AND SO, THERE WAS BEEF STEW.

By: Salvador Magana.
One day, as the sun risen by the mountains, two members of a tribe older than beef stew were getting ready to take the annual tribute to the God of Snow in the high peak mountain. Every year for the last 2,000 years a tribute had been presented to the God of Snow in order for him to allow the snow to melt and come down the mountain into the village to the tribe “Pokavord”. One of the favorite tributes of the God were BBQ ribs and tacos. Dried food was the thing back in those years, for water was only used for drinking and showering. No one in the tribe had yet attempted to use water for cooking, no one had come up with the idea.
As the two members, Tall and Short, to give them a name since no names were available yet, were getting ready to start the half a day walk to the peak of the mountain, a really strong earthquake shaken the land making every body afraid that the god of snow was getting hungry, so with no time to waste, Tall and Short got on their way to the snow mountain.
Tall was so skinny of a guy, if he climbed a tree, his arms and legs could easily get confused for branches, which was weird for a guy well known in the village to be a able to eat half a mammoth in two days. The tribe didn’t understand how that was possible, then again in those years the tribe was not really able to understand much happening around them. Life was about hunting, eating, dancing and sleeping. With that said, you might be thinking, “What made them select this guy to go in such important trip?” Tall was the fastest hunter among the tribe members, that and his camouflage ability, made him to be selected among the members in the tribe as one of the person to take the tribute to the Snow God.
Short on the other hand, was a chubby fellow. As heavy as a rock, he was the member in the tribe helping with the hard work needed around. If a tornado threaten the tribes food support, cows and sheep, Short was the guy to hold them by the foot and keep them down on the ground. Not like Tall, short could eat just a leg of mammoth and gain three times the weight. I know, weird members right? but according to the tribe, their abilities complemented each other in order to make sure the tribute for the year would get safe and sound to the Snow God.
The tribute this year consisted of something different, even though the Snow God prefer BBQ and/or Tacos, this year the tribe decided to send something special, you see, last year the Snow God had been really mercy full, allowing more snow than usual to melt and come down the river for no particular reason, therefor instead of sending any of the god’s favorites, this year they decided to send a whole cow, with a wagon full of vegetables.
And so there went, Tall and Short in their trip to the snow mountain with their cow pulling on a wagon full of vegetables.
 2/3 of their trip had already passed. Tall and Short were already half the way up of the snow mountain when they decided to take a break. The snow, as white as clouds, covered the entire road, the entire mountain. White all the way down and white all the way up. The two fellows covered in their mainly hair from head to toe, helped them protect themselves from the slight breeze brushing the mountain from peak to bed.
As they each prepared to sit on a piece of leopard skin placed on the snow to take a break and eat a carrot or two, the snow in their fingers burnt with cold. “Ah” came out of Tall’s mouth as he shaken the snow of his hands. Short could not helped it and laughed. The cow sitting down and eating some carrots as well looked at the two individuals as peaceful as it could, enjoying just the carrots with eyes half way opened in delight of the carrots taste.
Short got curious as for why Tall had screamed when touching the snow, so there he was, Short, touching the snow as well. It was the first time for them two to see the snow and play with it, for every year different people were selected in order to take the tribute. Short felt the snow a little more carefully since Tall’s reaction had prepared him for it. As Short dug his chubby index finger in the snow in a twirly motion, he felt the cold burning to his bone. “Ah” he exclaimed as well. Now Tall laughed. With a feeling of revenge, short grabbed some shapeless snow in his hands and threw it at Tall. Hitting it right on the face, Tall got mad and proceeded to throw snow at Short as well. Back and forth they went throwing snow as if in the middle of a battlefield and with snow as their ammo, scaring the cow with their aggression. Some snow hit the cow on its face making it stand up and run with its sharp horns towards them. Scare, Tall and Short run away from it into a path of the mountain no one had ever explored before, for branches would get on their way.
Running from the cow they both stopped right on the edge of what seem like really hot water, a hot spring they had discover. The ox unable to stop felt into the water together with the wagon full of vegetables. Frighten on their faces and a big scream, as for Tall and Short  saw the tribute sinking in the hot water. Short made an attempt to jump into the hot spring in order to save the tribute, when a skinny hairy hand pulled him backwards from his long hair. Tall threw Short on the floor and showed him what had happened to the cow and the vegetables, trying to explain that the same thing would happened to him if he attempted to rescue the tribute. Carefully they went down the path next to the bowling water, and they sat next to it thinking about what had happened and how doomed they were. No more tribute meant an angry god and no tribute plus an mad tribe. “Gulp” their throats went at the same time, as if swallowing the dryness of pain and disappointment away. They looked for a sign of the cow or the vegetables but nothing was visible. As they got ready to leave and go back to the village, a carrot popped up making them jumped back. Then a tomato popped up making them walked towards the water and getting to their knees to appreciate that their eyes were not tricking them. Now an onion popped up and eventually one after another, all vegetables came afloat, but no sign of the cow. They grabbed some sticks from around and started pulling the vegetables out, they though that if at least they took the vegetables to the god, he wouldn’t be so mad, after all, a little tribute would be better than no tribute at all. Surprised that the vegetables were floating in the water, they realized they were now soft and wet. As they leaned forward, the smell of what got to be called beef stew, as years passed,got to their noses. Deliciousness in their brains, their eating instinct made them try it. Tasting delicious, they couldn’t believe it, for the vegetables and the cow got cooked together and made the water taste so much better, warm in their tummy, this two individuals as excited as little kids discovering the power of glue for the first time, run up the mountain to show to the Snow God of their new discovery, since no tribute was present at the moment, the two fellows gestured the big white god, yes like a big snow man, to follow them.
 Once down in the hot spring, they invited him to try the water to what he accepted and to Tall’s and Short’s surprise, he loved it.
Back down in the village, Tall and Short gestured and draw their story, intriguing every one for the end was unexpected, the only way to know if the god had been really happy and satisfied was by waiting for next year to see the flow of the water down the mountain, in the river to the village.
Short enough time passed by and the village, anxiously counted the days for the water to start flowing, and so it happened, the water started flowing and as months passed, the tribe noticed that more water was running to the river giving more water to the tribe in order to grow more vegetables and take good care of the cattle for the Snow God had a new favorite, and so there was beef stew from then on.

