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Hey Jude, Don’t Make it Bad

By Cheryl Young No, St Jude did not inspire that famous Beatles song, as someone on a Patronato Pro Niños Tour asked last month. (The generally accepted story is that “Hey Jude” was written by Paul McCartney to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian during the breakup of his parent’s marriage.) St Jude was one of [...]

Travel News

By Judy Newell   Mexico Travel News Interjet Revamps Website, Offers Special Fares Interjet Airlines has launched a revamped website. To celebrate the new site, the airline is offering special fares. Travelers booking online can score US$72 one-way fares to Mexico through May 31, 2018. Special fares for flights within Mexico are also available starting [...]

The Saga of Dulce

By Megan Gabel Dulce, a very beautiful, medium/large-sized, snow-white Lab mix, was a street dog, the darling of the San Antonio neighborhood until we had the space to bring her to the safety of the SPA in November 2013 when she was about 2. Very calm, gentle, and friendly, she was eventually adopted and taken [...]

One Thousand and One Persian Nights

By Tim Hazell The first dynasty of the Persian Empire was established by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC with the conquest of the Median, Lydian, and Babylonian monarchies. Its sovereigns controlled much of the ancient world and the largest population in history before being conquered in turn by Alexander the Great, founder of Hellenistic [...]

The Computer Corner

By Charles Miller   What is a Pup?   An Atención reader stopped me on the street this week with a question. She asked, “What’s a pup?” The obvious answer is “cute, cuddly, loves to chew on things,” but she quickly clarified that her computer had popped up a message saying it had blocked access [...]

My “A-ha” Moment On the PPN Tour

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By Cheryl Young I remember the exact moment at which I thought that being a tour guide would be the perfect post-retirement job for me. I had retired early and was still traveling, writing, exploring, and generally looking for that thing which would be a good fit for me and would reflect who I aspired [...]

Vistas de San Miguel


Vistas de San Miguel” is a bimonthly graphic reportage of scenes 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 on her website, as well as information [...]

Travel News


By Judy Newell Mexico Travel News Two New Highways in Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa The Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa area of Guerrero, Mexico recently opened two new stretches of highway linking resort towns along the Pacific Coast and also the regional airport. The new US$6.2 million Cerro del Vigia-Riscalillo-Playa Larga scenic highway connects the two resort towns of Playa Larga and [...]

My Job as SPA Receptionist


By Marlen Mejia “I have five puppies that I cannot keep.” “I found six kittens on the road.” Upon entering the SPA, these are the welcome calls I receive. Before knowing the work of the SPA, I also thought what most people still believe—that because it is an association for animals, they have to rescue [...]

The Persistence of Superstition

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By Tim Hazell   I am the alpha and omega, the beginning and ending, the first and last. – Revelation of St John In occultism, the broad definition of “human” includes hybrids with supernatural powers. Native lore and superstition have engendered allegorical stories that celebrate our dream states. Curanderos use sacred hallucinogens to communicate with [...]

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