Robert Bradley

When I was a kid I thought that alchemists were somewhat spooky. I recall reading about how they are said to possess strange visions and stranger incantations, producing results that befuddle or amaze, yet they are always mixed with a dose of suspicion or a liter of fear. I read how they often wear a...
A close friend, Margie M., recently remarried after being single for nearly two decades. I was not surprised. She is adventurous and likes to be out and about whenever possible. Margie attends performances regularly at IdiomArt and the University of Cuenca, plus volunteers once a week for a local foundation. She has regular lunch dates...
As bewildering as it may be, I am occasionally confronted by expats right here in Cuenca who are spiteful.   Some appear to have been severely wounded by their own past misdeeds, others by strongly felt objections to the culture and politics they left behind, and a few seemed displaced by grievances and circumstances beyond...
When I was younger, I spent a year with a team of artists, filmmakers and anthropologists documenting the Inuit culture of southwestern Alaska. Our autumn trip was to a remote inlet to record a seal hunt. It was late September. When the weather unexpectedly turned snotty, we figured we needed to quickly find shelter to...
The argentine canvas tacked to the sky was hung nearly a week ago; whoever is in charge must have issued a recall of the color blue and put this up instead. It seemed a fitting time for the artist, Kleber Moscoso, to abandon his art studio for a spell and chat with me at Casa...
Within a five-block radius of San Sebastian Plaza are two saddlers, at least five furniture makers, a knot of tailors, a sprinkle of goldsmiths, a colorful stained-glass studio, a thriving farmers market, more bakeries than I can count, and twice as many restaurants as I would ever be able to frequent. People are busy cobbling...
One of the many joys of living in Cuenca is meandering through centuries-old neighborhoods on Sunday mornings. Booming cannons call people to prayer as streams of families pour onto sidewalks worn to bedrock by shoe leather and bare feet. Little girls, clutching mammas’ skirt, tip the cuteness scale almost sideways with their frilly princess dresses...
I watched quietly as the swollen Paute River carted away dirt, stone, and scoured human debris from a recent rainstorm. It was a strong reminder that the gods of Fertility and Loss, when absorbed in their enthusiasm for being unequalled, will occasionally flood villages and wash away livelihoods without regard to faith or frailty. It...
I spent the entirety of one day last week visiting with old friends and enjoying the parade of people strolling by my traditional haunt, Casa Azul Galeria Cafe on San Sebastian Plaza. I arrived shortly after noon for lunch and left for dinner at Raymond Huntley’s superb restaurant, Osaka Ramen, on the opposite side of...
We live in a pleasant house on an obscure unnamed dirt road; a pencil thin scar that also portions patches of farmland a couple of thousand feet  above the Paute River. The homes here have no addresses. The route we give to first-time visitors includes carefully worded directions, a couple of photographs referencing topographical highlights,...
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series about Wilson Suquitana, Paute’s favorite facilitator. To read part 1, click here. When Wilson Squitana’s father turned his back on him, he knew that the family would never again be whole. He was as confused as the snow swirling the sidewalk obscuring any trace of...
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story about Wilson Suquitana – Paute’s favorite facilitator. Part one: Loss It was a very special December morning for the Suquitana family of  Paute, Azuay Province  —   a perfect day for welcoming Wilson, the third of what would become six children born into an embedded...

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