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breaking bread from hawaii.

"You have no idea how to cook authentic Italian food." My friend Dan Agostini must have told me that a hundred times since I first met him in the 1970s. Usually, I had just committed some unforgivable travesty using onions and garlic in a dish when a Calabrian grandmother would not use either. Or, the ultimate transgression: using Spanish olive oil -- in anything. Some of you may remember my friend Jack Brock, who died here in a freak bicycle accident four years ago. He loved food, especially Mexican food. But he was a stickler for authenticity. If offered a plates of _chiles en nogada_ that did not contain exactly the correct number of ingredients, he would reject it as a fraud. Unlike Jack and Dan, I am not a traditionalist when it comes to food. My general rule is to never cook or eat the same dish twice. I understand traditional cooking. That is how I learned to cook. Abstract artists first must master the art of drawing before they venture down their own path.

Published by mexpatriate at November 02, 2020 12:16 pm.

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Mexico Is Still Welcoming Americans.

Simon Black, Founder, SovereignMan.com, says Americans always threaten to leave for Canada if the election goes badly. He suggests there are many other places to escape to. Mexico is the country that the US federal government has tried so hard to block for immigration purposes. Yet, in an ironic twist of fate, Mexico is still welcoming Americans. One of the few countries that do.
According to Simon Black, “Right now, US citizens have limited options for international travel. But Mexico is still open, including to Americans.
**Mexico Is Still Welcoming Americans**
“You can enter Mexico without a visa and stay for up to 180 days, no questions asked.
“One of our Sovereign Man team members did this recently, enjoying a great deal of freedom on Mexico’s Gulf coast, as well as a fantastic lifestyle at a minimal cost.
“He told us recently that he went to a barber and paid just $4 for a haircut (including a generous tip), then treated his family to a delicious lunch at a great restauran

Published by Mexico Calling at November 02, 2020 11:37 am.

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An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Nine.

Above, Houston Street streetcar approaches Alamo Plaza Begin with Chapter One ~ Return to Chapter Eight Andrew Stevens, July 1911 I feel deeply slighted you have not spent more evenings with me during our wives absence, Otto, scolds the Colonel jokingly. We should devote more time to late-night cards and drinks. He winks. Wenn die Continue reading An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Nine

Published by Postcards from San Antonio at November 02, 2020 8:38 am.

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Dia de los Muertos, a tradition both solemn and hilarious.

**Skulls and white candles are traditional elements of Dia de los Muertos**. Each November 2, Mexico celebrates its unique Day of the Dead fiesta. Although the day falls just after Halloween, it has no connection to that rather empty and highly commercialized north-of-the-border event. Unfortunately, the current pandemic has caused the cancellation of most of this year's traditional fiesta activities--particularly those involving large groups. However, an elaborate _Dia de los Muertos_ altar recently appeared on the corner of _Calle Galleana_ and _Calle Venustiano Carranza_ , near my home in _Ajijic_.
My encounter with the altar inspired this posting. The fiesta has some solemn elements, but mostly it is a wildly colorful and decidedly hilarious event. I hope this lightens up the grimness of these times for members of my blog audience. The first section of this posting will focus on the altar that my Mexican neighbors erected in the last few days. The remainder of the photos will

Published by Jim & Carole's Mexico Adventure at November 01, 2020 6:39 pm.

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partial shutdown.

I almost became a rabbi. Almost. In the late 1980s, I took a series of classes on talmudic exegesis. My goal was not to convert. What I wanted to do was to hone my relationship with scripture by looking at it through the eyes of a different perspective. I am glad I took the courses because it provided me with a skill set to try to make some sense of Jalisco's current two-week quasi-shutdown. Last week, the governor of Jalisco issued an order designed to slow down the rate of virus infection in the state. The rate as of last Sunday had exceeded 400 confirmed cases per million inhabitants. That triggered a set of rules. The fact that the governor took the action without federal authority is just another layer of this tale. But we do not need to deal with the Mexican politics that fuels the action. I do not envy any politician who has to draft rules to deal with the virus. Immunologists know very little about the specifics of the virus or the disease it causes. Th

Published by mexpatriate at November 01, 2020 1:10 pm.

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Living in Mexico: Another Lesson Learned! DON'T TOUCH WITHOUT LOOKING! SCORPION!

