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This is a bimonthly graphic reportage of places and events in San Miguel de Allende


This is a bimonthly graphic reportage of places and events in San Miguel de Allende by Susan Dorf, a local San Miguel artist who has an eye for noticing and capturing the unusual moments and details in everyday scenes. You can view the whole series and purchase prints on her website, as well as information [...]

Travel News

Orient Express

By Judy Newell Mexico Travel News The Airline with the Most Legroom With 34 inches of seat pitch across all its planes, Interjet is the unexpected international airline with the most legroom. The Mexico-based, low-cost carrier flies between a handful of US cities and lots of destinations in Mexico, plus a few in Central and [...]

The Joys of Adopting an Adult Cat


By Stephanie Hatfield When I visited the SPA to adopt a kitty, I met some beautiful kittens, all very sweet, playful, and needing a home. As a recently retired person, I wondered if I had the energy to keep up with such active kittens. The cat volunteer suggested I consider an adult cat. I was [...]

Galloping Horses!

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By Tim Hazell Thailand’s folklore and rustic science are steeped in religion and handed down through the millennia as oral histories. The village shaman, known as a mo phi, is a prominent community member, performing marriages and healing rituals and acting as an intermediary between spiritual and material worlds. To summon the dead, four sticks [...]

All About Internet Browsers


By Charles Miller When I was in school, the story went around campus of the girl who failed her driver’s license test. It seems the testing officer told her she failed to set the parking brake, to which she responded “What’s that?” Sometimes I will ask someone to open their browser, and they answer, “What’s [...]

Adopt a Senior Dog


By Megan Gabel November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we have a few dogs that probably qualify as seniors (but shhh, don’t tell them!). There is no standard definition of “senior,” but the consensus seems to accept that, generally, a dog 7–9 years old (depending upon size) falls within this category. Adopting an older dog [...]

An Encounter with Beat Poetry

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By Tim Hazell Beat, jazz, and slam poets are products of urban environments of stainless steel and glass, cantilevered structures, strident traffic, sirens, and street vendors. Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs reshaped their poetic language in the midst of multi-media saturation and neon glitz. Thinly concealed beneath the veneer of 1950s urban [...]

High-speed Connection?


By Charles Miller   The first problem I needed to deal with when I arrived at a client’s location in New York City was that the speed of his internet connection seemed to be slower than I would have expected for the Big Apple. In fact, the speed did not seem to be any better [...]

Aesthetics Applied to Music—East Meets West

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By Tim Hazell The Occidental scale, devised by Pythagoras and perfected by Bach, has provided an enduring basis for musical composition in the West. However, it is not the only universal standard. The Middle East, for example, has a vast number of harmonic intervals that sound exotic to the Western ear. East and West have [...]

In Celebration of Animal Lovers—an SPA party!


By Megan Gabel The Sociedad Protectora de Animales de San Miguel de Allende is having a party! Please join us! It is on November 15 from 5–7, at the private home of Lesley Lustgarten. For this special celebration, tickets, which are 100 pesos each, are limited in number and must be purchased in advance. Don’t [...]

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