Tying In Facebook to Blogs

Not all my readers are Facebookers. However, I do have a MexpatLife presence, there. It began with advice from my blog consultant, Alison….the one who is my daughter. Her namesake is a contributor to the quality of the blog, as well, but as an appreciative consumer of the stories, here. Anyway, Alison (who built the …

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Enjoying Similarities and Differences in Culture

Case Example: Taxi Drivers. Some times, when we travel between Tepoztlan and Cuernavaca (a distance of about 11 miles) the taxi drivers will ask us how much we usually pay. Also this has happened when travelling within Tepoztlan, itself. I am always impressed by that. It shows several qualities. First, customer service — as in …

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Earthquake II

Well, this one was close. The epicenter was about 100 miles away versus 900, last time. I was talking on the phone with my daughter, Laura, back in Washington, D.C., as it happened. It was even more amazing, this time, to see how much rocking and rolling our house could take, with minimal damage. Many …

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Expectations and Reality

One of the most challenging…and rewarding tasks to accomplish, as an expat, is to manage expectations. I have noticed how Americans react to their experiences involving resort stays and tours. I am very involved with using timeshares (and tours), and read reviews of them to get an idea as to what to expect and how …

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Veracruz

While attention is drawn to other places, right about now, Hurricane Katia has come ashore in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is the second hurricane to hit Veracruz, this season. The previous was the first Hurricane of the season, Franklin, which formed on August 3rd, crossed the Yucatan and then plowed into Veracruz on …

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Earthquake!

That word reminds me of one of our favorite “feel good” movies – “Freaky Friday” with Jamie Lee Curtis and Linsday Lohan. They play a mom and daughter who feel what they believe is an earthquake but have just begun a process for exchanging places with each other, literally. Anyway, there was some Rock and …

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Convergence of Unusual phenomena

There was a partial eclipse, here in Mexico, as in the case of a good part of the U.S. I recall following a nearly total eclipse,back in 1970. using a large telescope, projecting the progress of the Moon’s movement on a screen, below the eyepiece. The coolest part was how the birds stopped chirping and …

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Alone, Again…Naturally

I don’t know if my readers remember that Gilbert O’Sullivan song, “Alone, Again….Naturally.” Pretty sad song. I paid little attention to lyrics, but it was a song that got into your head, so it was hard not to get the drift of it. Anyway, I have discovered, again, how worthwhile solitude is. As an INTJ …

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Using Angst

Angst refers to deep anxiety. It can include personal circumstances and the state of the World. Recently, our extended family has been working to take advantage of the Stoic approach to angst. It involves self-discipline in choosing how to respond to challenges and difficulty. Stoicism is a Greek philosophy, but bears much in common with …

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Expat Retirement and fulfillment – finding Focus and Flow

One of the dynamics regarding the equation of choice in working is that of folks who have a lot of inertia involved with staying put in their jobs and venues. I recall that perspective as I neared eligibility for retirement. Just as in my previous job, the leadership had withdrawn from the programs I was …

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