Published June 11, 2017 by rochellewisoff

Today Pegman walks through Guatemala City

Feel free to stroll around the area using the Google street view and grab any picture you choose to include in your post.

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Once more, following the research trail I learned some history I didn’t know. If that’s not wonderful enough, this is ART history. 

Mural by Carlos Mérida – Institute of Social Security in Guatemala City

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 150


            Carlos hunched over the piano, hands over his ears, tears dripping on the ivory keys. “No puedo oír la música. Mi vida se acabó.”

            “Mi hijo,” Papa squeezed Carlos’ shoulder, “my son, you are only fifteen. It is sad that sickness damaged your ears, but your life is just beginning.”

            “How can I be a pianist if I cannot hear the music?”

            Papa opened a varnished wooden box containing tubes of color and various sized brushes. “Your art teacher says you show gran potential.”

            Rolling one of the brushes between his fingers, a slow smile spread Carlos’ lips. His heart raced as he stroked an imaginary canvas. “I will paint todo el mundo, the whole world.”


            51 years later, in 1958, Delilah Mérida’s smile radiated love and pride when the Guatemalan government honored his artistic achievement with the Order of the Quetzal. “My husband makes music for the eyes.”

Carlos Mérida

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Although I hope it came through in context, here’s the translation: “No puedo oír la musica. Mi vida se acebó.” -“I can’t hear the music. My life is over.” 

30 comments on “OPUS MAJESTUOSO

  • Dear Rochelle,

    You did it again. What a fabulous story – a classic “when one door closes…”

    Loved hearing it in your voice as well as reading it.

    Lords love,

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  • Dear Rochelle,
    Once again you have showed us why you are the queen of fiction. YOUR mastery over other languages just adds the right garnish to an otherwise delectable concoction that you produce for us every week.
    I am just floored by the magic that you weave every single time.

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  • Dear Rochelle

    That’s a wonderful, uplifting story for a Monday morning. How fortunate for someone, if they have two talents rather than one (like someone else I know!). There’s nothing worse than having an overriding passion for one thing and it being snatched away from you. If you listen to Beethoven’s 7th symphony, I think there’s an underlying desperation if not derangement inherent in the fast movement, due to his roaring tinnitus and his descent into total deafness.

    As well written as ever 🙂

    All best wishes,

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    • Dear Sarah,

      Fortunately, Mérida was able to realize his passion for his music through his daughter Ana who became a ballerina. And imagine the color the world would’ve missed out on if he hadn’t lost his hearing. 😉
      Now you’ve piqued my curiosity. While I love classical music, I’m not as intimate with the many pieces and composers. So I’m listening to Beethoven’s 7th symphony as I type. How wonderful to have the music all there on You Tube.
      Thank you for your lovely comment and compliment(s).



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      • Dear Rochelle,

        In my younger days — the age of vinyl LPs —- I used to walk around the room conducting with great energy to the big symphonies. I remember with Beethoven’s 7th, I used to nearly take off! No good for typing while doing that. I hope you enjoyed listening to the symphony 🙂

        All best wishes,


  • Querida Rochelle,
    Su cuento es perfecto. Me encanta su voz.
    You’re incredible, my dear friend. I’m always amazed by the historic stories you write. These words are filled with an exceptional amount of material in so few words. I like how his life went from place to another with great success. “My husband makes music for the eyes” is a phenominal quote.
    I was going to ask if you had read the story in the recording but I noticed in the comments that you did. I liked it very much. You have – zero – accent of any kind. And, your slow methodically read pace begs the listener to wait with bated breath. If I recorded anything you’d think you were listening to Jennifer Lopez. LOL 😂 LOL
    Sorry for the delay in getting to this … I’m sure you can guess why.
    Hasta la proxima, mi amiga. Espero que estes contenta y llena de amor.
    Abrazos y Shalom,
    Isadora 😎

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    • Querida Isadora,

      I would really love to brush up on my Spanish. I took 6 years entre Escuela secondaria y universidad. Muchos años pasados. He olvidado much. I do tend to pick up accents easily which sometimes gets me into trouble. 😉 Gracias re mi acento. A favorite story of mine to relate is when my HS Spanish teacher pulled me out into the hallway. I thought I was in big trouble. He only wanted to ask if I was Hispanic in my background because my accent was perfect. He didn’t want to single me out in front ot the class. (What a dear man he was.)
      At any rate, I’m so pleased you liked my story. Muchas gracias.

      Abrazos, besitos y cariño,


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      • Querida Rochelle,
        I believe spanish is going to be a language used more and more in the future.
        When I was growing up my family spoke spanish in the house only. Outside the house my father prohibited us from speaking it. He said this is America. English was our language now.
        None of my family is alive. No aunts – my mother was an only child. No cousins – nada. The only person I can speak spanish to is my husband. We tend to forget many, many words too. We watch spanish tv sometimes to keep our ears attuned. : ) The shows are terrible and very bawdy at times. A lot of cuchi cuchi as Charo would say. LOL
        If I can be of help I’ll be glad to.
        Mucho carino, mi amiga 😍


        • Querida Isadora,

          I’ve always had a desire for a second language. Americans are way behind in that department, aren’t they? I’m so glad I studied Spanish. We have quite a few Hispanics in our congregation and they seem to appreciate my attempts and are very gracious when I make mistakes. I’m surprised at how much I do remember. One of these days I might stick around for the monthly Spanish service and see how much I can follow. While some complain, I like to go to Lowe’s where the signs are in English and Spanish and read the latter first to see if I understand. It also served me well when I was a cake decorator. Occasionally we’d have a customer come in to order a cake who struggled with English. They appreciated it so much that someone took the time to try to understand and work with them. I have some fond memories of those encounters. One of the last ones was a pastor and his wife. She spoke no English…he did…to some degree. When he picked up his cake, he spoke to me in Spanish only and told me I was an artista.
          Abrazos y cariño. (you can make the tilde by using Alt 164 on the keyboard. Muy fácil. 😉 )



  • I Loved this story Rochelle, especially with the recording. I missed it to begin with, then read the comments and thought ‘what are they talking about?’ Your accent is excellent. My wife is Ecuadorean but has been living in England for 32 years. We very much regret that we didn’t speak Spanish in the house when the children were small, but they have embraced their heritage now and the older two speak better Spanish than I do. Curiously, my wife has forgotten many Spanish words and names for things and sometimes has to ask me what something is called in her mother tongue! She has never ever lost her accent though, and to be honest I am glad. I hope this ‘sticks’ because I have had trouble posting and liking for a few days now, and both I send to you. 🙂

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    • Dear JWD,

      I’m having a time getting around to all comments between Pegman and FF so I understand your difficulty.
      As for my Spanish…I seem to have a gift, so they tell me, for picking up accents. This has gotten me in trouble since my vocabulary doesn’t live up to my accent. This happens more with Hebrew than Spanish since I’m slightly more fluent in the latter.
      I’ve always envied bilingual folks. Thank you for sharing your story. I’ll bet your wife’s Spanish coupled with British accent is like music to the orejas. 😉

      ¡Mil gracias y paz!



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