Jan 28, 2014

UPDATED -- NIGERIAN ANGLICAN GENERATES MORE FEAR/HATE AGAINST FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS: ¨God’s Punishment Awaits Those Against Anti-Gay Law¨ Anglican Archbishop Nicolas

The Most Reverend Nicolas Okoh, Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and CANA/GAFCON accomplice
The Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh has said that those canvassing same-sex marriages in the country would face the punishment of God.
Anglican Archbishop/Nigeria, emeritus, Peter ¨Massacre at Yelwa¨ Akinola, center/purple

¨He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during the 70th birthday of his predecessor, Dr, Peter Akinola, held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.
He however commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his courage in signing the anti-gay bill into law which has continued to generate reactions in some quarters in Nigeria and beyond.
According to him, those not in support of the bill are like the biblical duo, Adam and Eve who questioned God for asking them not to eat the fruits from the Garden of Eden.
His words: “Many people do not realise that what is referred to as the homosexual trouble is not the homosexual or lesbian trouble but people’s refusal to accept the scripture for what it is, authority for life and practice following God.
He added: “in the beginning, man questioned the authority of God in the garden by saying did God actually say that you should not eat the forbidden fruit. That challenge to God’s authority dethroned God’s power and enthroned man’s power...´there is more: 
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Emphasis, Leonardo Ricardo


Archbishops write to all Primates & to presidents of Nigeria, Uganda


Jan 26, 2014

A WARNING TO THOSE I LOVE: Never eat a Guatemalan ¨empanada de leche¨ or you will never recover!

Deadly Guatemalan Empanadas de Leche
I warn you.  I am not kidding.  All of my adult life (and by this time I am more than adult and gaining on just plain old codger) I have avoided eating most all food with dairy products/other sold off the street carts in Latin America. 

It's not that the food isn't fresh and appealing when offered on the street, and it mostly is, it's just that I am kind of a fussbudgety (is that how you spell it?) when it comes to food purchased, prepared and served.  I like my meals served in a sparkly clean restaurant, humble or elegant. Any food is fine and just dandy with me as long as I feel assured I will survive the meal (or not die during the night after I eat it).  I also am really/really careful about dairy products since I was almost assassinated by a cream puff as a young lad in Washington State growing up to become the ¨Norteamericano¨that I now am.  Enough about me.  

I have met the enemy and it has taken me over.  I am a lost soul. It's name:  Empanada de Leche (still hot and filled with a creamy sweet/thick milk in a delicateish pie crust and sprinkled with raw sugar).  Surely las empanadas will kill me because, just after two Sundays (the day of the really good ones prepared and sold to families wandering the plazas and calles) I am fully hooked.  

Have mercy on me, I'm a gonner.  How could this be happening to me after I have been so very, very good?  So charming, such a nice guy with good manners (mostly). No doubt some kind of brujaria has come down and possessed me...some unknown evil sugar goddess has grabbed me and insists that I pay full attention to her cookeriaja.  

Come see me. We will investigate this grave matter and besides that, I'll share (maybe). 

 Leonardo Ricardo on a chilly Sunday night at the foot of the Fuego volcano. 

Jan 21, 2014

BE MY NEIGHBOR IN PARADISE: Boutique Coffee Finca ¨Los Nietos¨ For SALE outside of Antigua,Guatemala (active volcanos not nearby)

Published on Jan 14, 2014

¨On our Organic coffee farm we grow the world famous Arabica coffee, known for its fine aroma and flavor. Arabica coffee only grows at high altitudes close to the equator.

The coffee farm faces south at the foot of Volcano Agua. The rich volcanic soil nourishes four varieties of Arabic coffee trees and our beautiful botanical gardens. Our visitors agree with us that Finca Los Nietos is a paradise and the most unique place in Guatemala where you can see coffee grown, processed, roasted, packaged and sold.¨ 

Raul Freyre,  contact at facebook


Jan 15, 2014

JANE MASON: ¨Friend or foe, I don't know¨*

¨Friend or Foe, I Don´t Know¨  Leonardo Ricardo, 2014
Recently I started painting ceramic plates, huge pots and large format paintings portraying exotic faces.   Faces from afar. I used a style of mine from over two decades ago that I simply called Maya

Maya Geometrics is my own, folkloric version of cubism and it is inspired because it seems to fly-through-all-time Guatemala in my mind...from pre-Columbian era until after the Spanish invasion and right now. The indigenous people of Guatemala are a deeply spiritual,  brilliant, creative and colorful peoples.  A fabulous multi-cultural-ethnic group with different backgrounds, languages but yet, who all celebrate, initiate and purify life as life arrives before them (joyfully or sorrowfilled) in a passionate and similar manner.   

After I lived in Guatemala a few years I noticed the atmosphere was thick with the Maya spirit, both now and from before now, and that spirit was quite ¨fealable¨ and  it impacted my life and the lives of those around me.  My whole of reality was impacted by the Maya.  

My earliest intention was to combine every mood, surprise, shock and stunning awareness that came into me from the land of this daily mystery and magic.  I wanted to paint many clammouring faces that seemed just below the surface of everyday life....faces that needed to get out.  Faces that wanted to be seen (and heard?). Faces that emerged at the foot of the Fuego volcano. 

Guatemala is the land of deep and sacred beliefs.  Spiritual awareness, customs and costumed/masked rituals often leave me speechless and in awe of this world around me.  Speechless, but with some understanding of the earliest moments of life that were born here. 

There is far more to the ¨Land of the Eternal Spring¨ than could ever meet the eye...but, I will try.

Faces painted on Totonicopan apaste, photo Elizabeth Bell
Leonardo Ricardo

Leonardo Ricardo 
Sacatepequez, Guatemala
Central America

*Thanks to Jane Mason, South Africa

Jan 6, 2014

THE WORLD AROUND ME: The Tikal Ciudad Maya (gorgeous and real)

Published on Jan 4, 2014
Uno de los reinos más poderosos de los antiguos mayas, es la mejor ciudad de las tierras bajas de Mesoamérica.

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