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 mere repetition will bestow good fortune. If you or I observed someone exhibiting this kind of self-defeating behavior, we might well suggest a therapist, a cold shower, or a dose of LSD: something to shock them out of the treadmill of hopelessness and self-punishment they have devised for themselves. Continue reading “Volume 18, No. 2: July 18, 2014”

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 guys in the world.  Harp sits on the board of Banamex, while Slim owns TelMex, the nation’s communications monopoly.  Each of them has built public spaces with a small percentage of their money, Slim in MexCity and Harp right here in Oaxaca. Continue reading “Volume 18, No. 1: June 1, 2014”

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.  Announced with great fanfare before taking it to the city council for approval, it kicked up a firestorm of protest.  In fact, only the parking meter company and the mayor liked the idea.  When it got to the full council, it was resoundingly defeated. Continue reading “Volume 17, No. 8: October 26, 2013”

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 no longer have any need to live in other places; that Oaxaca, for better or worse, is the stage on which I will play out the long and winding road that has been what I have dubbed my “inappropriate life” (see my incomplete Memoir). Continue reading “Volume 17, No. 5: June 20, 2013”