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Lately, I've been noticing reflections. I've been wandering around the house looking for them and taking photographs. Sort of a dopey thing to do, but I've been enjoying it. It's got me to thinking. The first thing I thought was that people, unlike mirrors and windows, need to have some silence in order to reflect. Reflection doesn't have to be solitary, though: people can reflect together, and even in groups sometimes. The little group on my roof at 2 a.m. Tuesday had some moments of reflection in between chatting and laughing. We had joined up at midnight to cook pancakes... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at San Pancho Vida
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This final post in the Stories with Wings series can only be about... ...love and gratitude. On the night of the show, I and my fellow adult contributors of art were honored sweetly by being brought up on stage. I had been ambushed by a group of entreamigos staff, herded to the stage area, and told in no uncertain terms to stay put until further notice. I had no idea I was going to be offered the microphone once they got me up there and so have no idea what I said except for a vague recollection of voicing my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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All the work and play of the imagining mind now become a story...a story with wings and a life of its own. And, oh the stories our imaginers created! Indira and the volunteer corps constructed giant stand-up and pop-up books from the children's work, which flowed from the hand of our little writer into the rest of the big room. This one is The Gorilla Ramón, by Ceiba Marilud and Maia Ilmar. Loosely translated, it says "There once was a gorilla who wanted to live in an igloo. So he escaped from his cage and went to Alaska. He was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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The night after the Circo de los Niños, much of San Pancho re-congregated at the huge remodeled bodega that is entreamigos. At times like that Saturday night, this center of our community comes to life in a spectacular way, creating new appreciation and lasting connections. This year's fundraiser and art show was titled "Stories with Wings". For months, the children of San Pancho had been drawing pictures and writing stories from which adult members of the community created art, turning entreamigos into an art museum and a showcase of collaboration. Indira Santos Aznar, aka Indira the Magnificent, conceived and designed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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There we sat. Nearly all of San Pancho plus who knows who else, as we numbered over a thousand that starlit Friday night in the Plaza del Sol. And there they beamed: our own stars, over sixty of them, the children of the village performing with joy and confidence and exuberance. Parents and volunteers told me that the previous night, when the children had a complete dress rehearsal in front of their families, there were some cases of nerves. This night, you'd never have known, as they performed as if they'd been performing forever. Their four and five hour practices... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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This is the big weekend we've been waiting for and working towards: Circo de los Niños tonight, and the art extravaganza "Stories with Wings" tomorrow. More to do today, so I'll see you next Friday with photos and on the spot coverage. Have a great week. 🎈🎈🎈 Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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And I'm not the only one. San Pancho is bustling with mostly behind the scenes activity in preparation for our big weekend of March 21 and 22. It's interesting to me that so many of the people I meet at entreamigos or on the street who are entirely absorbed and occupied with the upcoming fundraiser seem to be having so much fun. Secrecy abounds: hardly anyone knows what anyone else is up to and nobody's telling. I found some hints today, though, as I am a sleuth reporter. Take a look at these! And how about these? Not much, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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One might think, in a sleepy little Mexican village like San Pancho, that nothing much ever happens. One might think, down here in a podunk pueblo in the farm state of Nayarit, that no one of particular interest ever visits, much less lives here and pays attention. One might even think that life goes on in a monotonous sort of way with no true surprises to spike adrenalin and create a buzz not unlike a 747 taking off right down our six block main street. One would be so wrong. If you've been reading this blog for a few years,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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Last week I promised a preview to a very special event happening here in March. Well...we're not quite ready for the unveiling yet, so I'll tell you next week instead, and it's worth the wait. However, something else happened on Tuesday that we residents of San Pancho think is pretty terrific. At 9:00 in the morning in our beautiful refurbished plaza, our new weekly market, Mercado del Sol, began selling its wares. In the shade of the brick arcade, shoppers wandered from table to tantalizing table. Brita's organic vegetables were a big draw. I brought home a bag full of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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We have a recurring event on the beach at San Pancho that never fails to amaze. It has a soft beginning, with the fishermen trudging up the beach from the calmer part of the bay where they launch and land their pangas, carrying heavy two-man coolers full of the day's catch. They lug their loads into town, to one of the restaurants or to the fish market. Shortly afterwards, a lone man will return to the beach toting a big white bucket on his shoulder where he unceremoniously dumps the contents, the guts and remains of now-cleaned filets, onto the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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I've been spending a lot of time on the beach lately. My sister Denise and our friend Becky are here for a nice long (but not long enough) visit, and their favorite thing to do when they're in San Pancho on well-earned vacations is to sit at La Playa restaurant and play Mexican Train. On Tuesday, we took a walk before the Mexican Train marathon. On Wednesday, just for a change, we went to the beach in Sayulita. Today, we went to the beach in Chacala. We sat under a palapa roof with our feet in the powdery soft sand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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Me and my shadow had birthdays recently. Birthdays often get me pondering odd things such as Douglas Adams quotes. I was looking for the exact wording of one of my favorites when I came across and re-remembered this one, from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: “Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.” Me and my shadow, which turned four years old last month, have been working on that some; more and more, perhaps, as we've gotten to know each other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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Two weeks ago, in the barren empty lot below my house, a circus sprouted. In half an afternoon, Circo Italian erected a blue tent with red and yellow flags and an array of lights, and around it parked their small old RV, their big old RV, a peeling and shabby little trailer, and the semi that carries their equipment. I stopped that afternoon and asked how long they would be in San Pancho, as tiny circuses can sometimes disappear as quickly as they've arrived. "Cuatro noches," was the reply. Four nights. That day being Friday, and the weekend being a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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This past week was filled with, among other things, the delights of the natural world. Here in San Pancho, the turtle protection and release program is in full swing with babies being released nearly every night. Last Monday night, as a big group of us gathered together for a spontaneous farewell party for our new friend Craig, we were surprised to see the Turtlemobile pull up right in front of the beach restaurants. Some of us scampered down to the water's edge to watch, as the release of the Olive Ridley turtle babies is always a thrill. Usually, the little... