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a day like the others -- and no other.

There is a cost for being attuned to one's environment. Today was similar to my recent days in Mexico. I arose early to share a pot of tea with the creatures that visit me in the early morning. The hummingbird who pays no attention to me. The two fledgling doves who are increasing my future as a guano lord. The Inca dove and her nestling who cower at my approach and are certain I am going to eat both of them in a chili pie. And the black vultures who gracefully fly arcs around the communication tower before flying off on an offal venture. Along with the supporting cast of dragonflies, bees, wasps, and other critters who treat my swimming pool as an oasis in the Serengeti. And, of course, the occasional snake. This morning they were joined by a bat Dora had conjured up from the utility alcove. Same cycle, slightly altered. There is something comforting in their regularity. But, even in their predictability, a slight variation will occur. Instead of flying to her usua

Published by mexpatriate at November 04, 2020 8:13 pm.

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Mexico’s Tipping Culture.

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexican trading culture. "La Propina" is appropriate in many everyday situations and this article helps you get acquainted with them

Published by Mexperience at November 04, 2020 12:00 pm.

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An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Ten.

Above, Peacock Alley merging New Yorks Waldorf and Astoria into one luxurious hotel Begin with Chapter One ~ Return to Chapter Nine Emma Bentzen Koehler, August 1911 Missus Koehler, I have a telegram for you, says the clerk behind the desk, before awkwardly sprawling across the counter to lean down and place the envelope in Continue reading An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Ten

Published by Postcards from San Antonio at November 04, 2020 11:21 am.

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Coronavirus Dashboard November 4, 2020.

Latest Changes: SMA: 1 new death, 13 new cases, 71 active confirmed cases. GTO: 20 new deaths, 364 new cases. MEX: 493 new deaths. SMA: 37 deaths, 714 confirmed, 41 suspected, 606 recovered. SMA: 36 deaths, 701 confirmed, 37 suspected, 597 recovered (previous). SMA New cases, active cases and...

Published by San Miguel FAQ at November 04, 2020 4:05 am.

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a good story is better than facts.

Mexico is filled with interesting stories.
Some are based on fact. Others are more creative with the truth. The genesis myth of the word "gringo" is a perfect example. You can still hear tourist guides reeling off interesting tales that the word was a slur-taunt by Mexican peasants urging the green-clad American soldiers of 1846 to go home. “Green go.” That version never made sense for at least two reasons: its internal inconsistencies and the fact the American soldiers in that era wore blue. You will still hear people repeating the story even though linguists long ago debunked it. “Gringo" dates back to at least the early 1700s in Spain and was used to refer to a non-native speaker of Spanish. Probably, derived from the Spanish word for "Greek" -- as in, it is all Greek to me. If used as it was initially, it would not apply simply to a specific nationality. And there is another, which is the topic of today’s essay. How San Patricio got its name. There are ple

Published by mexpatriate at November 03, 2020 6:52 pm.

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Administrative Court suspends the sanctions of the Ministry of Public Function against Nexos.

On the morning of Tuesday, November 3, the Federal Administrative Court of Justice published a notification, on its website, stating that Nexos, Sociedad Ciencia y Literatura SA de CV, has been granted a provisional suspension of the sanctions imposed by the Secretariat of the Public function last August. The company name Nexos, Sociedad, Ciencia y Literatura, covers the activity of the Nexos Magazine and Ediciones Cal y Arena.

Published by Nexos at November 03, 2020 1:29 pm.

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2400 Units of Vitamin D a Day for Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia, one of the most common joint and muscle diseases, afflicting millions of Americans, is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, often accompanied by other symptoms, ...

Published by NutritionFacts.org at November 03, 2020 7:00 am.

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A Look at Getting Lab Work Done in Mexico.

I normally begin my morning by reading the morning news online, drinking a couple of cups of black coffee and...

Published by Two Expats Mexico at November 03, 2020 5:30 am.

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Coronavirus Dashboard November 3, 2020.

Latest Changes: SMA: 6 new cases, 68 active confirmed cases. GTO: 23 new deaths, 244 new cases. MEX: 205 new deaths. SMA: 36 deaths, 701 confirmed, 37 suspected, 597 recovered. SMA: 36 deaths, 695 confirmed, 55 suspected, 590 recovered (previous). SMA New cases, active cases and 7 day moving...

Published by San Miguel FAQ at November 03, 2020 4:50 am.

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Skeletons, catrinas & catrines for Leo.

For my skeleton loving grandson, the 2020 skeletons, catrinas, and catrines hanging around Oaxaca. Seen on the sidewalks, businesses, and balconies of Oaxaca on November 1 and 2 — during these days we welcome and celebrate with our departed.

Published by View From Casita Colibrí at November 02, 2020 6:05 pm.

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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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