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Harry and Miny

By Harry Burrus She gets excited when she sees me approaching her casita. When she breaks into a smile, she has chipmunk cheeks. She stands, places her paws on my chest, and I put on her harness. She insists on a foreplay massage before we ascend the steps. I don’t object. Miny is a lovely [...]

Can US Voting Machines Be Compromised?


By Charles Miller Last week, I related some of the news coming out of this year’s DEF CON hacker convention, and there is still a bit more to say. Once again, this year the convention featured the Voting Village, through which computer hackers were invited to try compromising the security of voting machines, websites, and [...]

Save Money at the SPA!

Dra. Adriana Rivera & Brandy

By Megan Gabel The SPA’s on-site clinic and our full-time veterinarian, Dra Adriana Rivera (shown here with Holly, a puppy, and Brandy, a kitten), offer lower-cost, high-quality health care for your pets. We are able to meet your pet’s needs, from conducting routine exams and providing vaccinations to diagnosing and treating medical issues with your [...]

Travel News


By Judy Newell México Travel News Marinas of the Riviera Nayarit Four large marinas and one boutique marina in the Riviera Nayarit area can handle craft that range anywhere from 26 to 400 feet in length. Marina Nuevo Vallarta, located in the El Chino estuary, offers all the services of a world-class facility. Close-by, the [...]

So Many Different Ways to Get Involved with SPA Cats!


By Jayn Corral Are you thinking about adopting a cat or kitten? Visit the SPA to enjoy the beautiful, playful, healthy cats and kittens like Rio, Pau, and Wilma, all ready for their forever homes. Check them out on our website ( and then come and meet them in person. If you long for a [...]

More on Technology and Your Privacy


By Charles Miller Last week I noted that privacy and the individual’s right to it is a hotly debated issue. I briefly summarized how under US law in 1928 the Supreme Court ruled that nothing said on a telephone could be private. In 1967, that court reversed itself, declaring that citizens should have a right [...]

Apollo and His Voice


By Harry Burrus Apollo is a handsome three-year-old. His namesake was an Olympian deity in classical Greek mythology, recognized for many traits, among them, having a poetic voice. In writing, finding your voice is one of the hardest things to do. When that happens, one is more relaxed and creative. One is more complete. It [...]

Travel News

By Judy Newell México Travel News México City’s Hidden Little Tokyo Japanese presence in México dates back 400 years to when the samurai Tsunenaga Hasekura stepped off a boat in Acapulco in 1614 to serve as the island’s first ambassador to what was then called New Spain. A few centuries later, in 1976, a new [...]

SPA’s October Pets of the Month Are Treats

By Megan Gabel and Jayn Corral Maya, a medium-sized beauty, is a sweet, affectionate, and happy dog with gorgeous, haunting eyes. About 3-3/4 years old, she enjoys going for a walk, stopping to turn around for a hug every few feet. Chips, about 4-1/2, is energetic and eager to please. Quick to learn, she is [...]

Travel News

REG TRAVEL NEWS Russia sleigh ride

By Judy Newell México Travel News Plan Expanded for Yucatan Tourist Train México’s president-elect announced an ambitious proposal for a train on the Yucatan peninsula that would link nearly all the region’s main tourist draws and cost double or more than the previously announced figure to build. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador campaigned on building the [...]

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