White Christmas

Well not exactly a white Christmas, here in Tepoztlan. But something almost as unlikely – a lot of heavy rain, almost two months into the dry season. We were enveloped in the same heavy precipitation that was, simultaneously, hitting the entire East Coast of the U.S. I recall reading the rainfall predictions for northern Florida …

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The Dark Virgin

The fireworks renewed (last night and this morning) in a major way. The celebration was for the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe – also known as the Dark Virgin. The background follows. In 1531 – 10 years after the fall of the Aztec empire to Cortes, a singular event marked the abrupt transition in …

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Daily Walk up the mountain

I could see signs that the dry season is well underway. Leaves were drying up and rustling, on the vine and behind me on the road. I always bring my binoculars, now, and I was watching a small raptor – perhaps as Kite – gliding down from the heights. As I was watching, a guy …

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Visit to Ahuitlan

We visited Ahuitlan, which is in Cuernavaca. We heard that, years ago, the Barbara Hutton, heiress to the Woolworth fortune and former wife of Cary Grant, commissioned a researcher to find the best climate in the world. Shew was looking for the optimum locale for building her home. The researcher recommended two places – one …

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