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Esther Buddenhagen
Veracruz, Mexico
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On Saturday, Jim and I watched part of the inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as President of Mexico. Dare I say it was relaxing? I supported AMLO pretty strongly. No one can predict the future, but this is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at From Xico
On Saturday, Jim and I watched part of the inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as President of Mexico. Dare I say it was relaxing? I supported AMLO pretty strongly. No one can predict the future, but this is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at From Xico
After not blogging and then for some reason switching to wordpress, I got so frustrated with wordpress that I am returning to typepad and HOPING that it hasn´t changed to much that I can´t figure it out. I do have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at From Xico
Don McCanne <> 10:32 (hace 1 hora) para Quote-of-the-D. MedPage Today March 15, 2016 Clinton's Health Plan Gets Mostly Passing Grades From Policy Experts (Mostly passing, say I, but lukewarm at best) By Joyce Frieden Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at From Xico
People, you really ought to look at Hillary's foreign policy as secretary of state before you vote for her. There is a pile of destructive actions (to be polite). The most recent reported on is in Haiti. Before that there... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at From Xico
In their usual condescending way, in their Sunday Review, the editors of The New York Times dissed Bernie Sanders and chances he might have to get things done if he were elected president. I wonder just how effective Hillary would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at From Xico
Consulta Mitovsky does many surveys of life and attitudes in Mexico. Below I´ve translated the recent survey of attudes towards gays and lesbians. Here is the link to the PDF file of the survey. . As usual, I would like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at From Xico
Sometimes on holidays or special days, often, actually, Jim and I go on excursions instead of going out to eat or buying each other gifts. We were, this Valentine's Day, in need of an excursion. They've become altogether too few... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at From Xico
A couple of days ago we did NOT have a great deal of fun driving around Xalapa. Xalapa has a LOT of traffic and it is often bumper-to-bumper on narrow streets which don't always go in straight lines, especially at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at From Xico
Last Wednesday I went to get my ears repierced. The holes had closed up some time ago, and I´d wanted them restored. About the only jewelry I like to wear is earrings, so we´d been looking for a place to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at From Xico
Someone up north commented on facebook that she was envious of our weather right now. Gimme a break, I say. Her weather may be colder outside, but it isn't colder inside, I can guarantee it. I am writing this with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at From Xico
I approach Christmas with some trepidation (to say the least). I'm one of the people they talk about who experiences anxiety more than anticipation, and so is my husband. So this year I was surprised by the happiness that enveloped... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at From Xico
It sounds strange to say it, but Day of the Dead is a holiday that is really fun. This is due in part today to the omnipresence of Catrinas, often life-sized dolls created by all kinds of people for display.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at From Xico
Tuesday in what is called la madruga, or god-awfully early in the morning, we came back on from a short and wonderful four days in California surprisingly well-adjusted to west coast time. So when someone started banging on our gate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at From Xico
I have this pattern I now recognize to my chagrin. A topic grabs my attention, preferably one about Mexico, even better one about our area, and I mean just to read a bit about it, talk to a few people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at From Xico
On September 20 I put up a post that I started out intending to be about Isaac Berliner, a Mexican Jew, who wrote poetry in Yiddish. Having been struck by a feeling of connection that surprised me, I´m afraid I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at From Xico
Although we live at the very edge of a village and can just cross the small river at the bottom of our property and be in coffee growing country, we also live very near -- maybe eleven miles -- from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at From Xico
A part of Peña Nieto's speech at the UN in which he warned of the dangers of extremist populism made up most of my last post. Today the columnist Raúl Flores Rodríguez comments further on it in Sin Embargo. Flores... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at From Xico
You all must have heard of Ayotzinapa by now. It's been in US papers as well as Mexican ones. It has been one year since the murder and "disappearance" of 43 students from the normal school in Ayotzinapa. The parents... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at From Xico
Recently I discovered a Jewish poet named Isaac Berliner who emigrated from Poland to Mexico in 1922. He started out here in Mexico City as a street peddler selling (maybe ironically) saints’ images. He loved Mexico City and the people... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at From Xico
Genetically modified food is permitted without labeling in Mexico. Here is a listof some foods that you might find were made with GMOs, or maybe not. These products were not necessarily grown or made in Mexico. This article in La... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at From Xico
Some photos from our house (remember you can click on them for a larger picture.) One of the many beautiful tiny moths we've seen this summer, its wingspan is probably less than an inch. This one is sitting on a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at From Xico
Following up on my two previous posts, I am posting an excellent TED talk here: The topic is how trials are distorted by drug companies and others. Ben Goldacre is a very good (and fast) speaker and will give... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at From Xico
Scientific thinking is really not casual, though you may discover things you want to subject to scientific rigor by casual thinking and observation. My husband who has a much more disciplined mind and is much more comfortable with scientific rigor... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at From Xico
GMOs are the product of biotechnology, but it was the science of biology that made them possible. It is a scientific approach which can help us examine how GMOs work, whether their use should be better controlled,or whether they should... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at From Xico