My next trip: the Women’s March on Washington

  Like a whole bunch of you, I headed out on November 8 to my tiny township hall to vote. The hall is tiny because my village in the northern Michigan forest is equally tiny. Wendy at the post office knows everyone by name. Ivan at the hardware store witched my well and drilled it […]

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Wisdom from the Maya

  By 9am I was waiting for the bus back to Mérida. “En cinco minutos.” Time enough to run to the corner store for a Nescafé. Among the small group of locals waiting for the bus was a man with two bulging plastic bags. He was of indeterminate age and unremarkable appearance. He struck up […]

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A day at Chichen-Itza

  Chichen-Itza, the renowned Maya ruin and UNESCO World Heritage site was only a couple easy hours by bus from my hotel in Merida.  I walked a few blocks from the bus stop to the pleasant, affordable, family-run Posada Oldalde in Pisté, which is the gateway town to the ruins. I decided stay for two […]

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Semana Santa in Merida, Mexico

  Of all the liturgical extravaganzas in the church year, Semana Santa (Holy Week) takes pride of place. And no one celebrates Semana Santa like the Hispanic world. So I was building up my knee calluses in anticipation of some hard-core churchgoing while I was in Mérida. Since a church is rarely more than a […]

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Mérida-my last stop

  After a mystical dive into the ancient Maya culture at the ruins of Palenque, I headed toward Mérida, my last stop on this long Mexican sojourn. I had been traveling for almost five months, beginning in the north of the country and slowly making my way south. I had seen the Copper Canyon and […]

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