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.

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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Short Fiction – Seduction

Short Fiction – Seduction

  Graham made all the arrangements. I was busy with a project. I didn’t even have time for a cursory review let alone the usual detailed preparation we generally put in. B was a famous writer. I knew he was eclectic and lived in Oaxaca. Eclectic isn’t quite...

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Short Fiction – The Argument

Short Fiction – The Argument

  No one remembers how it started. It was some silly little thing like the color of the water at Las Canteras. He said it was green. She said it was blue. Something like that. Things now were totally out of control. She insulted his mother. He called her sister a...

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Short Fiction: The Dust Gatherers

Short Fiction: The Dust Gatherers

    The dust whispers into town like fog the difference being that fog bubbles are hollow and wet while dust bubbles are solid and dry. The houses are painted in bright colors so that people can find their way. The red houses lead to restaurants, the green...

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Short Fiction: Green Leaves, Muted Flowers, Darkness

Short Fiction: Green Leaves, Muted Flowers, Darkness

  He feels as if he’s being watched. He looks up from the book to scan his surroundings. He sees nothing but green leaves, muted flowers, darkness. He listens. He hears only the singing of the grasshoppers, chapulines as they are called in the markets in Oaxaca....

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Gerardo Navarro Gómez:  Art in the Slow Lane

Gerardo Navarro Gómez: Art in the Slow Lane

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   I want to sleep in the country, by the river, to retrieve the dreams of my youth.   Gerardo Navarro Gómez   The story of the life to date of the Zapotec, Oaxacan, Mexican artist Gerardo Navarro Gómez...

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Guest Post: A Saint in the Compost by Montgomery Howard

Guest Post: A Saint in the Compost by Montgomery Howard

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Two years ago Think in the Morning wrote about Monty and Pilar (Huertos Bi Nisa): Some Traditional Markets of Oaxaca. Since then their Saturday market location has moved from outside Casa de las...

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Volver (To Return)

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

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

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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