Get On Your Feet!

Just found my new theme song for our journey, here: “Get On Your Feet” by Gloria Estefan – the 2003 Los Vegas concert version with the amazing percussion intro. By accident, listening to this song on You Tube, I fell into the opportunity to hear Gloria’s life story in Oprah Winfrey’s “Next Chapter.” This story …

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Bang-Bang-Bang – Happy Mother’s Day

Nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day” better than fireworks at 5:30 in the morning. It’s one of the fun features of life, here, in Mexico – enthusiasm with serious decibels. The holiday is not connected to Hallmark greeting cards – but to the Virgin of Guadalupe – representing the first vision of the Virgin Mary in …

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Amatlan de Quetzacoatl

Just outside Tepoztlan is Amatlan de Quetzacoatl. The second part of the name refers to the feathered serpent god, Quetzacoatl, who was born here. There is a path, into the mountains, that passes by a marked spot indicating the place of birth. He was a prominent diety in pre-Hispanic Meso-America – distinguished from other god’s …

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Two Journeys In One

Up to now, our story has been about our journey, living in Tepoztlan. But there is a second journey, embedded in the first. And that is about building our teamwork as an extended family. That is why we came, in the first place. Both journeys involve great paradoxes. One of my favorites, in family building, …

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Trip to the Past

We finally made it to the Anthropology Museum and the archaeological site of Teotihuacon. As a social anthropology major, I was particularly impressed with the Anthropology museum, located in Mexico City. It has world renown, and my experience confirms the good things i had heard from other expats, here, who had visited it. My comparison …

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Trip to Mexico City – Quilt Expo at World Trade Center

Quilting is pretty big, in the U.S. – especially in the environs of Lancaster, Pennsylvania – where Anita saw a large quilting expo. Well, quilting is just getting going, here in Mexico, but Anita is excited to be part of it. So we went to the 7th Annual Quilting Expo – the first in Mexico …

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The Path to the Ridge Atop the Mountain

While hiking up and down the mountain, over the past 7 months, I encountered fellow hikers referring to or asking about the path to the top of the ridge. At that point (on the ridge), there is a road that goes towards a mountain village. I had tried to find this path, with partial success, …

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Chaneke Story

One of the fun things about living in Tepoztlan is being immersed in the remnants of a culture that is over 2000 years old. The Tepoztecans settled, here, about then. And when the Spanish replaced the hegemony of the Aztecs (over this area) with there own, much of the culture was preserved – assimilated into …

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Encountering New Animals

I have been working on my situation awareness – recognizing animals that may be camouflaged or otherwise configured to avoid notice. Whi walking down the mountain, the other day, I saw what could have looked like a stick in the road. As i approached, I forced myself to open my perspective to consider it may …

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Discovering the Pine Forest in the Hidden Valley

Every day, I walk up the mountain, near our house, following a road that ends at an Arroyo – an empty stream bed – near the top of the mountain. Last week, i found a path that followed along the Arroyo, and was fascinated to see how the environment shifted so dramatically. For starters, the …

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