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Get on the Fast Track for the Third Act of Your Life

Mary Murrell and Janis McDonald created and lead the Designing Yout Third Act Workshops

Live Like You Can By Mary Murrell In a previous article in Atención, I described a phenomenon called the U-curve of happiness. Social scientists have documented increased happiness (or feelings of well-being) as people age, starting during midlife and continuing into the 80s. If you aren’t feeling particularly happy, fortunately there are things you can [...]

To Support CASA, 70-Year-Old Cycles from Toronto to San Miguel


By Mark O’Neill Not many people kick off their eighth decade with a 2,500-mile cycling adventure, but that’s Torontonian John Murtaugh’s big birthday goal. He wants to raise at least US$25,000 for his favorite charity, Amistad Canada. Murtaugh was inspired by the documentary film CICLO, which tells the story of two Mexican brothers, Arturo and [...]

Casita Linda: Noche de Capilla


By Bere Parra A secret as extraordinary as the Hacienda Santa Clara Center for Texas A&M University rarely stays secret for long. In collaboration with Universidad de Guanajuato, the historic Hacienda Santa Clara houses study – abroad programs for Texas A&M University students. The landmark property, which is usually not open to the public, is [...]

Promoting Literacy in San Miguel de Allende

English students

By Linda Curran Libros Sin Fronteras, A.C. is a not-for-profit association with three initiatives. First, we offer English classes to primary and secondary students, providing scholarships to defray the monthly tuition by 50 percent. Tuition monies purchase books. Second, we will soon implement a Bookmobile, housing the thousands of books purchased, that will reach schools [...]

The Crisis of Immigrant Children

By David Johanssen In the last several years, images of unaccompanied children and families from Central America showing up at the US-Mexico border have stunned Americans. More immigrants are now coming from Honduras than anywhere else in Central America. The society there has yet to recover from a recent coup that crippled the economy and [...]

What Do UU’s Believe and Why Are They Best Known for What They Don’t Believe?

By Jon Sievert Current Unitarian Universalist president Arlene Van Note asks and answers the questions, “What Do UU’s Believe?” and “Why Are They Best Known for What They Don’t Believe?” at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meeting. UU Service By Arlene Van Note Sun, Aug 30, 10:30am La Posada de la Aldea Ancha de San [...]

100 Women Who Care Funds Libros sin Fronteras


By Lee Bellavance “We are thrilled to receive the funding!” Linda Carol Curran of the San Miguel non-profit Libros sin Fronteras exclaimed when 100 Women Who Care voted to award the group 62,100 pesos to fund literary projects. The three main objectives of Libros sin Fronteras ( are to establish libraries in schools, to teach [...]

Habitat for Humanity and Casita Linda


By Louise Gilliam Casita Linda was privileged to have met Linda Fuller Degelmann, who with her late husband, Millard Fuller, founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976. Linda and her new husband, Paul Degelmann, were visiting Linda’s daughter, Faith, and her husband, Scott, here in San Miguel and expressed an interest in what Casita Linda was [...]

Report from Cuba


By Cliff DuRand When Secretary of State John Kerry officially inaugurated the US Embassy in Havana last week, the US flag flew there for the first time in over a half century. Many see this as the beginning of an “Americanization” of Cuba. Cuba sees it otherwise. Ever protective of its hard won sovereignty, Cubans [...]

El Tesoro Perdido de la casa de los 13 cielos

Grabando el corto en cañada de la vírgen

Por Dora Guzmán Once jóvenes cineastas entre 12 y 17 años, emprendieron la aventura de conocer y trabajar cine durante dos semanas, concluyendo el curso de producción de cine y grabación del cortometraje. Trabajaron arduamente y con rigor cinematográfico asesorados por 10 expertos en cine. El Director de fotografía David Rivera, manejo encuadres y movimientos [...]

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