This is the story of my experiences living as an ex-pat in Mexico since 2003. It's to culminate in a published book. With your help, I'll be editing, selecting a title, and cover art. This is a participatory project.

June 26, 2017

Get Lost!

Is getting lost an entirely bad thing? It’s disorienting, disturbing, and problematic. But I think there can be upsides.

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Letters

Letters from Mexico

July 29, 2017              

Myths About Mexico

First, I am piggy-backing off of the last letter, Get Lost! And 'll describe some of the logistics of living and traveling in Mexico after.

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Aug. 26, 2017

Mexico's

Click and Clack Culture

I’m walking along one of the main streets in the center of Tepoztlan where I live.     I bump into a friend. CLICK!

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Sept. 30, 2017

Fiasco with the Federales

At three AM the red-eye bus going home from the coast ends at a service control stop.

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Oct. 28, 2017

Beaches of Mexico

Not long after I moved to Mexico (2003), I spent two weeks in Tulum. It’s the best for swimming I’ve visited.

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Nov. 25, 2017

Mexico Is Fiesta!

Fiestas were the major reason I moved to Mexico. I love this part of the culture! The music and dance, costumes, foods, parades, and ceremonies—different for every occasion.

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December 30, 2017

My Daily Life in Mexico: Tepoztlan, Morelos

What’s daily life like living in Mexico? I’ll share experiences of what I do.

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January 27, 2018

Becoming Mexicanized--

Living in Mexico on a LowBudget

When you live in another country don’t expect it to be the same as yours. It’s an adaptation requiring patience. This is what I call “becoming Mexicanized.”

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February 24, 2018

Acapulco--

More Than Beaches and Banana Boats

When Mexicans and international visitors think of Acapulco, beaches, water sports, and the famous cliff divers come to mind. Less seemly images are narco trafficking and high homicide rates.

March 24, 2018

This Letter features murals feeding the eye and soul the colorful nourishment of the Latino culture.

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Murals of Tepoztlan

April 28, 2018

Fiestas of Tepoztlan

The major factor that drew me to move to Mexico was experiencing it's fiestas. They are loud and colorful, a feast for the senses, with nothing like them in the US.

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May 26, 2018

Sounds of Tepoztlan

Tepoztlan, in Central Mexico, is a "magic city." It is tourist oriented and the streets are crowded on weekends. During the week there are many fiestas.In a prior blog, I wrote of how noisy Tepoztlan is, and how one acclimates to the noise in time. What kinds of sounds are there?

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June 30, 2018

Water In Mexico

Mexico is a dry country. Then how does it deal with water? In this blog, I'll be introducing a local organization, in Tepoztlan, state of Morelos, that develops and educates on different aspects of water sustainability.

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July 28, 201

Watery Places

In this blog, I’ll introduce you to two places where water runs year round. These places have been “spiritual sites” since antiquity.

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August 25, 2018

Jose of Tepoztlan

I interviewed Jose Rodriguez, an expat from the US with relatives in Mexico. He’s an excellent filmmaker/photographer.

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September 29, 2018

Healers and Healing

From the regular mainstream practitioners to far out forms of alternative healing and traditional indigenous medicine--you'll find it all, side by side, in Mexico.

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October 27, 2018

Sacred Plant Medicine

In Mexico, where law enforcement is more relaxed than elsewhere, one finds numerous ceremonies using psychoactive plants.

November 24, 2018

Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico. Only an hour away is Mexico’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Chapala.

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December 29, 2018

Christmas In Tepoztlan

In Mexico, the holiday is celebrated differently than in the US or other parts of the world.

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January 27, 2019

Climate in Tepoztlan, Mexico

The elevation of Tepoztlán is midway between that of Mexico City and Cuernavaca, at 5627 ft. It is 19 degrees north of the equator. These are some of the factors that make its climate a very favorable temperate one.

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March 2, 2019

Trails In Tepoztlan, Mexico

The most used trail in Tepoztlán is the one to its pyramid, Tepozteco.

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March 30, 2019

Tlayacapan, Mexico

Tlayacapan, a Pueblo Magico (Magic City), in central Mexico is noted for it’s dancing Chinelos, 26 small chapels, and pottery made from the red clay in the hills.

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May 25, 2019

The Silver City

Taxco, pronounced Tasko, is noted for its finely crafted silver.

