MEXICO

Artist Credit:  Watercolor by Sue Siskin: Zocalo, Oaxaca, Mexico

Something happens to me when I am in Mexico. I relax. My mind seems sharper. Most of all, I’m happy. The people and ambiance of this beautiful country have inspired the stories and other posts in this section.

Persimmons and Mezcal

Persimmons and Mezcal

 The cold, the winter, the holidays—lazy.  What better time to honor others in the blogosphere than when you are too lazy to write your own blog.  This blog was inspired by an Instagram post from my friends at Mezcalistas, Baking with Mezcal.  Today’s experiment in...

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Bacalao, Christmas, Zhuatanejo and Behind the Locked Door

Bacalao, Christmas, Zhuatanejo and Behind the Locked Door

 In the acknowledgements to my novel Behind the Locked Door I write:  This book had a long gestation period. The idea first occurred to me in 1972, and I began to research in earnest in December of 2010. I first put pen to paper in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, in January...

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Think in the Morning Oaxaca Journal

Think in the Morning Oaxaca Journal

 [Click on BLUE links for sources and information] Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful places on earth in our opinion.  We have visited every year for the past twelve years.  Because we write so much about Oaxaca, we are often asked how to travel there, what to do,...

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Short Fiction – Desipio: Last Part

Short Fiction – Desipio: Last Part

 This is the End of a two part story.  For the first part go HERE Desipio continued ..“Have you seen how he throws the salt over his shoulder after he spills it?” asks Rosa.Carmelita continues looking at the garden while she answers.“He goes back to that garden over...

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Short Fiction – Desipio: First Part

Short Fiction – Desipio: First Part

 “Desipio, get out of the garden.  Don’t pee on the flowers.”Desipio looks down in a forlorn stare.  His unkempt but abundant hair stands up like whipped and caramelized egg whites.  He has the urge to pee but he can’t and the pain is excruciating when he...

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Oaxacan Wood Carvings:  Folk Art or Fine Art?

Oaxacan Wood Carvings: Folk Art or Fine Art?

[Click on BLUE links for sources and information] If you've read our past blogs you may be aware that Think in the Morning has long been fascinated by Oaxacan Wood Carvings also known  as Alebrijes (although this name originated with the papier-mâché animals created...

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Serendipity

Serendipity

 [Click on BLUE links for sources and information] You may have noticed that Think in the Morning has been absent for a few weeks.  We’ve been in Mexico, one of our favorite places to visit, working on another project I hope to share with you at some not too distant...

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Don Chava Taqueria Cantina

Don Chava Taqueria Cantina

  [click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Huila was irked. A tortilla, made of holy corn, corn made of rain and soil and sun, that tortilla, round as the sun itself! Was God not in the rain? Did the corn not come from God? What of the sun? Was...

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It’s All About The Corn

It’s All About The Corn

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   sin maíz no hay país—without corn, there is no country Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous...

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Oaxaca’s Amazing Graphic Arts Studios

Oaxaca’s Amazing Graphic Arts Studios

  [Click BLUE links for sources and more information]   I started to make graffiti when I was 15. Later, I went to a college of art where I combined fine arts with street art. In 2006, there was a strong social and political movement in my state (Oaxaca) and...

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Wind Lightning Thunder Rain

Wind Lightning Thunder Rain

    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.   Isaiah 11:6   I love watching the weather move in. At its simplest,...

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