Senior Blues

The U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory today calling attention to the public health crisis of loneliness, isolation, and lack of connection.  The report cites half of adults experience loneliness daily increasing the risk for premature death on par with the same levels as smoking …

The Eternally Chewy Candy

To not be approached by a child selling little packs of Chiclets gum while in the jardin is unheard of.  But where did this gum come from and how is it so popular? The Chiclets name is derived from the Spanish word “chicle“, derived from the …

Kitty was Right, About Jamie Lee of all Things!

You have to be a baby brother to know how painful it is to write ‘they were right’ about an older sibling.  I’ve spent a lifetime making fun of each one of them to compensate for being the youngest and weakest for far too long. …

Valentine Kiss Me Tour

Enjoy learning how locals, past and present, experienced love and romance with your sweeties! Learn about the: Priest that fathered both the nation and several children Hollywood movie star’s obsession with his mother Last minute cancellation of a wedding to be a bride of Christ …

Bothering Jesus

When I moved to the Deep South not only did I enjoy the Low County breezes complete with peach-sized mosquitoes, but I was amazed how everyone had a personal relationship with Jesus. For the indigenous of San Miguel, as well as anyone who went to …

Our Pyramids’ Murky Past

From a distance, the gray, volcanic rock pyramids and their stone walls held together by the sticky juice in nopales look rather good for being 1,500 years old. Located in Cañada de La Virgen (The Valley of the Virgin), an area 30 miles outside the …

Haunting Fountains

San Miguel has had many names from San Miguel de los Chichimecas (for the indigenous that were living here) to the present San Miguel de Allende (for the Revolutionary hometown hero, Ignacio Allende).  Due to their constant presence both in homes and on the streets, …

Under Town

As a foreigner raised on the “meddling kids” of Scooby Do and The Goonies, I understand intrinsically that underground tunnels lead to treasures, adventures and the creepy caretaker impersonating a monster!  Now I’m lucky enough to live in a city literally littered with them and the reality of tunnels …

Signage on the Streets

When I was a child sharing a room with my affable but dim-witted brother, Tom, my mother placed a tiny holy water font on the wall so we would bless ourselves when we entered or left our bedroom.  The sign of the cross upon exiting brings favors …

The Flower of Xmas Eve

Aztecs used the poinsettia (what they called Cuetlaxochitl)  to produce reddish purple dye and as medicine to reduce fevers.  Their origins were from a tribe called Chontales that didn’t want to pay taxes to Montezuma causing Montezuma to wage a bloody battle against them near today’s Taxco.  Following the fight, the road …