June 29, 2019

Cuernavaca Part One

Cuernavaca, with a population of 350,000 is the capital of the state of Morelos.

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July 27, 2019

Cuernavaca

Part Two

This is a continuation from the previous blog, Cuernavaca Part One.

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Aug. 31, 2019

A Mexican Artist

Alejandro Aguirre Hernandez is an artist and musician in Tepoztlan, Mexico.

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Sept. 28, 2019

Deer Sanctuary--  Tepoztlan, Mexico

The Deer Sanctuary (Santuario de los Venaditos) is a beautiful nature preserve with two main trails--one to a cascade, and the other to an overlook with petroglyphs and a cave.

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Oct. 26, 2019

A Musician in Tepoztlan

Jim Doney is a drummer extraordinaire! Not only is he a skilled and creative jazz drummer, but also a good teacher, and an inventor of a special musical instrument, based on his research of tunings.

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Nov. 30, 2019

A Music Festival in Tepoztlan

This was an all day outdoor music festival in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

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Dec. 28, 2019

Housebuilding in Mexico

Buying land and building a house in Mexico is no easy feat. This article tells the story of a friend of mine who has done it and in a very innovative and artistic way.

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January 25, 2020

Cloud Atlas Tepoztlan

In central Mexico, there are two seasons—dry and rainy. During the rainy season, we often see spectacular skies, with clouds oozing down the strange mountain shapes that characterize Tepoztlan.

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February 29, 2020

Tourists in Tepoztlan

Tepoztlan, in the state of Morelos, is in central Mexico, in the "volcanic region." It has the designation, "Magic City." The federal government recognizes its tourist potential and provides funding.

March 28, 2020

A Bilingual Hiking Group In Tepoztlan

Tepoztlan has many incredible trails that I've explored over the years. A man named Jesus contacted me to be a trail guide and help form a bilingual hiking group here.

April 25, 2020

A Mexican

Abstract Painter

Christina Del Valle Macleod is an abstract painter who lives in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

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May 30, 2020

In order to continue the federal funding normally paid to a "magic city" in Mexico, Tepoztlan needs to meet a certain level of cleanliness.

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The climate in Tepoztan is temperate, making it an ideal place to grow plants. The soil is from volcanic deposits, and very rich.

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Trash in Tepoztlan

Gardens in Tepoztlan

June 27, 2020

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July 24, 2020

My Neighborhood in Tepoztlan Part One

This is a personal description of my neighborhood in Mexico. It is not just any neighborhood, or an average one.

August 29, 2020

My Neighborhood in Tepoztlan

Part Two

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I’m sharing what my neighborhood is like in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. This is the second part, where we explore the streets away from the my apartment.

September 26, 2020

Rainy Season

There are two seasons in Tepoztlán: rainy and dry.

October 31, 2020

Equinox Ceremony at Finger Rock

On September 22, the day of the fall equinox, I hiked alone into the mountains near where I live, in Tepoztlán, to honor the transition of seasons.

November 28, 2020

Off-Grid Living in Mexico

Have you ever thought of simplifying your life? Living off-grid and in closer harmony with nature?

It's fun to shop for fresh vegetables and fruit at the outdoor markets.

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December 26, 2020

Food Markets in Tepoztlán, Mexico

January 30, 2021

The  Sacred Fire

Community

Around the world, at the Sacred Fire, people take part in one of humanity’s oldest traditions—sitting together around a fire.

February 27, 2021

A Trail in Amatlán

Amatlán is an ancient village in the municipality of Tepoztlán. It is the birthplace of the Nahuat god Quetzalcóatl. Its name derives from that of the Amate tree, from which a form of paper was made. I am going to introduce you to one of the trails there.

March 27, 2021

Trails From Tepoztlán Centro

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There are many trails in the area through the mountains and woods. Recently I discovered two trails that are only a fifteen minute walk from Centro.

April 24, 2021

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Craig  Lewis:

Cultural Creative/Mexican Immigrant

In this article, we'll look at how Craig Lewis, a refugee from the US, adjusted to living in Mexico, and we'll explore his projects.

May 29, 2021

"Jazz Is"-Tepoztlán

This newly formed jazz trio had their debut on Sunday, May 2, at La Sombra del Sabino, in Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico.

June 26, 2021

Mountain Hike/Retreat in Tepoztlán

Follow my adventure climbing a mountain and sleeping in a cave.