Dear Lea (my nine-year-old daughter),
We are now more than half-way through our eight-month stay here in Tepoztlán. It has been a grand trip. Full of adventure. And challenges too.
With our ever-loving Jaaki.
I want you to know you’re not the only one who gets homesick, who gets tired of trying to understand this culture—not to mention this language. Who longs for the familiar sites and comforts of home. Our familiar foods, beds, and our always-happy-to-see us Westie Terrier, Jaaki.
Lea, have you ever done something without knowing exactly why? That is sort of how this trip to México came to be. Continue reading
PS. This is not me.
A yoga moment:
So I’m doing my audio yoga class and I’m working through my downward dogs, trying to breathe—you know, “breath in to where you need healing, etc, etc,” when I am struck by words the teacher says.
“Remember,” she says, in that relaxed yogic voice, Continue reading
Thanks to Sarah White—neighbor, writing teacher, and friend—for allowing me to share this as Enjoy and Inspire’s first guest post!
Valentine’s Day 2013 saw women from around the globe take up the cause of ending sexual violence. From London to Los Angeles to Johannesburg, street exhibitions, dance performances and musical rallies were all held under the slogan “One Billion Rising.”
In Madison, Wisconsin, Sarah White participated in a flashmob at Hilldale Mall. Here is her personal account. Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah—and everyone who participated.
Hurried across town. Stuck in traffic on University Ave. a mile from Hilldale Mall, wondered if I was going to miss my 4.15 minutes of…fame? But I got there, 8 minutes to spare. Continue reading
it’s hard to be reconciled
not everything is exactly
the way it ought to be
but please turn around
and step into the future
leave memories behind
enter the land of hope
Zbigniew Herbert was a Polish poet, essayist, drama writer, author of plays, and moralist. A member of the Polish resistance movement, Home Army, during World War II, he is one of the best known and the most translated post-war Polish writers.
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Moving and… Losing?
Tepoztlan. Oscar Cortés via Compfight
Tepoztlán, Morelos, México—I have had the opportunity to get to know this small village of 14,000 residents over the past several years. The fact that one can easily find four generations living together in the same household stands in stark contrast to Continue reading
Parents and snack vendors waiting for kids outside the school at the end of the day.
The word “village” has become kind of a cliché. But it occurred to me the other day that the meaning of that word is very much alive here.
Tepoztlán is a village. Check it out:
—Folks here walking past you down the street Continue reading
Here is a “torrito” in the shape of a scorpion, the symbol of our barrio of San Sebastian.
What do you get when you combine fireworks with candy? An enticing and exciting—yet dangerous—game of Continue reading