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Project TEN: An Israeli-Mexican Partnership in Oaxaca – Part 2

screen-shot-2017-02-25-at-12-47-47-pmBy Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

We recently traveled to the hills around Pluma Hidalgo to spend a couple of days with the Project TEN’s professional staff and young Jewish volunteers, primarily Israelis. In the February issue of The Eye, we reported on the important educational, medical, and public health services TEN was providing at the request of the village community members. In this issue we describe the work and life at the isolated TEN center. Continue reading Project TEN: An Israeli-Mexican Partnership in Oaxaca – Part 2


The Power of Women

screen-shot-2017-02-25-at-12-48-15-pmBy Leigh Morrow

The Dalai Lama has declared, “The world will be saved by the western woman.” I think he is right, especially if midlife women are enlisted.

A new wave is forming on the horizon, and the population of midlife women is about to crest. More women are in their middle years than ever before in history. In the next fifteen years, and that’s not a long period of time, our demographic will hit historical peaks—midlife women will comprise over half the female population. This growing demographic will allow midlife women a new opportunity, if they act, to be radical game-changers in the second half of their lives. To do our best work now, we need to use this upsurge to our advantage. Our real power is in our new numbers. Continue reading The Power of Women

Counting Taxis in Huatulco

screen-shot-2017-02-25-at-12-49-57-pmBy Julie Etra

8:45 – 9:30 AM, February 9, 2017

Rene and I positioned ourselves on the curb in front of Elektra, at the intersection of Boulevards Benito Juarez and Chahue, notebooks in hand. We counted all vehicles, coming from all four directions, passing through the traffic light. We divided them in two categories: (1) non-commercial passenger vehicles—sedans, SUVs, pick-ups, vans, etc., excluding commercial vans (e.g., airport, hotel, tours), and (2) taxis. Continue reading Counting Taxis in Huatulco

Violence against Women in Mexico

screen-shot-2017-02-25-at-12-48-33-pmBy Kary Vannice

In July 2015, major news outlets around the world reported that the Mexican government had issued the first ever “gender alert” for violence against women. The alert was issued in response to “systematic violence against women” and “an atmosphere of impunity and permissiveness” toward femicide (the killing of women), extreme gender violence and hate crimes. This alert lifted the veil off Mexico’s dirty, back-room secret of horrifying women’s rights abuse and domestic violence in a culture that, all too often, lays blame on the victim and not the victimizer. Continue reading Violence against Women in Mexico

Mexican Citizenship… What’s in a Name?

By Brooke Gazer

Having had Permanent Resident status in Mexico for several years, my husband and I decided to become citizens. This involves a lot of paperwork and the Secretariat of External Relations, which is responsible for issuing Mexican citizenship, is particular about the format. In order to simplify the process, we asked Perla, the local immigration lawyer, to help us. Ours was the first citizenship application she had done, but she offered to research the requirements and was confident that she could guide us through the system. Rick’s application was received and processed without any fanfare. Mine was an entirely different story. Continue reading Mexican Citizenship… What’s in a Name?

The Privilege of Pets

2017-jan-pics-2016-12-22-at-7-48-30-amBy Jane Bauer

My first paying job at the age of nine was as a dog walker. There was Scarlet, a very mischievous Irish setter and two sister pitbulls; people always crossed the street when they saw us coming. My upbringing had prepared me well for this line of work – our house was a menagerie of animals. My father was an animal psychologist: cats lounged on counters, dogs slept on the living room couch, hamsters ran their wheels and there was a red-eared turtle in the bathroom. In the basement there were iguanas and a 10-foot boa that weren’t really pets, but animals that had nowhere else to go. Continue reading The Privilege of Pets

El Maestro de Los Monos

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-5-45-19-pmBy Geri Anderson with photographer/translator Marcus Wilkinson

If you’ve ever wandered through Oaxaca City’s Jalatlaco neighborhood to the corner of Niños Heroes de Chapultepec and Calle Aldama, you’ve probably noticed José Octavio Azcona y Juárez, Mexico’s foremost monero (puppet maker) working in his shop, creating monos de calendas (huge dancing puppets). Until retirement three years ago, he might have been changing a tire on a semi-trailer truck right there on the Pan American highway! That was his life’s work for 30 years, that AND making monos, which are sometimes called gigantes because they truly are gigantic creations. Continue reading El Maestro de Los Monos

Wabi-Sabi: The Art in Everyday Life

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-5-45-40-pmBy Leigh Morrow

Standing on the polished marble floors of the Louvre on Paris’s Right Bank, I was gobsmacked by the sheer size and scale of this world-class collection of art.

My eyes soaked in the armless beauty of the Venus de Milo, stood close enough to see the fine visible brush strokes of the Old Masters, and could almost hear the music playing as Louis XV entered his palace, wearing the bejeweled crown displayed in front of me. The 70,000 pieces of the Louvre’s immense collection are considered the finest art collection on the planet. Continue reading Wabi-Sabi: The Art in Everyday Life

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