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.

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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Oaxaca Earthquake Damage Extensive: Urgent Support Needed

  The recent earthquake in southern Mexico has resulted in the loss of hundreds of homes and dozens of lives.  One of the more dramatic sets of before and after pictures is of the government palace in Juchitan in the state of Oaxaca.       Think in...

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Independencia

  September 16th, Mexican Independence Day, means little to the Americans living across the border, but like our July 4th it is a day celebrated across Mexico with parades, festivals, dances, and food.  On September 16th, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo, a Catholic priest,...

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Short Fiction: Where is Santiago?

  Dónde está Santiago? When Santiago left town, everyone went crazy.  The  señoritas swooned.  They pulled at their hair and tore at their dresses and ran around in a hopeless state of despair.  Fights broke out among the young men who vied against each other to...

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Short Fiction: The Dead Man

    The ceiling fan purred. It was hot and humid in the room. Albert had come to Puerto Vallarta from San Francisco where it was cool and brisk. He had ten days to himself alone without a phone or computer. He came to think, not to work. He walked out to the...

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Jesus Mezcal and the Easter Bunny

  [Click on BLUE links for more information}       Capitalism and Christianity make strange bedfellows.  To anyone, especially any Christian, who doubts this I would say:  read some of Tolstoy’s essays such as My Religion.  Tolstoy had many faults...

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Poem by Think in the Morning: The Man in the Zocalo

  The mind is restless. It never sleeps. Thoughts skip across the surface Like flat rocks on a lake Sink to the bottom Into darkness and mud.   A man traipsed the square leaning on his walker Straw hat.  Wide brim.  Khaki pants.  Plaid shirt Covered with...

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El Chapo

  Today's News:   Drug lord 'El Chapo' extradited to the U.S. I wrote this one year ago while in Puerto Vallarta. Gotta Do It “Listen Guzman, we gotta do it.  We gotta build a wall.  Those Americans are flocking down here, drunks, fat people, cheapskates and...

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