Midnight Snacks

by, Salvador Magana

New Year had already pass

and with it all the feasts and the Wallet scratch,

even thought it was his favorite time of the year

big Ton had an important lesson to learn.

You see, during the holidays and with all the delicious food on the table,

thanks giving Christmas and, why not, new year’s eve,

that extra tummy was already labeled

“FAT”

From the already tighten enough belt,

to the fourth button of that Calvin Klein shirt.

It seemed to be getting bigger every time he ate,

for he couldn’t stop, the feasts were calling his name.

“Eat us Ton”

The food was to say and when he least expect it one plate was already gone.

From Turkey and Pozole, to Tamales and Ham,

the fruit punch delicious but the belt was about to get turned apart.

“New Year’s resolution,” he thought “to lose all this extra weight.”

He wants to be healthy but he couldn’t, not during the holidays feasts.

“10, 9, 8, 7…” he found himself chanting until finally countdown got to 1.

“Happy New Year” he was finally screaming to everyone in the room,

to family and friends to even the cat neightboors hate.

He woke up next morning, determine for his quest,

for there was no time to waste,

the belly was still there.

Exercising every morning, big smile on his face,

for his big fat tummy, finally will be gone.

January, February, march, April, May.

He kept on exercising until October got there.

He finally checks his weight with not so good news, for the big fat belly was not gone at all.

“What happened?” he thought, “how did this happen if I have being exercising?” he asked to himself. When an evil laugh echoed in a place he felt nearby.

“What is that…” silence and then he focused again on his big fat belly. he wanted to cry.

He said “it is already October; this has to be gone,

for the holidays are coming and I will eat more”

sad face, right expression for this situation,

for the big fat tummy was laughing with aggression.

“HA HA HA HA” the tummy laughed under those layers of extra weight

thanks to the food of last year’s holidays.

“Why are you laughing?” Ton asked, he was really mad.

“I wanted the extra weigh gone, and look, is the same, why isn’t it gone?

Do you know the answer to this?”

The tummy replied “You’ve been exercising every morning no question,

but may I give one small suggestion?

To lose the extra weight, jumping jacks, crunches giving leg cramps

will not be enough, for you have to give up midnight snacks.”

And then it occurred to Ton, “it is true, exercising I have really being,

but at midnight I get hungry, so I have to eat.

The food that I save thru out the whole day at midnight eating, I have found myself.

“Why didn’t you tell me what I was doing wrong?”

Ton asked his tummy really mad at this point.

“How could I?” the tummy replied. “You kept me all busy with all the food, the desserts the ham,

the tamales the turkey and more, but it is true, you need to give up your midnight snacks for I’m starting to feel really tight under all this extra weight

And my friend, your heart, feels unhealthy as well”

The silence filled the room, for Ton or the tummy did not spill a word.

Reflection to Ton, so he had decided with his chin up high,

“I will give up mid night snack, this extra weigh has to be gone for good, for unhealthy I feel with every step I take,

and you my dear tummy say bye to that extra weight.”

Finally at the holidays of 2015,

Ton found himself eating, once again like a beast,

but his new year resolution had changed,

for next year he will not only exercise,

but he will say bye to his midnight snacks.

Wiring 101; Day 3 one word inspiration: Home.

