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February 2012

February 2012
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Editor’s Letter

I have always loved Valentine’s. When I was a kid I would give heart shaped cards to every kid in my class- they said things like ‘you’re the best’ or ‘you’re a super friend.’ As I got older, Valentine’s gestures were reserved for crushes and boyfriends.

If you are single, cupid seems to be having a good laugh at your plummeting self-esteem and if you are in a relationship you are looking at your mate and hoping they will live up to the task of Valentine’s. You hope they will meet your expectations, or the expectations of your friends who will later compare notes on the gift, dinner and how high the romance factor was. Continue reading Editor’s Letter

Remembering Ximena Osegueda

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It was a great injustice and tragedy this December when Ximena was taken from this life. I think even an accomplished writer would struggle to convey the magnitude of this loss, there are stacks of adjectives to describe her but it isn’t enough. To comprehensively study Ximena (and she was one for comprehensive study!) one would need to look at her amazing connection to her community, see the smiles of the kids while she taught capoeira, hear her voice as she defended against acculturation in Mexico and to feel her support in friendship. She moved through each day with a grace and respect for those around her that was enviable. Continue reading Remembering Ximena Osegueda

The Best Beaches on the Oaxacan Riviera: You Told Us!

By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

Way back in December 2011, we launched the first monthly Huatulco Eye survey. We asked readers to tell us what beaches on the Oaxacan Riveria were the best to snorkel, surf, sunbathe, people-watch, walk, eat a great fish meal, watch the sunrise, watch the sunset and the best beaches for activities we left up to readers to specify. Well readers, those of you who took a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire, have made it clear that we have an abundance of great beaches – 20 beaches were nominated as the best in one or more categories. Continue reading The Best Beaches on the Oaxacan Riviera: You Told Us!

The Legend of Princess Donaji

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Once upon a time in the beautiful hills of Oaxaca, hidden in the lush forest was the palace of the great Zapotec king. His daughter, princess Donaji went every morning to stroll through the forest and listen to the birds with the extraordinary feathers sing. One day she discovered a stream that soon became a river and as she walked along the river she saw a silver sheet of water cascading over a beautiful rock. Today this rock is known as Guela Bupu. Every morning thereafter Princess Donaji would go to a cave that was hidden behind the waterfall and bathe. Continue reading The Legend of Princess Donaji

A Reader’s Paradise: La Biblioteca de San Agustinillo

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Four thousand books from which to choose—in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Dutch. Books for children in Spanish, French, and English. Make your selections at the Biblioteca de San Agustinillo in the quiet pueblo of the same name (population 250), snuggled between the hip beach of Mazunte and the night life of Zipolite on the Oaxacan Riviera.  Continue reading A Reader’s Paradise: La Biblioteca de San Agustinillo

The Blues: Indigo

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Añil, scientific name generally referring to Indigofera tinctoria, belongs to the pea family and is the source of the beautiful color indigo. In Nahuatl it is called jiquitle. The plant is a shrub, growing up to 1.5 m in height also used for a blue dye is its close relative Indigofera suffruticosa, which is the species used in Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America). Like other plants in the pea family, these plants ‘fix’ nitrogen through the interaction of bacteria living in the nodules of the plants’ roots, thereby and enriching the soil without the need for supplemental nitrogen. They are also excellent plants for erosion control. Continue reading The Blues: Indigo

The Color Purple

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Since Ancient times, in both Europe and Mesoamerica, purple has been associated with royalty and special religious ceremonies. As this exquisitely rich color was both rare and time consuming to achieve, collectors of purple dye were highly respected. Today only twenty five men remain on earth who are continuing the ancient tradition of collecting purple dye. This craft has been passed down to them by their ancestors over several centuries. These dyers travel from the remote village of Pinotepa de Don Luis to work the rocky Oaxacan shoreline north of Huatulco Continue reading The Color Purple

The Food of Love

By Kathy Taylor

Valentine’s Day. Romance. Seduction. Amor….The very essence of seduction is to stimulate the five senses: sight, sound, feel, taste, and smell. Starting the evening with a beautifully laid table, flowers, candlelight, soft music, a hint of perfume, and time to enjoy it all. This is not the night to be slaving over the stove, chopping, mixing, stirring, it’s all about make-ahead, have ready in the fridge to pop into the oven so you can relax and enjoy the evening. If you want a big elaborate production, go out to your favourite restaurant and really put on the dog, but if you want to do it right at home, simple elegant luxury is what it’s all about. Continue reading The Food of Love

Heart Chakra

By Kari Vannice

Do you ever wonder why you sometimes have difficulty accepting yourself the way you are, find it difficult to say “no” to people or struggle with jealousy? It could be that your Heart Chakra is out of balance. Chakras are swirling vortices of energy that are centered along the spine. Chakra means “wheel” in the ancient language of Sanskrit. They can be thought of as spinning wheels of light or energy that connect the physical body to the spiritual body and the emotional to the mental. Continue reading Heart Chakra