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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I've been spending some time in Sayulita lately, which kicked off its first annual Film and Arts Festival last night. So I thought I'd publish a photo tour this week, a few glimpses of what I've been noticing as I wander around our pretty little neighboring town. Have a wonderful week! xo C Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams I've been thinking lately about the nature of time. Not so much in a scientific manner, more in the way of "Wow!" and "What the heck?" and "I don't understand how this works." When I arrived home from my Italy trip in October, I took some time to decompress, to wind down and reflect, to rest and get re-accustomed to the heat and humidity that still lingered in San Pancho. Toward the end of that time, inertia set in. For a moment, nothing happened.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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So how was your New Year's Eve? Did you go out to celebrate or stay home by the fire? Did you treat yourself to something special? Was it snowing at your house? Here in San Pancho, we had the oddest weather in December. It rained here, most unusually, on and off through Christmas and into the first day of the new year. We were all cheering for clearing, shooing away the clouds with wishes, but they didn't go. In fact, on the night of New Year's Eve, the rain was nearly constant. Down on Tercer Mundo, our main street, Baja... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at San Pancho Vida
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I write this on the day after Christmas, hoping you and yours, friends and/or family, had a beautiful celebration of love and togetherness wherever you are. I did. Of course, in San Pancho, Nayarit, this season has its own charms. Instead of roasting chestnuts on an open fire, we had a sweet and lazy morning opening presents then sat with friends on the beach for several hours, soaking in the sun and the sound of the waves, chatting about this and that, showing off Christmas earrings and new t-shirts. I am fortunate to have my son here this week. He... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at San Pancho Vida
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Last Saturday morning was a normal Mexico morning, for a while. I was up early with errands to run. I filled my car to the brim with boxes and bags and an ice chest then went entreamigos to pick up tables and ladders which were to be transported in a pick-up truck which decided it didn't want to start. I left it with its owner cussing at it and charging the (new) battery and went to the little market down the street for a five-gallon bottle of water, three bags of ice, some flavoring for the water and assorted other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at San Pancho Vida
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Yes, this post is late, but I have an excuse. I've been running around some, preparing for a wonderful event which happens tomorrow, Saturday, December 14, right here in San Pancho. An artist from St. Louis, Missouri, is visiting us for a couple of months, painting his bold and colorful works while working on a book about how Mexico effects his art, which already had a surprising Mexican flavor to it given that he's from St. Louis, Missouri. Craig Downs is his name, and a few months ago he did a project in St. Louis that captivated me when I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at San Pancho Vida
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As I was saying, I am indeed back in San Pancho and it is drop dead gorgeous. The weather has cooled down to perfect from sauna, the jungle is vibrating with a hundred different glossy greens, the beach is peaceful yet filled with friends, and the sunsets...oh, the sunsets! These are the colors that illuminate our sky and sea nightly. Even so, one does take a little sidetrip away from this paradise now and then. A few days ago, we visited the Puerto Vallarta malecón, the beachside non-wooden boardwalk that has been fully remodeled over the past year or so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at San Pancho Vida
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I've been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. About the blessings and gifts of life. Not being a religious person, I don't identify from whence or whom arrive these blessings. It seems to me they are a function of "what goes around comes around", of approaching life with generosity and of learning how to receive gracefully, not an easy task for some of us. Some of the gifts are momentous, life-changing, transformative. Some are so quiet and move in the background of life like soft breezes we don't notice are there until they ruffle our hair. Not being a religious... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at San Pancho Vida
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It has come to my attention that there are several among my good readers who need to be caught up on my last three months worth of blog posts. Later this afternoon, I will publish, over there ⬅ in the left column, a link with all the Italy stories in one tidy chronological list. (✨Poof! It's done.✨) In the meantime, here's a quick recap. I'm just going to let pictures tell the story. For those of you who have been traveling along with me for the entire adventure, first of all thank you! and secondly I don't think any of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at San Pancho Vida
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I'm back in San Pancho with two new behaviors that I'm sure followed me home from Italy. It's like having a couple of stray dogs around the house who beg incessantly and refuse to lie down and rest. The first behavior is, I can't seem to stop cooking. Visions of cacio e pepe and osso buco swirl through my head like caramel in a goblet of gelato. Sicilian pot roast, caprese salads, panna cotta...I need to see them, taste them, create them from scratch. The trouble is, it's too damn hot to cook. Yet I do. Cook and bake. And... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at San Pancho Vida
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Sono a Lipari sull'isola di Lipari nelle Isole Eolie. I am in Lipari on the island of Lipari in the Aeolian Islands. As I climb the thirty-six steps to my room, open windows in the stairwell let in the fragrance of jasmine so thick I almost trip on it. I arrived on the ferry from Salina. My car is parked in a pay parking lot about two blocks from my hotel. The man at the desk told me I could park it in a nearby free lot, which sounded like a good idea until he told me I had to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at San Pancho Vida