Category Archives: December 2017

Editor’s Letter

Jane“Consumerism is at once the engine of America and simultaneously one of the most revealing indicators of our collective shallowness.”

Henry Rollins

Christmas decorations appeared in early October this year at our local supermarket; stuffed Santas, string lights, shiny balls to hang from faux trees available in a variety of colors. December holidays have become one of the biggest spending times of the year. In 2016, over 154 million Americans shopped over Thanksgiving weekend. That is a lot! Continue reading Editor’s Letter

The Town That Saved Me

By Jed Pitman

Simply put, Huatulco is the town that changed my life. January 2016 and, back in my home country of England, frankly I didn’t know whether I was coming or going, my brain needed rewiring. It was on the fritz.

I had heard many a tale of people from Canada and from Europe who had made the move to this part of paradise on the Pacific, some permanently, some as snowbirds. I had travelled here with my wife, Kate, on and off over the years merely as tourists. Now, as the rain came down in Bristol and another Somali moved in next door, I needed a fresh outlook to my fast-diminishing existence. Continue reading The Town That Saved Me

Topes by Any Other Name Are Till Topes: A Photo Diary

Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 5.28.03 PMBy Julie Etra

Topes (speed bumps) are an integral part of the Mexican transportation landscape and associated culture. With the exception of very few stretches of road, and toll roads, they are ubiquitous and a great low-tech way to get drivers to slow down without costly traffic lights. But there are just some stretches of road that are just painfully slow. Hence this article was inspired by our trip from Huatulco to Palenque in Chiapas and the particularly miserable stretch from Ocosingo north (and south). There is no specification or detail for a tope on the MexTrans web site, and it appears individual communities, especially on dirt roads, install them where they determine they are needed. Dimensions also vary. At times during our trip we had a tough time discerning the rationale for placement and spacing, as well as what defined a “community.” Continue reading Topes by Any Other Name Are Till Topes: A Photo Diary

Observations Regarding Rural Health Care in the Municipality of Hualtulco

Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 5.28.23 PMBy Laura M. Ouellette, MD, and Louis W. Weinstein

My husband, Louis Weinstein, and I are physicians in the United States, and have been traveling to Huatulco intermittently for over a decade. We were drawn by the natural beauty, and warmth of the local inhabitants. During one of our visits, a tour guide advised us that he had concerns about the local medical care. Louis and I are gearing down in our practices, and had the time and interest to investigate. Continue reading Observations Regarding Rural Health Care in the Municipality of Hualtulco

The Lupita Project

Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 5.28.44 PMBy Lic. Maria del Carmen Galván Rivera

The Lupita Project is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of those among us who have limited resources and suffer disabling infirmities. The Lupita Project addresses their quality of life and assists where possible with the gift of independence and mobility.

The Lupita Project has its origin over 16 years ago, when its founder, Andrew Glassman, realized that medical equipment considered un-rentable in the U.S. by virtue of age or cosmetic imperfection, could have a long and productive second life in Huatulco and the coast of Oaxaca. In collaboration with the DIF, Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, the Mexican agency that assists families, he began a program of importating used wheel chairs (manual and electric), as well as walkers, canes and crutches donated by Medical Supply Houses in the U.S. and Canada. These were distributed by the DIF to children and adults selected by them on the basis of need. Continue reading The Lupita Project

The Healing Qualities of Essential Oils

By Sandra P. Cruz Rionegro

Stand near a rose bush and you will receive the benefits of its natural healing energy and scent. Did you know that scientific research has shown that essential oils vibrate at the highest frequency levels known and can produce environments where no disease, bacteria or viruses can survive? Damask rose oil for example, emits the highest energy vibration of them all. Studies have proven that a drop of a high quality essential oil placed on a human foot can deliver its healing information into each and every cell in your body within 21 minutes. Continue reading The Healing Qualities of Essential Oils

2017: My 10 Favorite Reads

BY Carole Reedy

A list dominated by long-beloved writers and some new faces too.

4321, by Paul Auster. No surprise to my friends as Auster has been a favorite novelist for more than 40 years. This book is his tour de force. He could stop writing now, though I hope he doesn’t. The novel, running 800+ pages, examines a boy’s life from four different viewpoints, each relying on life’s great wild card: chance. Continue reading 2017: My 10 Favorite Reads

So What’s the Big Deal about Mezcal? First in a Series

Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 5.29.07 PMBy Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

No, not all mezcal distilled in Oaxaca is smoky, and no, the difference between tequila and its misunderstood cousin is not that the former is commercial or industrial and the latter is handcrafted. But the truth is that the lesser-known Mexican agave-based spirit is nevertheless a big deal for several reasons. One is that no two batches of artisanal mezcal are the same. Why? This short treatise explains just some of the reasons, and in only a cursory fashion because of space constraints. Continue reading So What’s the Big Deal about Mezcal? First in a Series

Free Spanish Video Lessons!

Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 5.29.22 PMBy Brooke Gazer

If you spend a significant amount of time in Mexico, the effort required to learn how to converse in Spanish will be well rewarded. It’s a sign of respect and you´d be surprised how willing locals are to accommodate you, even if you butcher their language. In my experience, Mexicans who speak English don’t mind letting you make a fool of yourself as you struggle to communicate in Spanish. They’re amazingly patient. Continue reading Free Spanish Video Lessons!