The year ends, a year starts. 2018 comes with a bag full of hopes and dreams and projects. Whatever yours may be, enjoy every minute, squeeze every drop. It will only last one year and then it will be gone forever. Trust yourself, go for it, go the extra mile, laugh at hardship, fight for what you want. You’ll find it if you really want it. And if you don’t, you’ll feel good you tried your best. Get the fireworks out! Happy 2018!!

Jaime Belden




It’s ironic how the smooth softness of the clouds blends naturally perfect with the wild roughness of the agave. Both independently beautiful and yet combined for a perfect match, enhancing each other. (Deabo, Biabor) – Jaime Belden

waiting room

IMG_3835.JPGThe waiting room is empty. The late sun is filling in the space where the children’s voices tangled and played, and sang, and cried, and read, and laughed througout the day. Here families sit and wait. Wait with hope, nervousness, worriness, always with their hearts in their hands while feed the kids, watch for them, cuddle them, follow them around, sing to them…. Our children are extremely delicate, every one a flower expose to the extreme weather of conditions and diseases that they didn’t ask for, but all of them with incredible smiles and blinking eyes that dance like twinkling stars… It is the end of the day and I am walking out of the clinic now…. See you tomorrow little world of big expectations! I love my work.  – Valerie S. Mayer

Sunday afternoon theater

We had an unexpected pleasant and fun Sunday afternoon at the theater.

The play: “Querido San Antonio” by Patricia Suarez
Performers: Grupo de Teatro
The venue: Box 2 at MATCH / 3400 Main St. at Midtown Houston
Very funny and outstanding performance by this talented group of actors. The Midtown Arts & Theater Center of Houston, or MATCH, is a very cool multipurpose group of performance and creative spaces in a sleek, urban architectural jewel, right in the heart of Midtown. This hilarious play was performed in one of the small and intimate stages in this venue.

Beyond the fun afternoon we had, Valerie and I are now curious to check Grupo de Teatro performance calendar, as well as to stay alert for things happening at MATCH.  – Jaime Belden


Valerie exhibits work in Johnson City, TX


A couple of months ago, we submitted several entries for a chance to participate in a photo exhibit at ASmith Gallery in Johnson City, TX. The town is a pretty active photo and arts community just west of Austin that brings artists’ work from all over the region and other states. One of Valerie’s pieces got chosen to be in the exhibit! I’m the one writing this post because she’s too humble to brag about her own work being honored.
The theme of the exhibit was “Animalia”, and her featured image, “Jefe” was a picture she shot as an assignment of an elder Pugh named Pappa. She was able to capture its spirit and show a majestic side of this handsome old-timer. The judges honored her talent, and now “Jefe” is showing at ASmith Gallery, among the work of other talented photographers. Well deserved, Valerie!    – Jaime Belden


IMG_3147“Is that blue sky trapped in that building?”_ I thought _. It looks like  people that are happy because happiness is within themselves. I love that! Like this building, happy people make me smile, make me miss them, but nicely, with a gentle smile on my face. Makes me enjoy my time with them, bring me peace, a palette of new colors and sensations, or just enhance the colors I bring with me to the conversation.

I gasp for air, and think about all this long silence in which I’d been living in. Harvey rained so much that washed away my smile and my hope for a while. Now I see the sky in that building and think that I have to look within me, find myself and have a quiet chat with myself and let go. _Valerie S. Mayer


IMG_2717Rain felt different driving to my office this morning. Even though was like any other rainy day,  I could feel the viciousness of the weather man talking about Huricane Harvey over the radio imagining him with a crooked smile just feeling happy that finally something really disastrous was finally happening, and listening all sorts of recommendations to be prepared for storm, flood and other possible effects of the severe weather to come.

Then I thought: Bread and Water.  Isn’t curious that now that they are out of the stores’ shelves, people is nervous waisting their possible last tank of gas for the next 2 weeks looking for bread and water when we usually trash full boxes of strawberries and veggies, rotten fruit and vegetables, waisted food that stays in the fridge for so long or ended in the trash or left behind on a restaurant table?  And today, the basics recover their importance and people fight for them. FIGHT FOR THEM _i repeat in my mind_ Why we don’t give thanks every morning because we have water to drink and bread to eat? Why we fight? We always wait to say thanks or to pray to God when things are ugly, when remedies becomes scarcer, when sickness knock our doors or death is sitting at the edge of our beds.

Huricane Harvey is touching the coasts of Texas tonight and tomorrow and touching the fear of humans. Now is when basics are basic, when we know than the only thing that matters is our own survival and the survival of the ones we love. Basics. – Valerie S. Mayer