We were doing yoga on our outside patio in Sayulita. It's hot here right now, so I asked Jon to bring me a "sweat cloth". We keep a basket of cloth napkins out on our patio table to use when we exercise. I didn't look at it when he handed it to me while I sat relaxing on my yoga mat. But my lizard brain registered that my thumb was lightly resting on a small coiled object--like the tail of my dried seahorse I keep in a shadow box.
I looked down at the cloth and, in a flash, realized my thumb was on the coiled tail of this scorpion, screamed, and threw it on the ground! I called Jon over and together we studied it closely. Of course, neither of us had our glasses on as we were doing yoga, but we agreed that he was dead.
I said, "This is worth a photo," and I picked up the cloth by the corner, set it on my computer keyboard, and went to grab my phone for a shot. As soon as I had taken the photo, that scorpion came to life and scrambled between the folds of the cloth, trying to hide.

Published by Retirement Before the Age of 59 at November 01, 2020 1:09 pm.

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Hearts and flowers of Muertos.

Even the plastics recycling bins in Oaxaca are getting into the spirit of Day of the Dead. And cempasúchil (marigolds) to beckon the difuntos (departed) and plastic bottles.

Published by View From Casita Colibrí at November 01, 2020 12:23 pm.

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Art IS the answer….

Today I read a forward, sent to me by one of my dearest friends. And once I finished, I felt like crying because I wished the words would continue for many more pages. At the end of the post you’re reading, I have reproduced the whole piece, as sent to me. So if you wantContinue reading "Art IS the answer…"

Published by Changes in Our Lives at November 01, 2020 7:40 am.

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Celebrating Life on Day of the Dead in Mexico.

One of Mexico's most important religious holidays is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd

Published by Mexperience at November 01, 2020 5:00 am.

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Shoulder load.

The Treasures of History book has just appeared; in a part of it the authors Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan speak of the “50 most important documents of civilization”.

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:36 am.

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1384: The cause of the plague.

We, the teachers of the medical school in Paris, inspired by our desire to achieve something that is of public benefit, have decided to make a brief compendium of the distant and immediate causes of the present universal epidemic, as far as the human intellect can understand them. .

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:36 am.

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How to tell the moon.

The menstrual moon (which comes out from month to month like the woman who comes to her), Rosida, wandering, radiant, cinderella, quiet, semiform (half-faced), triform (because it is called moon in heaven and proserpina in hell and target on earth) ...

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:35 am.

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In the name of French cuisine.

The waters of the Caribbean live shaken by buccaneers, incessant scourging, and the Spanish lose some islands. Feathers of the enemy write new chronicles and in them the manatee is present.

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:34 am.

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When this happens.

In the midst of the horizon and the silence, the confinement makes plans with us; breaks the gloom from time to time with the promise of the unheard of and leaves us imagining how it must be.

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:33 am.

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Sway of hesitations.

From her days as a dancer, Alma Guillermoprieto keeps two gifts: discipline and attention to gestures. Journalism, a discipline of curiosity and observation.

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:32 am.

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Venezuela: when remittances exceeded oil revenues.

Ten years ago, Venezuela's oil income amounted to $ 90 billion annually. This year it is expected to reach just 2.3 billion. The drop is so dramatic that, for the first time, remittances from the nearly 6 million Venezuelans who have left the country will exceed oil revenues.

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:31 am.

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The lament and the bravado.

Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for president of the United States, has made empathy his main political capital. His ability to identify with those who suffer, to show solidarity with the misfortune of others, even those most distant, has earned him a place of distinction in the hostile world of partisan politics.

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:30 am.

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On September 29, 2006, the inhabitants of Khairlanji, in the state of Maharashtra, India, decided to do justice: restore order, put things in their place, where tradition wants, avenge the wrong that the presence of the Bhotmange family, decided to clean up the village. Surekha Bhotmange certainly had the right to buy land and live there with his family, but it wasn't about the law, it was about justice.

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:29 am.

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Human mourning and revolution.

Shortly before fulfilling the order to kill him, Adan had the opportunity to meet Natividad, the union leader who was causing annoyance to the federal government. The two men walked together for ten miles along the canals of the newly inaugurated Irrigation System.

Published by Nexos at November 01, 2020 12:28 am.

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Dia de los Muertos commemorations deeply rooted in citys past.

To know San Antonio is to understand that this is a town essentially Mexican and that the way to see the town at its liveliest and gayest is to take part in one of the fiestas of the folk. In these fiestas, with the exception of a few severely religious rites, nobody is merely a Continue reading Dia de los Muertos commemorations deeply rooted in citys past

Published by Postcards from San Antonio at October 31, 2020 5:03 pm.

