Homesick for Where?

In a shopping center "cantina," so-called, with American and Latin pop music playing on the overhead, drinking a Mexican beer served by a Latino bartender, wishing for a shot of Cuervo TradiciĆ³nal Plata served in a frozen salted glass with ice and Topo Chico, I actually find myself missing my life in Mexico. What is…

New Year Changes

Every new year comes in with the promise of new and wonderful things. We make resolutions to be better in myriad ways: more compassionate and more charitable, more active and healthier, more informed and more productive. But sometimes the new year arrives with the unexpected. How do you continue life--at at any time of year--without…

Eating Together

Down South in the past, Sundays were the day when families gathered for the biggest and best meal of the week. There would be fried chicken and mashed potatoes or pot roast and rice and gravy, and maybe a coconut meringue pie for dessert. Here in El Norte de Mexico, Sunday still is the day…

Subbing

I am here at a local school where I am to sub for a colleague who teaches English here. Class is to begin at 8:00 a.m. It's an exam day. It's 7:50. There's no staff here yet. I try to put myself into the mind of my coworker. I see her coming in the gate,…