Category Archives: May & June 2016

Editor’s Letter

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 4.51.34 PM“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

Steve Jobs

Prince just died. People are shocked and saddened, they are covering their social media personas with purple and sharing their favorite ‘Little Red Corvette’ and ‘Purple Rain’ moments. It’s nice. I am sure if Prince was alive he would be very moved by the outpouring of love and sadness from his fans. What doesn’t sit very well with me is the outpouring of disbelief, the ‘can you believe it’ sentiment that seems to pervade their collective emotion. Continue reading Editor’s Letter

The Ten Top Causes of Death in Mexico

By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

Mexico is known throughout the world for fiestas. And fiestas are times for eating wonderful food, lots and lots of high-calorie food washed down by beer or supersized glasses of colas and other refrescos. Even without a fiesta, typical comida corridas (lunch on the run) consist of three courses including dessert and a large pitcher of delicious flavored sugary water. So it should be of little surprise that the number one cause of death in Mexico is diabetes. Among 172 nations included in the World Life Expectancy data, Mexico ranks ninth in deaths from diabetes; in comparison the U.S. ranks 122nd and Canada 140th. Continue reading The Ten Top Causes of Death in Mexico

Where divergent religious customs merge… Death of an Infant in Oaxaca

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

Daniel Perez Gonzalez was a beautiful baby. His parents Flor and Jorge thought so; my wife Arlene and I agreed. Few are able to share our certainty, though, because we were among the very few to see him alive. Daniel was born in a Oaxacan hospital. I welcomed him into the world along with Arlene, our daughter Sarah, and Daniel’s grandmother, Chona. From the womb, the nurse passed our newest extended family member into three sets of anxiously loving arms—Chona’s, those of his big sister Carmela, and then Sarah. Continue reading Where divergent religious customs merge… Death of an Infant in Oaxaca

To Swim or Not to Swim… With the Dolphins

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.06.28 AMBy Brooke Gazer

Recently a proposal has been put forward to develop a commercial aqua center in Chahue which would allow tourists to swim with dolphins. For many people this is a lifelong dream and the newly proposed attraction could bring high end tourists who are willing to pay for the privilege. But is this something Huatulco wants to be a part of? If the general public understood what it truly means to imprison dolphins, I believe that most would shy away from this attraction. Continue reading To Swim or Not to Swim… With the Dolphins

An Adventure in Chiapas, Our Exotic Neighbour

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.06.16 AMBy Jim Howard and Pat Burrell

We have been winter residents of Huatulco for the past four years and have enjoyed exploring our part of Oaxaca while we have been here. This year, however, we decided to travel farther afield and learn more about southern Mexico. Our neighbouring state of Chiapas was the obvious destination. Continue reading An Adventure in Chiapas, Our Exotic Neighbour

In Case of Sudden Death

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.05.39 AMBy Brooke Gazer

Imagine you have spent some time by the pool and as you walk into the house you find your spouse slumped in a chair, his color looks bad and he doesn’t appear to be breathing. This is not a scenario any of us wants to contemplate, but living in a foreign country, it would be helpful to know what to do, should the unthinkable occur. If you are in Huatulco, who do you call and what can you expect to happen? Continue reading In Case of Sudden Death

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Death Pervades All Genres

By Carole Reedy

I was in a quandary when the editor and staff of The Eye chose death as the theme of this issue. What could I possibly say about death beyond what fellow cynic Woody Allen expressed so succinctly?

“I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Continue reading From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Death Pervades All Genres

Fishing Above the Volcano: The Seismic Coast of Oaxaca

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.05.16 AMBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

Word has it that the folks who fish the waters off Puerto Ángel really know how to find fish—tuna, red snapper, bonito, saltfish, and shark, along with lobsters, octopus, and conch. The fishermen go offshore, out to open ocean, over a shallow area with a well developed, multi-layered coral reef. Hmm. How did a reef get out there? Continue reading Fishing Above the Volcano: The Seismic Coast of Oaxaca