Mercy, Mercy Me

I am sorry for thee: thou art come to answer
A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch
uncapable of pity, void and empty
From any dram of mercy.

Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Ingres, Cabeza de Juana de Arco en extasis, Museo Soumaya, Mexico City

Ingres, Cabeza de Juana de Arco en extasis, Museo Soumaya, Mexico City

The apartment I intended to view this past Sunday was up a steep hill, too far removed from daily shopping, and would have proved to be even more of an impediment to my getting out and about. On the walk back to Santa Julia I was aware that no vendors were lining the streets around iglesia San Juan de Dios and there was hardly anyone in the mercados and tiendas:  Santa Semana was over.

Once I realized that the apartment on the opposing hill would not work for me, I went back to the online sources of leads for apartments here and in Guanajuato, Guadalajara and Mexico City. Finding nothing, I checked for apartments in various U.S. locales and realized just how far removed I am from wanting to live in the States again – in fact, I have little enthusiasm for my upcoming trip back to the Bay Area.

The unceasing complaints of conservative and right-wing politicians and media evangelists is merciless and worse than the incessant barking of dogs here. Mexico does not have the enormous debt triggered by rapacious military spending. Rather than a shrinking middle class as in the United States, Mexico will see a growing middle class as its economy continues to grow. Education will become more valued in this country rather than devalued as in the United States. Despite the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico, I sense a far greater separation of church and state than in the United States where various Protestant sects choke social progress.  Mexico has issues to be sure, but I sense optimism here and if I were to return to the States, I would sense pessimism.

Too Late Now

Jane Powell sang this song in the 1951 film Royal Wedding, directed by Stanley Donen. The song was written by Burton Lane (music) and Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics) and Judy Garland was originally cast in the role that Jane Powell took over. Among the many films Donen either directed or co-directed were Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Face, Indiscreet, Damn Yankees!, Charade, and Two for the Road.

Before Motown (in the 1950s) some great jazz musicians hailed from Detroit:  Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, Tommy Flanagan, Thad Jones, Yusef Lateef, Milt Jackson and Curtis Fuller.  Fuller recorded Too Late Now with the Art Farmer Quintet in 1957.

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