Homes hold more than dishes and dresses, they hold our history. Within the space of the last three months, I have found myself dismantling three intimately special and distinctly different family homes. Our home of 18 years, my parents’ home of 53 years and my husband’s family home. Completing the dismantling of just one home would have been seen as a serious accomplishment, but three, in three months, well, the word monumental comes to mind. Continue reading Homes Are History
By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken
When is the last time you were in a public place in Mexico or, for that matter, almost any place in the world, when you did not see a person staring at a mobile device screen? At restaurants babies propped up in highchairs are transfixed by brightly colored images dancing across little screens while their parents and older siblings tap away at apps on other hand-held devices. Often loud laughs are accompanied by exchanges of smartphones to share the source of merriment. How pervasive is this phenomenon? And does it have a positive or negative effect on individuals and their relationships? After reviewing the evidence, we’d say the answer is, “primarily negative.” Continue reading Electronic Devices: Positive or Negative Social Effects?
Word of the Month: Echar
By Julie Etra
Echar is complicated! It is very idiomatic but fun and versatile. There are lots of ways to use this verb.
Common meanings: Throw, launch, toss, drop, throw out Continue reading Perfect your Spanish!
By Carole Reedy
It’s easy enough to understand the draw of San Miguel de Allende for first-time visitors. The sheer number of articles in newspapers and magazines, its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the awards it’s received from Travel + Leisure just in 2016: Number 1 City in Mexico, Central, and South America; Number 3 in the World’s Best Cities; and Fourth Friendliest City in the World continue to attract tourists from all over the world. Continue reading San Miguel De Allende: Why We Return
By Leigh Morrow
We wake to our digital alarm and a high-tech world that tells us what we are missing in our fridge or how to avoid traffic, re-routing if not driving, us to work. We program the front door to open, the furnace to start, the lights to dim, all through technology. We text our friends and family minute by minute, look for a date, send reminders on our virtual calendar to our mate, pay our bills, book a plane ticket, watch the latest Trump antics, even vote, all through the marvels of the Internet. As a result of this massive virtual power, we have become inseparable from our phones. It’s seductive, all this distraction, in a device so small it fits in the palm of your hand. Continue reading Technology – A Little Goes a Long Way
By Jane Bauer
- Black Mirror (2011-now)
A television anthology series much like The Twilight Zone that shows the dark side of life and technology. Every episode is mind blowing, using just enough real technology and logical human behavior to make the viewer sit up and be self-reflective. Each episode stands alone as a mini-film with top actors such as Bryce Dallas Howard, Jon Hamm and Oona Chaplin to name a few. Available on Netflix. Continue reading Top 5 Things you can watch on a screen that explore the human relationship to technology
By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.
Infrastructure together with socio-economic and political matters continue to be problematic in Oaxaca, but there have been gains which impact all of us. So here are the top ten technological advancements that I’ve noticed over the past decade or so, the only caveat being that to me they are technological, but to others they may be minor improvements and little more. Continue reading Top Ten Technological Advancements This Past Decade in Oaxaca
By Julie Etra
If you come to Huatulco on vacation there is no need to buy a Mexican cell phone. If you live here, or stay for an extended period of time and need a Mexican cell phone, here are some tips. Continue reading Cell Phones
By Kary Vannice
I travel…a lot. So much so that when I approach the Interjet counter at my local airport, they greet me by name, even before I hand them my passport! Over the last five years, I’d like to think I’ve mastered the art of traveling alone, but there are still times when I would like a helping hand, preferably, in the palm of my hand. Enter the travel app! Continue reading Travel Apps
By Frances Lopez
Over the past few years the use of Facebook in teenagers has gone down and teens have moved on to new social media platforms such as snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. While it may seem more complicated to post photos on Instagram, share moments on Snapchat, text on WhatsApp, or check Twitter, teens seem to like the variety of using these different forms of communicating. Facebook just isn’t enough anymore. The top two apps in 2017 used by teens are without a doubt Snapchat and Instagram. Continue reading Top 2 Social Media Platforms for Teens