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Ruth Calvo

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I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.
 
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About Me:
I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

Saturday Art and Archaeology: Blue Creek, Belize

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 6:28 pm

The director of the program and author of this report, Dr. Thomas Guderjan, explained that findings at Blue Creek Center showed that Mayan termination included massive broken pottery and sealing off of the occupied parts of the temples.

And when we finished our dig, we returned the site to its found condition.

Sunday Food: Cashews

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 1:12 pm

One of the nuts that is grown in Central America and has been familiarized in this country along with its diminishing costs is the cashew nut. A tree nut, it is rich in antioxidants, quite healthy and nutritious. It is one of the most distinct tastes among nuts.

Saturday Art and Archaeology: Burial Deposits

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 6:40 pm

Many of the finds from ancient cultures are discovered in burial sites.  
As we discussed in comments last week, there are significant finds associated with the discoveries of tombs and their treasures, and some of the rituals are being understood from writings, but much we can only conjecture about.

One of the great finds in Belize was unearthed in a burial site at Altun Ha, outside Belize City.

Saturday Art and Archaeology: The Ball Court in Mayan Culture

By: Saturday August 2, 2014 6:40 pm

The excavation of Mayan centers of worship and society have revealed that the ballcourt played an essential role in their community and is included in the ceremonial structures that life existed in. At Lamanai, there are remains of a distinct playing ground, and in many places the representation of ball games and courts have been discovered.

Sunday Food: Travel Central America and Have Some Special Treats

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 1:10 pm

Central America produces a lot of the fruit we eat, and some we would enjoy if we knew more. Walking through the towns of Belize City, and Copán Ruinas, I noticed that many little side of the road shops offer a variety of fruit drinks and have tried several. Yesterday I got a large cup of watermelon juice, and recently have had mango slurpee and papaya milk shake,

Saturday Archaeology: Digging the Mayans in Stages

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00 pm

A first lesson in rediscovering the Mayan architecture that built their many impressive temples has been that each successive generation took a lesson from the past, and covered the existing structure with another. While digging at the Blue Creek, Belize, Maya Research Program dig, we were finding the later layers, recording the data we found, then going deeper to find the preceding structures. To find a Mayan pyramid means that you have found the last, top, layer of the civilization that built it and under that structure there is another, earlier, one.

Saturday Art: Mayan Excavation

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 7:20 pm

Mayan temples are the excavation we’re doing here in Blue Creek, Belize. The site is IZ’noha, and we’re finding structures from the post classical period which is not the finest architecture, but has the usual symmetry and form of the earlier periods and I’m going to put up a few pictures of the excavation we’re involved in, which emerges a little more each day.

Saturday Art: Archaeological Dig in Belize

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 6:40 pm

As many of you know, I’m in Belize, at Blue Creek, the Maya Research Group facility, digging for Mayan information, relics, structure, and of course anything we can find.

Several members of FDL have asked me to describe a dig. This one is different from the one last year in Pennsylvania. We’re in the tropics, hearing howler monkeys and spider monkeys that swing high overhead, surrounded by rainforest and digging small hills that contain the remnants of Mayan pyramids.

Sunday Food: Tea

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 7:01 am

There are times when tea is perfect.

Saturday Art: France’s President Names Greatest Painter?

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 4:40 pm

Black is dramatic, but probably not the way most of us see our best expressions appear. In a world full of rancor, it may be dominant. Looking at new perspectives has no harmful effects, though, and perhaps Hollande has added dimensions that are helpful in seeing how our politics affect our lives and those of others.

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