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sean connery lives on.

Time is a writer's worst enemy -- and best friend. I told you today I was going to write about the closure order in Jalisco. But that will have to wait for tomorrow. Or, at least, until later. The newspaper headline this morning has sent me in another direction. "Sean Connery, actor and the original James Bond, dies at 90." Like most people, I have generally imprisoned myself in my house because of the virus. One of my devices to stave off boredom was to pull out some of my favorite movies. We had a Woody Allen Festival. A Star Trek festival. An Alfred Hitchcock Festival. But my favorite was the Sean Connery Festival. Most of the obituaries this morning have led with a reference to James Bond -- the movie persona I suspect most people would associate with him. And it is not a bad association. After all, he was the original movie Bond, and the first three movies in the series would be the benchmark for the rest of the series. A comparison that the other fil

Published by mexpatriate at October 31, 2020 10:29 am.

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Up in the air.

Bonnie Lee Black wrote: When the wind blows through the corridor that is the street where I live, I can now hear from my third-floor apartment window a rustling sound, like the rustle of leaves in a thick stand of bamboo. But it’s not bamboo. It’s several strands of string on which my Mexican...

Published by San Miguel FAQ at October 31, 2020 2:59 am.

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Invitation to my departed.

These are strange days leading up to our departed coming to call while we are living in the time of Covid-19. With public activities canceled, thus no nightly calendas (parades) filling the streets and our ears, and fewer tourists, Oaxaca is experiencing more peace and tranquility this Day of the Dead season — albeit laced ...

Published by View From Casita Colibrí at October 30, 2020 1:42 pm.

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changing with change.

I moved to Mexico to wake up each morning to have no idea how I was going to get through the day. Life in Salem was far too comfortable -- almost as if I were existing amongst the walking dead. That type of comfortable. I wanted something more challenging in my life. And I found it in Mexico. This is usually the point where someone asks me if I wanted life-challenging experiences why didn't I move to Havana -- or Damascus. And the answer to that is easy. I suppose I could throw up the old F. Scott Fitzgerald trope of holding two opposed ideas in mind at the same time, but that would simply be cheating. Even though I thrive on the notion that death may be lurking around the next corner, I also like to add a bit of nostalgia to the mix. Some people regularly say that Mexico is in about the same social and economic position as the United States was 50 or 70 years ago. I have no idea how data-driven that observation is, but it has the ring of truth for the Me

Published by mexpatriate at October 30, 2020 11:50 am.

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Time Limits on Mexico Visitor and Residency Visas.

Answers to common questions about time limits and exit/entry rules for Mexico visitor and residency visas

Published by Mexperience at October 30, 2020 10:00 am.

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Natural Healing Calabaza.

The oldest pumpkin seed found was in the Guila Naquitz Cave in Oaxaca and dates as far back as 7000 BC. Squash has been cultivated in the Tehuacan and Oaxaca valleys and in Tamaulipas since 6000-5000 BC. Its cultivation predates Continue reading

Published by Surviving Mexico at October 30, 2020 7:15 am.

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keeping the franchise alive after moving to mexico.

I have voted. If you had asked me earlier in the year the one thing I was positive would not happen in my life, it would be writing that sentence. Several times in the last three months, I have decided this year's American election could do without my participation. And that is a big break from my past. I have been personally involved in every American election (and a few elections in other countries) since 1952. First, as a toddler distributing political literature and impersonating the political convention speakers on the radio. Then, as a voter, and, eventually, a candidate myself. Having turned 21 (the required age at the time), I have voted in every election where I have been eligible since 1970. Not voting in 2020 would be a break in a long streak. I simply was not motivated to do it. I was concerned, when I moved to Mexico, that I would no longer have the option of voting. But the county clerk of Washoe County dutifully came to my rescue by mailing a Nev

Published by mexpatriate at October 29, 2020 5:51 pm.

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Nightmare on Fray Juan de San Miguel street, Part Three.

In a story about construction on Fray Juan de San Miguel and a lack of water for some of our neighbors for three weeks I pointed out that the effects on us, personally, had been very minor, so far. From September 30 News: Nightmare on Fray Juan de San Miguel street. Then on October 5 in Nightmare...

Published by San Miguel FAQ at October 29, 2020 3:50 pm.

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