By Jane Bauer
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu
December is hands down the most expensive month of the year. According to Michael Snyder, “Americans plan to spend as much on Christmas this year than the yearly GDP of the entire nation of Sweden.” No wonder we are all so anxious in what is supposed to be the season for enjoying time with family and friends. Continue reading Editor’s Letter
One of the most active charities in the Huatulco area, El Sueño Zapoteco/Bacaanda Foundation is helping communities build schools in the rural, and providing educational materials for the classroom. As has been discussed in previous issues of the Eye, El Sueño Zapoteco has for several years been actively involved in improving the lives of the rural communities surrounding Huatulco. Initially working to provide dental health care and educational materials to these communities, the focus changed last year following devastating tropical storms. Many schools were lost, and El Sueño Zapoteco rededicated its purpose to building and repairing schools, and providing much needed materials to these schools. This includes what we take for granted as a part of any school: paper, pencils, colors, notebooks, literature books, and playground equipment. Continue reading El Sueño Zapoteco Bacaanda Foundation Update
By Carole Reedy
In keeping with tradition, here are some recommendations, gathered over 2014, for books that will bring hours of joy to friends and family throughout the year.
These are usually a welcome gift, especially if you know the genre preference of the recipient. Here’s a sampling of the 2014 books that took the honors. Continue reading Books for Holiday Giving
Can MONEY buy you HAPPINESS? It appears so, as long as you are spending that money on others and not yourself.
A study has found that people feel happier when they give a little of their earnings to others. Michael Norton, a professor at Harvard, and Lara Atkin and Elizabeth Dunn at the University of British Columbia in Canada, did a number of different studies to determine how happiness happens, and if spending money on others increases that happiness. Continue reading How to Buy Happiness!
The first sign of Christmas in the city is the splash of color dissecting Paseo de Reforma, the major, vibrant artery of centro D.F. One day in early December the brilliant red of the nochebuenas (poinsettias) replaces the yellow-orange of the cempacuchiles (Aztec marigolds) planted for the early November Day of the Dead celebrations. Nochebuena is also the name given to a bock-type beer sold in Mexico only during the Christmas holidays. Continue reading Christmas in Mexico City: How to Celebrate it Like a Chilango
By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken
Almost everyone knows about the Ten Commandments. Fewer people know that they are just a small subset of six hundred and thirteen commandments in Judaism believed to be handed down by God at Mount Sinai. And among these commandments are many that obligate adherents to take care of vulnerable people, including widows, orphans, and those living in poverty. The Hebrew word that describes these types of obligations is tzedakah, which loosely means “charity”. Continue reading Jewish Charities in Mexico
By Deborah Van Hoewyk
It’s the end of the year, and this issue’s theme is (what else?) giving. If you haven’t started receiving year-end appeals from every organization you’ve ever come in contact with, you must have been on Mars for a year or two! Continue reading Yes, You Need to Give in Mexico. In Fact, You Need to Give MORE!
What does The Blues have in common with home made cookies? Both are a means to help Huatulco’s disabled children through Un Nuevo Amanecer (A New Dawn—UNA).
For the past several years Huatulco’s residents and tourists have reveled to the sound of The David Rotundo Blues band and 2015 will continue this tradition. In fact three benefit concerts are planned for this season with the following tentative dates in mind: January 9, February 6 and March 6. Although the location is still under negotiation the venue will definitely be in the open air. If you are in Huatulco for these dates this is an event not to be missed! Continue reading Music and Sweet Treats