RAEchel Running Creative
Photo Essay & Visual Graphics

Visual musings from the Borderlands
Barrio Viejo, Tucson, AZ.
Who I Follow

Honoring the important work and life of journalist Gary Webb.



Paramaribo, SURINAME Friday October 10, 2014

Should Britanny Maynard end her Life?

Dear friends I wasn’t able to post anything yesterday because I was so caught up with Brittany Maynard. A beautiful 29 years, young newlywed woman of San Francisco who has moved to Oregon so she can have…

I am trying to find a way to send a print of Grand Canyon to Britanny and am touched by the human response to her story. 

In the Shadow of the Volcano


Symbol of the Borderlands and the Americas.

Jaguar, 8x10

Illustration/Graphite on Paper 

(via scientificillustration)

Protect our Grand Canyon. I just got back from a 10 day river trip with the Nation Nation. I was inspired to create inspiring images to foster cultural and land stewardship in regards to the proposed tramway. For more info:


What is a Grand Canyon River Trip journey like? Join us on for Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Dept. Colorado River trip 2014 by Tony Marinella


In 2012, the Border Patrol shot through the posts of a fence and killed Jose Antonio Elena-Rodriguez, a 16-year-old who was throwing rocks. The metal posts of the barrier divide Nogales, Arizona from Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora. More than a year and a half after the shooting, a cross marks the spot of the teenager’s death. (@nprinskeep/NPR) 

Moon and Jupiter. This sky map shows the location of Jupiter near the gibbous moon at 7 p.m. local time on Feb. 10, 2014 as seen from mid-northern latitudes.

Seperado Nunca : All Souls Procession Tucson, AZ 2013 
I watched Under The Volcano this past Dia De Los Muertes and played Lalo Guerrero all day into the night. The extra chocolate turkey mole simmered and the candles burned to welcome those wandering souls home. I offered a toast of Don Cuco Sotol, el sabor de Chihuahua, remembering the flowers scattered in loving memory; the taste of melting ice cream and visiting loved ones at their grave; Mariachis caress the photos of their lost compadres and sing him a song; plastic flower gardens bloom in the desert, the earth holds the bones of memory.

….They say we are poor,
but I never noticed that.
I was happy in my world
in that neighborhood I loved.

Beautiful were the serenades
at three o’clock in the morning
that I used to sing to my love,
right close up to her window.

Along the street of the convent,
there’s a destroyed house
left like a monument
to the great love of my life.

Poor old neighborhood,
how it must hurt,
when in the name of progress,
another wall is torn down.

Viejo barrio, old neighborhood,
I too have gotten old.
And when one gets old,
no one remembers you.

Let us die together.
Let them bury me in your soil
and we’ll be two corpses
surrounded by a thousand memories. LALO GUERRERO

Lalo Guerrero: Barrio Viejo where I live in Tucson.

The lyrics to Barrio Viejo:

Don Cuco Sotol, el sabor de Chihuahua,

I really love this video’s message that can be grasp by kids and adults who make the decisions of what we eat - it is a great mix of photography; animation; whimsically and intelligently addressing FOOD in the public schools in America. This is before Pink Slime even which looks like a scary cartoon reality imposed on our lower income families- very inspiring - and one can digest the information w/o a tummy ache ; ) We all have a LOT to learn still - no more fake food ! Keep it real for the future. 

NOTES from the other side of the Fence-

I am back in America ; in Arizona with my heart in Mexico -I have great respect and admiration for the PEACE, DIGNITY AND JUSTICE Movement born out of the region of Chihuahua the place I have called my home for the past five years at the hight of the violence that has plagued my community. The story of Julien Le Baron and his family is an important one - and under reported in our American media. I came across  this report and wanted to share it. There is much to learn about our countries inter-relationship ; the effects of NAFTA; the ‘war on drugs’ that is destroying communities and a way of life. I believe in the work towards peace. 


Channel: Latin American Affairs

Mexico’s movement for “Peace with Justice and Dignity” took another blow this week, after gunmen killed and tortured indigenous activist, Jose Trinidad de la Cruz.

But despite the violence they…