Rewired & Loving It!

  Or How I learned Spanish, drawing, painting & coloring outside the lines & beyond the boundaries The Commerce Department reported that the percentage of all retirees traveling abroad rose to 13 percent from 9.7 percent between 1993 and 2012 [NY Times 8/30/204]. Woooohoooo! I was one of that 13 percent. I retired for the 3rd time in January 2011. Yep! It’s all about the charm of the third time. Or for me…well, I finally took Pablo Picasso’s advice: “Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do…Read more …
Hurrah 2015!

Hurrah 2015!

Each New Year prods me to think about the past and improve the future. However, I, more often than not, wind my way back to Mary Baker Eddy’s reminder:  “Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty and holiness.” Ah-ha! I turn off the “best-of” and “worst-of” buttons. Turn attention to my-list-of-thanks. Listen. Quietly. Hurrah! 2014 was great…with the usual opportunities to prove that good is more powerful than evil…. 2015 will, of course, unfold more good…and more dragon-slaying-opportunities. As I prepare for another 6 month trip south of the border, I unpack my art…Read more …
My Blog Begins….Again!

My Blog Begins….Again!

My blog journey began in 2011 when I retired….or as I was soon to learn, when I re-wired. Pooh Bear, Baggans and I boarded a plane and headed south of the border to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Life changing. Perspective altering. Identity defining. Dire warnings from family and friends predicted death from cartels or worse--nasty germs in water and food. Lyrics from OLD DOGS looped around my head … but remember for all your pain and gain, you’re still gonna die…stop drinking booze but you’re still gonna die….you can eat a lotta…Read more …
Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

"Mexico celebrates a yearly tradition called Day of the Dead during the last days of October and the first days of November.  As in many Latin American countries, Mexico commemorates the Day of the Dead or All Souls' Day on November 2nd.  The legacy of past civilizations is graphically manifested on this occasion through people's beliefs that death is a transition from one life to another in different levels where communication exists between the living and the dead.  This communication takes place once a year throughout the country.  The Day of the Dead…Read more …
Silence

Silence

Casa Karmina seems empty without Donna & Cheryl here to laugh and plan our day's adventure.  Baggans misses Cheryl holding up the squirt bottle to "threaten" her if she nips.  Pooh Bear wants to know where her walk-to-the-park-buddy is....and I'm busying reviewing verb cards for my tutoring sessions.  And so we're settling into our non-routine life in San Miguel de Allende....waiting for our next visitor....anticipating the next unplanned adventure.  After the late night chats and giggles over stories of our past escapades,  silence seems louder than the jostling on the streets. in these…Read more …
Mis Viejas Amigas

Mis Viejas Amigas

Defying news reports of death and drugs south of the border, friends continue to visit me in San Miguel de Allende.  Probably has something to do with "our" generation.  Risk takers.  Fun seekers.  Reconstructed hippies.  Friends taking the fast lane...not the check out lane.  JUST SAYING NO to age-limiting laments, they walk, run and saunter on down the road to the next adventure.  Laughing.  Loving.  Cheering.  Consoling.  Remembering. Two long-time friends, Donna [NCHS] and Cheryl [WWC] visited me for almost 3 weeks.  Together we explored every street in San Miguel, took every tour…Read more …
Estoy Aqui!

Estoy Aqui!

Three months in San Miguel de Allende have whizzed by at the speed of light.  Three months left.  So much to do...so little time...PERO...more adventures wait. Some random thoughts that flitted around my head as I sat in the Jardin today.... ESTOY AQUI! I'm here Between somewhere And nowhere On my way to Anywhere Thinking Pondering Reflecting Roaming the highways Of my mind I'm here Between somewhere And nowhere Taking mental pit stops Snapshots too Of yesterday I'm here Between somewhere And nowhere Hung up in detours On the the road To anywhere Marking time…Read more …
Escultura de Arcilla

Escultura de Arcilla

"So much to do, so little time" is my refrain while I enjoy all that is offered in San Miguel de Allende.  Last week really bumped up my juggling act a notch or two.  The Spanish class, STORY TELLING, stretched me with loads of homework each night AND I had a four hour sculpture class each day! Oh pero...que divertido!  Sharon, the artist-sculptor-instructor has lived in San Miguel de Allende for many years.  She seems to know every one in San Miguel...made for very interesting conversation as we sculpted.  Her studio is filled…Read more …
Green San Miguel: Organic Farmers’ Market

Green San Miguel: Organic Farmers’ Market

Saturday I visited the Organic Farmers' Market on Ancha de San Antonio.  It's just around the corner from Casa Karmina.  This was my first visit.  The market was filled with music, kids playing and folks selling & buying organic produce, artisan breads & cheeses, natural beauty products, organic coffee, organic meats and traditional handcrafts.  After a taste test, I bought tomato soup and sourdough bread.  Saturday marked the Market's 1st Anniversary Celebration.  The vision of TIANGUIS ORGANICO is to provide healthy organic products from local sources.  The San Miguel de Allende market is…Read more …