September 30, 2016

Today in art news:  

The short news article grabbed my attention because of the word "Scheveningen".  You see, even though I come from a backward part of the world that is full of racism, football, and derision for history, style, and art in general, only two years...

September 27, 2016

Casa Mexilio is located in the old Barrio de Santiago in Merida, Yucatan.  The city has Colonial neighbourhoods located at a four to six block distance from the Main Plaza.  

The old neighbourhoods dating from the 17th and 18th Centuries radiate out from the c...

September 27, 2016

My mother visited Yucatan scores of times during her lifetime, and eventually died at 92 during her last visit.  She insisted on coming in 'the springtime' -- maybe because it was her birthday month, and maybe because she wanted to escape the winter cold.  But she freq...

September 25, 2016

When my adopted city became the first in the Americas to receive this designation in 2000 it meant a lot.   I remember puffing up and filling my chest with pride, and sending the news to Wiregrass Georgia and Jones Creek Valley, NC, because at the same time our small h...

September 24, 2016

As much as I praise the beauty and exoticism of the birds, fish, flowers of the tropics, there are truly some terrible things which can bite you, or scare you to death.

After almost twenty years of walking the beaches of Sian Ka'an and once or twice stupidly diving and...

September 22, 2016

Ernie and I both, grew up a few miles away from Walt Kelly's imaginary inhabitants of the Okefenokee Swamp, and Pogo spoke to us through the "funnies" each Sunday morning.

Ernie told me about taking the photograph which graced the cover of his classic cookbook, Whi...

September 18, 2016

Sitting at this very desk, dreaming and wondering, in 1958, of what might lie in my path, I composed a letter to the admissions office of the University of Mexico in Mexico City.  There was no proper format, rather just asking for the requirements and procedure for ent...

September 11, 2016



     When I balked at the usual carnations and vanda orchids, for my date's corsage, my Mom, the florist, ordered a Bird of Paradise from her supplier.  It was one, lone flower.  And immediately we saw that the stem was thick...

September 5, 2016

         Like jumping off the high board into the deep end of the pool, escaping the Gothic limits of my world was made easier by the help of the Methodist Church, unintentional as it was.  At eighteen, and waiting to matriculate into a small, staid and historic prep s...

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