. Ring. Ring.
I’m into horror movies. Ring. Ring. Ring.
I am terrified. Ring. Ring. Ring.
Slapping bare feet rip down the wooden hallway. Ring. Ring. Ring.
Total silence. A mind-piercing scream rips through my bedroom door. I leap from my sheets. I tear open my door. I’m face to face with my Mother. Wracking in tears. Sucking for air. Eyes wide with terror. “Maudie”, Mom gasps. The hospital. Her five-month old daughter. Dead. I wrap my arms around Mom’s heaving, sagging shoulders. Mom and I cry.
Please Lord. There is an order to birth. An order to death. Our children are not to die first.
A jet black old rotary in an antique store in Buenos Aires evokes a 50 year old painful memory of an ice cold January morning in upstate New York and the value of life.
In the small, rural community of Atotonilco, the afternoon’s quiet receding sun casts its faith onto the rich Mexican Baroque mural work of the Chapel of the Holy Burial in the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site just outside the town of San Miguel de Allende.
Dusk settles in on De La Parroquia de San Pedro Apostol. A 400 year old main church in Mineral de Pozos.
The magical abandoned silver mining town of Pozos, with its uncommon beauty in the high chapparral desert of Central Mexico, is experiencing a large resurgence of interest, particularly as an art and artisan’s community.
The Church of the Immaculate Conception, called Las Monjas (The Nuns).
A twelve-sided dome modeled after the Chapel of Les Invalides on the left bank in Paris.
Work on the church began in 1755. The dome was added in 1891.
The statue of the Immaculate Conception sits on the top of the dome.
The convent inside was founded by Dona Maria Josefa Lina de la Canal y Hervas, the eldest daughter of San Miguel de Allende’s wealthiest family.
She was the town’s richest debutante and most eligible bachelorette.
At the age of 16, when her parents died, she petitioned the King of Spain to found a congregation to be known as the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.
She then donated the land and took her huge inheritance and built a convent to hold 72 nuns.
At her death at the age of 34, Josefa was interred after the most elaborate funeral the town had ever witnessed.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the same order that founded the convent in 1754, is the same order that resides in the convent today.
The convent originally held 66 cloistered nuns and 6 secular nuns. These 6 nuns would interface with the outside world. Each nun was to bring a dowry of 4000 pesos.
Today Las Monjas still contains a small cloister of active nuns.
Selected image of the week by Atencion newspaper. San Miguel de Allende.
La Parroquia Church of St Michael the Archangel is very unique and the emblem of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Built in the 17th century, this parish church, with it’s Neo-gothic facade and two tall towers, is the most prominent landmark in town.
It towers over the main square and can be seen from a great distance.
San Miguel de Allende is the birthplace of the Mexican revolution.
To pay homage and to celebrate the Mexican Bicentennial, Mexico hired a Frenchman to create a dramatic musical laser light show. This 15-minute long outdoor spectacle of music and moving images told the history of Mexico.
From large projectors mounted on rooftops, this laser light show was projected onto the face of La Parroquia Church every Friday and Saturday night for a year, to the delight of thousands.
Selected for the annual calendar of the Garden Club of San Miguel de Allende.