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.

Volver (To Return)

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Back in Oaxaca.  A ghost. The mother in the quirky movie Volver (To Return) or is it the other way around, Juan Preciado in Pedro Páramo? I’ve left something undone. No idea what that might be but I’ll...

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Short Fiction – Travelling to Oaxaca Ending

Travelling to Oaxaca is a short story in five parts.  The earlier parts can be found here: Part I Part II Part III Part IV   The world is beautiful and outside there is no salvation. Albert Camus   At my age I have to avoid repeating myself.  I think I told...

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Short Fiction – Travelling to Oaxaca Part IV

  Read PART I and PART 2 and Part 3   Here we go round the prickly pear Prickly pear prickly pear Here we go round the prickly pear At five o'clock in the morning.   If I could start over, I’d do just the same.  I am, after all, who I am and not in a...

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Short Fiction – Travelling to Oaxaca Part III

Read  PART I  and  PART 2   ¡Dios mío, Dios mío!, ¿por qué me has abandonado? [My God, my God, Why hast Thou forsaken me?]   “Hello Mr. Jeffrey Farmer.” There she was, irresistible smile, shiny black straight hair hanging over the strap of her Xochitl...

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Short Fiction – Travelling to Oaxaca Part II

  Read Part I HERE   The voice of honest indignation is the voice of God.   Suddenly, I found myself surrounded by people I did not know.  The room was no different than any room in middle class America, white walls with a few framed prints, sparsely...

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Short Fiction – Travelling to Oaxaca

  In northern Mexico they work.  In central Mexico they think.  In southern Mexico they rest.   She was travelling to Oaxaca for her two-year old goddaughter's birthday.  Chocolate cupcakes and a wrapped present were in the carry on.  Her eyes laughed as the...

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A Puerto Vallarta Story

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   Two of our good friends in Puerto Vallarta are Kevin and Beatriz Simpson who own the folk art gallery Peyote People and the upscale ancestral contemporary art gallery Collectiva.  Over the past years...

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Short Fiction: How Was Yelapa?

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   One more thing.  When you get there, take a water taxi straight to Yelapa.  Don’t mess around with the tourist beaches. So, like, you’re kidding right? Kidding?  Hell no I’m not kidding.  Look,...

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Buying A Suitcase In Oaxaca

  [Click on BLUE LINKS for sources and information]   When we arrived at our B&B in Oaxaca at around midnight it was lightly raining.  After a quick check-in with our friend Juan, I was pulling our largest red suitcase across the courtyard and up a step...

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What is the Economic Impact of Natural Disasters?

  [Click on BLUE LINKS for further information and sources]   It depends on what the meaning of “is” is.  Bill Clinton   [Note: Make sure to read the last paragraph all the way to the bottom.]   Before I was a restaurateur, before I was a financial...

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Between two Earthquakes

  [Click on Blue Links for more information]   If you want to help Oaxaca, visit the city.  Oaxaca is ready to welcome you.  You will help the locals and you will help yourself.   Think in the Morning found ourselves between the two giant earthquakes...

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