Saturday, April 29, 2017

Volume 18

Volume 18, No. 3: September 3, 2014

And a good time was had by all: The Zocalo is still occupied by the teachers. Hundreds of new booths have sprung up around the center, clogging streets and walkways. The governor appears to

Volume 18, No. 2: July 18, 2014

Some things never change: The classic definition of an obsessive-compulsive is a person who repeats the same unsuccessful behavior over and over hoping that it will work this time or that m

Volume 18, No. 1: June 1, 2014

Noblesse Oblige: Alfredo Harp Helu is one of Mexico's wealthiest people, worth over a billion dollars.  His cousin, Carlos Slim Helu (their mothers are sisters), is one of the top two rich

Volume 17, No. 12: April 20, 2014

Geri Anderson is one of our oldest Oaxaca friends.  She made her living for years as a free-lance travel writer, and threw some magazine work my way when I really needed it.  Her web site h

Volume 17, No. 11: March 17, 2014

My last visit to the Migra: On February 7, I became a permanent resident of the United States of Mexico.  Picking up my identity card and putting it in my pocket was a nearly indescribable

Volume 17, No. 10: January 24, 2014

Happy New Year: Greetings from sunny Oaxaca, where the tourists wear shorts while we old timers would shiver in similar attire.  It’s all what you’re used to, no? (more…)

Volume 17, No. 8: October 26, 2013

Oh, no, not again? Our mayor, no doubt with visions of rivers of money pouring in to our perennially empty treasury, revived the parking meter plan this week: put meters in the Centro.  Ann

Volume 17, No. 7: September 12, 2013

Alejandro Santiago, Presente: Creator of "2,501 Migrants", an homage in clay to those whose lives have been lost on the journey to find a better life "on the other side", Maestro  Alejandro

Volume 17, No. 6: July 14, 2013

And the winner is: The PRI.  As predicted here, the PRI had a good day on Sunday in an off-year election for mayors and state-wide offices such as deputies (state representatives). (more&he

Volume 17, No. 5: June 20, 2013

The end of the trail: In this, the 19th year of my bi-national status, and the 75th of my existence, I have resolved that I will be done with annual trips back to the "old country"; that I

Volume 17, No.4: April 4, 2013

A good ending: Giving is a large industry in the impoverished areas around my home in Paradise.  The issues that surround charity are never far from the thinking, doing, and realities of pe

Volume 17, No. 3: January, 2013

Perfection: I can now define “perfection”, thanks to the invention of the Perfectometer.  As you can see in the photo, it is easy to construct from scraps lying around the house.  Our frien