After a long journey, Daniel realized it was time to go back home. He had been traveling for about 2 months and a half. His job as a photographer required him to do a lot of travelling, but that is his passion; photography. To be able to capture memeories to share with the world is his passion, therefor he gives all his best in order to be the best at his job, his career, his way of making a living for bills and rent to get paid.
5 years and three months married meant a lot to him, after all, marriage is a creation from God in order to bond 2 souls for the rest of the existence of their bodies. When he is home he makes every moment that he spents with Sherry, his wife, and Gabriel and Makayla, his 4 year old son and his 3 year old daughter, to count as if it was the last day he would spent together as a family. For mom, a really nice warm breakfast in bed said “I love you and I cherrish you more than anything in life”. Which she really appreciates. Flowers from time to time and Ferrero roscher showed appreciation as well, but for both of them material stuff didn’t really counted as much as the action and the thought of a romantic moment.
As for the kids a day in the park was the most amazing time they could possible ask for, so he was happy to make their dream come true. A day in the park as often as possible, after all it was priceless for him to see his kids play under his watch in a safe enviroment while they just keep on growing. It was sad but at the same time it helped him get ready mentally to think about the day his son would walk up to him and announce “im getting married dad.” or his daughter to say “I have a boyfriend.”
It is true they were little kids right now but man, doesn’t time pass bye so fast? it seems like they were born yesterday barely and now here they are playing and running in the park.
For him a nice relaxing day together with his family meant the world. After working far away from home for some months, he enjoys nothing as much as spending beautiful time with his family.  He loves taking beautiful photoes of land scapes, wether in the dessert or in the middle of the snow, capturing the colorfull and beauty of god’s creation is delightfull to his soul, after all what a better way to pay the bills but to enjoy what to do for a living and making a living of what he enjoys.
The feeling of traveling fo him is unique. Metting new places and seeing parts of the world with so many different cultures is amazing, but not as amazing as to go home and hold his family in his arms and wait until he has to depart again to do his job, be a father and take care of his family, his home.

Writting 101; Day 2, write a list.

Things I like.
1. I like spending time with my wife and traveling and exploring the world with her.
2. I like the smell of fresh homemade breakfast in the morning. Specially that involving egss, chorizo or ham, bacon or sausage and last, but not least, a hot cup of hazelnut flavored coffee.
3. I like the feeling  of a cloudy, gray, cold and breeze day. Gives me so much inspiration and energy.
4. I like reading a book, fiction preferably.
5. I like driving at night with my window down and feel the fresh air going in thru the window.
6. I like swimming in the ocean during a hot summer day and then have a picnic on the sand with tropical fruits and a delicious “Shrimp Ceviche” prepared by my lovely wife.
7. I like to think about life and day dream as well as learning as much as possible in different areas, specially philosophy and psycology.
8. I like to blog.
This is my list, what is yours?

Writting 101; day 1,Why do you blog?

I write, mainly, because of three reasons.
Reason number one being; for entertainment purposes.
There is, to me, nothing more entertaining than writting and sharing stories. It is, I believe, story telling the main way humans share anecdotes and experiences in order to understand more about our own selves, after all, every head is a universe, right? With story telling nor do I only entertain my self by creating a story but hopefully will I entertain some one out there and maybe even teach an important lesson for some one who needs it.
Reason number two; I must say because of legacy. A writer with the right inspiration and in the right way can create not only stories but a legacy which can last as long as the people reading it, teaching it and printing it allow it to. For instance the stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, the story of “Romeo and Juliet”, the many stories of “Sherlock Homes”, among many other people and famous stories, are people and stories which, after all these years, still inspire new generation. That is priceless.
Reason number three; This reason I think is the most important of all. I write to connect, to learn and teach. The universe is a place full of inspiration and open for interpretation, just by connecting to people and reading each other’s work can help so much to understand this gift given from god, beautiful by the way and amazing, call life. Understanding it, I believe, is a main purpose for life itslef. Just like before scientists, philosophers, mathematicians,  etc. Would study and publish their work in order for other  people to read it and challenge it, now a days I think the same practice is still being done, thanks to technology in an easier and faster way. We live, we learn and so we share. At the end we find not only answers but questions that will need answers in the future, it will only by living, learning and sharing that we will find the answers.
Those are the reasons I write for, what are yours?

bloging 101, day 1

I am super excited for bloging 101 and ready for it, this is finally my kick start.
Day 1.
My name is salvador. I graduated from college a year ago. I am an observer. Curiosity, learning and finding answers are my big qualitites.
I decided to become a blogger and keep a public profile for entertaiment purposes. I plan to post stories that will entertain my visitors and maybe even be able to advice and/or teach a thing or two about life, sharing experiences always help so that we can navigate thru life with a little more confidence.
I believe story telling is a very important part of human beings. Whether found on pictures or text, story telling can be found all the way back to the prehistoric era with all those drawings of men hunting mamuths and packs of lions moving and hunting as well, our ancestors sure though us about the way of life for the caveman.
With technology today, it is easier for us, human beings, to communicate and share stories with people all around the world, that is what I planning to do with my blog, share stories in an entertaining way and like I said, maybe even teach a thing or two.