Category Archives: September & October 2015

Editor’s Letter

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 5.59.38 PMBy Jane Bauer

I have always loved stories about how small businesses started out. I recently read about the growth of the popsicle (paleta) industry that started out as a mom and pop shop in Tocumbo, Michoacan. Today there are over 15000 off-shoots across Mexico and the U.S. There is something so honest about doing business with someone who is earning for themselves. Living in Huatulco, it is easy to conduct the daily business of buying food and goods and deal mostly with small businesses. By contrast, when procuring groceries in Canada or the US, it is very difficult to do so without shopping at corporate-owned businesses. Continue reading Editor’s Letter

Mezcal Bars in Oaxaca: Where to Imbibe in the State Capital

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 6.45.51 AMBy Alvin Starkman, M.A. J.D.

Mezcalerías, or mezcal bars specializing in artisanal mezcal, began opening in Oaxaca at a furious pace last year. The meteoric rise in the popularity of the iconic Mexican spirit continues to spell more mezcal tourism to the state, in particular to the capital to which many visitors make pilgrimage; to sample, learn, visit the distillery of their favorite brand, and buy. Continue reading Mezcal Bars in Oaxaca: Where to Imbibe in the State Capital

Don’t Let the Smoke Get in Your Eyes

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 6.32.32 AMBy Geri Anderson

I knew this was going to be a different kind of day when Aome and I squashed into a four-seater pickup truck with three young engineering students from IBERO University in Mexico City. At our first stop out of town, I watched as Oaxacan workmen with muddy feet and bulging muscles sloshed through the brickyard emptying buckets of sand and dirt into the pickup. The university guys added armfuls of bricks to the truck’s load, which already included lengths of PVC tubing and shiny aluminum piping, some elbow shaped for chimneys. Continue reading Don’t Let the Smoke Get in Your Eyes

A New Season in Mexico City and Environs

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 6.29.01 AMBy Carole Reedy

September, for me, has always felt like the first month of the year. In our formative years, it’s the month when school begins, which signals many things new: classes, clothes, shoes, school books, and Sfriends. September’s also the month for new activities and variations played on tried-and-true themes. And we begin to plan for the holidays ahead. Continue reading A New Season in Mexico City and Environs

New Fall Selections: A Hit Parade of Good Reading

By Carole Reedy

Though falling leaves and dropping temperatures bring our thoughts to the end of another year, ironically autumn signals a beginning for many events: the school year, the opera, symphony, theater seasons and the award seasons. It’s also the season when new books begin appearing on lists everywhere, perhaps in anticipation of the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker and National Book awards. In 2015, we hit the jackpot, with a world of new choices for fall reading. The top writers of our time have outdone themselves. Here’s a sampling of fall titles. Continue reading New Fall Selections: A Hit Parade of Good Reading

Canicula, Mar de Fondo, and other weather phenomena

By Julie Etra

Canicula, canicular period, canicular days or the season of canicula refers to the hottest part of the year. My neighbor Larry Woelfel and I were chatting about the lack of rain and heat this summer in Huatulco and he exclaimed, “Canicula! Look it up, Julie!” Easy assignment for this lover of language and etymology. The Latin root of the word is canis, or dog and is a 14th century Old English word pertaining to the dogstar Sirius. It also pertains to dog days, or the dog days of summer, common in English-lingo. The canicular period lasts four to six weeks, depending on precise location relative to the equator and declination of the sun. Technically it begins when at midday or noon the sun is at its maximum height over the horizon. Continue reading Canicula, Mar de Fondo, and other weather phenomena