|Thirty of our favorite "Letters"
- Everything Comes To Those Who Wait...In The Zócalo: In Oaxaca, the town square is the center of public life.
- Timing Is Everything: When is the next bus due? When should you cross the street? All is revealed.
- Getting And Giving Back: Sharing the wealth in the ancient Zápotec ritual of "Téquio".
- Norange, Anyone? A hymn of praise to the fresh produce of Mexico.
- A Concientious Civil Servant: A portrait of one man caught up in the oppressive machinery of the State.
- Bless This Restaurant: A new business opens in the traditional manner.
- The Rites Of Spring: Some reflections on the turning of the seasons as the snowbirds wend their way north.
- Is There A Doctor In The House? How much of a problem is Montezuma's Revenge? How can you prevent it?
- The Hidden Places: In Oaxaca, much is hidden, and things are often not what they seem.
- How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm? Bright lights, big city: kids leave the farm for urban promise.
- A Tale Of Two Students: Two young men from different villages live in quite different circumstances while studying for their careers.
- Do You Live Here? Acceptance of newcomers by old foreign residents is not always easy to get.
- The Servant: Is there slave trade in Mexico? Some would say yes; others are not so sure.
- Behold, A Flock of Tourists: If you've ever been in a ruin over-run with busloads of folks gawking and taking pictures with wild abandon, you will be able to forgive me the gentle barbs I toss at the folks with their signs held high in the air.
- Interview With The Curandera: White witch? Spiritual faker? Humble servant of the people? Meet the lady who can cure what ails you by rubbing an egg on your tummy.
- Let's Keep It To Ourselves: Intrepid author gets a hard time from his fellow expatriates, for being too positive about Oaxaca.
- A Tale of Three Guadalupes and Two Celebrations: When you want it done right, ask a woman. A tale of three strong Mexicanas who have influenced their times.
- Say Goodbye, Gracie: A prophet is not without honor, save among the folks he left behind.
- A Dying Breed: Like many of the craftsmen in Oaxaca, this Ekate weaver will not leave any apprentices behind to carry on the trade.
- Anybody Know Today's Rate? Day traders, move over! Peso fluctuations turn everyone into a speculator.
- Sharing The Wealth: Beggars of all stripes make the rounds downtown, reminding us that beggars are God's way of telling us we have too much.
- Screwing The Screwfly In Chiapas: An encounter with a (probable) CIA agent and a supporter of the right-wing paramilitaries enlivens Stan's stay in Chiapas.
- Traffic Control, Mexican Style: Sleeping policemen come in lots of shapes and sizes.
- Is This The Border Zone, Or The Twilight Zone? Taking a bus from Tijuana to Los Angeles turns out to be the bus ride from Hell.
- A World Class Museum Opens In Oaxaca: The Oaxaca Regional Museum is so spectacular that words don't suffice to describe it, so here are some photos...
- Please Stop Rocking The Bus: Stan is caught in the middle of an argument between a bus driver and a mob of demonstrators. Scary!
- A Small Mound In Xoxo: Unexpectedly, Stan and Diana are confronted with the reality of infant mortality in Mexico.
- Mexico Electronico: The old tricks of the "old dogs" of politics don't work as well with the Internet of today as they used to when the bosses controlled the
public's access to media.
- I'm Not The Person I Used To Be: Alas, for better or worse, I have become part of the Gringo Establishment.
- Home Again, Home Again: Every year we go to California to visit the kids and the grandkids, and every year I thank my lucky stars that I have returned home to Oaxaca.
[Read a selection of "Letters From Oaxaca, Mexico"]
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