Mexico Insights isn’t just this blog you enjoy reading every day or two. In fact, this is the little sister publications in the Mexico Insights family. Nine years before MI’s Facts, Fables, Folklore and Fiestas was revealed, Mexico Insights – Karen Blue was the other part of the “we” back then -- began publication of a monthly, full-blown online magazine, Living at Lake Chapala (http://www.mexico-insights.com)
Since January 2002, we’ve released a new issue of Living at Lake Chapala on the first day of every month – each issue stuffed with full-length articles about the people, places, facts and things you need to know to visit or live at Lake Chapala.
Here’s a preview of what’s in the new May issue:
The second best way to weather the hot afternoons of May is quiet work on the computer (the best is reading a good book in a shady hammock). There's plenty of great reading in this month's issue of Living at Lake Chapala to fill a few of those warm afternoons. Here's a preview of this month's offerings.
A Nod to Moms and their Day
Take a look at how we've honoring motherhood this month. Our Feature Article visits a large Ajijic family. You'll like meeting these folks. Mom and dad still run the small family store on Colón, meanwhile their eight siblings have achieved a great deal of education and success. We're not sure how they did it, but this is certainly an inspiring story of a determined mom and dad.
Then one of our favorite writers, Diane Goldstein shines the light on being foster parents — to puppies. Diane and her partner, Ellen, found that providing a home and bottle raising a pair of pups was more work than they imagined…2 a.m. feedings and all. You'll enjoy this story about Taking on the Bitch's Kids in our Homes and Lodging column.
(Left:) Diane and Ellen's English Sheepdog, Special Ed, has proudly proclaimed himself Puppy Daddy of Ralph and Alice, the fostered pups. (Right:) Ralph and Alice have grown into healthy and hearty playful puppies. Expected to reach about 60 pounds each, they still have some growing to do in their new forever home.
Judy is wandering around the area a bit this month, making a list of special places to go to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, the arrival of special guests and…yes Mother's Day. Look for this rundown on great food and great ambiance — and some places that have both in the Mexican Kitchen. (Well, of course, it's Mother's Day…you didn't think Judy and Lorraine would be cooking, did you?)
Peace Corps Volunteers, San Miguel and 100 Miles Around the Lake
Jim Tipton is back on the job this month…he's been out visiting Lakeside residents Judie and Bob Terry. Not only are they both returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Bob was right there at the beginning when this fine organization was in its infancy; in fact he led the first Peace Corps team. We keep telling you there are special folks here at Lakeside — and then we find more people who surprise even us. Read this story in the Community piece.
It's no surprise that Harriet Hart would head off to San Miguel Allende for the writers conference — she's been on the organizing committee for the Lakeside event every year. What did surprise even Harriet was how much she came to enjoy the keynote speaker at the event, New York Times bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver who has penned the Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams, Pigs in Heaven and some eight others including her new book The Lacuna which is set in Mexico.
Two of our writers planned winter trips to San Miguel Allende. (Left:) Anita Lee recorded this picture of indigenous dancers. (Right:) This colorful street is typical of many San Miguel scenes.
Lakeside resident and writer Michael McLaughlin and his wife, Anita Lee, recently completed a grand tour of Mexico — spending about a month in several different areas. He's agreed to share his views on these areas for readers who may want to visit, or even consider spending some extended time in another part of Mexico. This month this talented pair (he writes, she shoots the great photos) have taken us to San Miguel Allende. From the famous main church, the pink stone Parroquia to their favorite taco stand, there's a lot to learn in this article.
This winter we got to know a wonderful pair of snowbirds — Carolena and José Torres. This delightful couple has been traveling in Mexico for three decades and spending time at Lakeside for more than 20 years. This winter they accomplished a long-standing goal, they traveled all the way around the lake, coming back through Mezcala. If you've been thinking about trekking around the lake, take a look at the sights that Carolena and José discovered.
Seeking Treasure, A New View of Lakeside, and Breathing Again — What a Gift
Janice Kimball is back this month with a Soul of Mexico article about seeking Mexican treasure — a Sunday expedition to find a legendary cache of golden coins hidden at the time of the Revolution. What a story this is…and what a fun read.
We welcome Scott Richards to our writers galley this month (he'll be back next month, too). Scott is new to Lake Chapala, and he's shared his first impressions of our little corner of paradise in words and his own photographs. He's made this month's Getting Here column a colorful trip around town.
We're wrapping up this issue with Phyllis Rauch's recent surgical experience. She can barely quit raving about the difference in her life and we're thrilled to have the "real" Phyllis back again after an extended time of not feeling well and barely having the energy to drag herself from point "a" to point "b". Who knew that blocked sinuses could create such problems, or that opening them up could restore normal life! We're so glad she's better and know you'll enjoy reading her piece in the Health and Safety column.
It's another great lineup of stories folks…I've enjoyed reading and preparing these articles for this month's issue. I know you're going to love them too.
By the way, it means a whole lot to our writers to get "fan mail." If you read an article you particularly enjoy, be sure to send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll pass it on to the writer who will be thrilled to hear from you!