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By Judy Newell México News México Tourism Board Expected to Close All International Offices The Mexican Tourism Board, which last month shuttered 17 of its 21 international offices, plans to close the remaining four by June, according to multiple sources. The sources, all of whom spoke on condition that they remain anonymous, said the New [...]

The Computer Corner


By Charles Miller In this column last week, I wrote the following: “Email addresses are not necessarily case sensitive. This means if your email address is, it is okay to write that address as or or if you care to do so.” This week I am going to explain that almost [...]

Travel News


By Judy Newell   México News UNESCO Announces Plans for a Club in Playa del Carmen Officials with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have announced that they will be opening a club in Playa del Carmen. According to the Riviera Maya News, UNESCO wants to have representation in the state of [...]

Kairo’s Cancer Scare a Lesson about the Sun’s Potential Effects on Pets

Curious Kairo

By Jayn Corral Screams—not cries but screams—caused the Sociedad Protectora de Animales (SPA) staff to run to see what was happening. There, on the roof, was a street cat we didn’t know screaming for all it was worth. One of the male staff approached it and gently put it in a bag to take to [...]

A Foster Home for a Stray Dog Becomes a Forever Home


By Marie Abercrombie It’s me, Jake, talking to you again from Casa Hogar. Spring has sprung, and we are all ready for a few sprinkles of the heavenly liquid to clean our beautiful stone playground here at the orphanage. Daylight savings time is right upon us, and that means I have to get up earlier [...]

Pleasure in Moderation

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By Tim Hazell Founded about 307 BC, Epicureanism is a philosophy system based upon the teachings of Epicurus, a Greek whose house and garden provided a gathering place for enthusiasts. Epicurean ideas encompassed both physical theory and ethical doctrine. The Epicureans had three criteria of truth; sensations (aisthesis), preconceptions (prolepsis), and feelings (pathe). Prolepsis, or [...]

The Computer Corner


By Charles Miller There is a feature of the popular free email service Gmail that allows users to customize their name so that its appearance is more appealing or perhaps easier to read. Every user of Gmail needs to be aware of this feature and constantly vigilant of how this feature is being used to [...]

The Computer Corner: A Quick Guide to Spotting Internet Fake News Articles


By Charles Miller The ubiquity of smartphones, always-on Internet, and social media has brought about a dramatic change in the way in which some people are exposed to the news today. Last year a good friend of mine here in México phoned me to ask if I had seen the news reporting of a serial [...]

The Song of Roland

White Wine with Honey and Sage

By Tim Hazell   Roland, or Hruodland in the original Old Franconian language, was a celebrated Frankish military leader (died August 15, 778) under Charlemagne who is mentioned historically as military governor of the Breton March, responsible for defending France’s frontier. He was killed in a stunning military defeat at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass [...]

Casa Hogar’s Heart to Heart Program Still Looking for Temporary Foster Dog Owners


By Marie Abercrombie Hey there, it’s me, Jake. Hope your life is as happy and fun as mine. These days, my boy pal Leonel and I have worked hard and I have mastered the command sit and am working on down. I’m still struggling with focus, but that butterfly that keeps distracting me—I have named [...]

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