Mexico

When I Followed the Jaguar to Mexico

  The door opened and in came another red-hot stone the size of a papaya, illuminating the small tent for a delicate moment. Steam filled the space as the shaman poured liquid onto the glowing surface of the stones. The fire ants ceased their biting for a breath and I...

The Real Guide to Tulum

  Light breaks over the ocean the sky becomes brilliantly pink     the sun oozes towards heaven scattering glitter across the sea.     Pelicans guard the rock islands beside their fishermen counterparts     couples power walk down the shore while the yogis open their...

The Legend of Little Holbox

  In the beginning Isla Holbox was a place just for the birds.     The pink flamingos daintily bathed in the crystalline water.     The pelicans dove in head first emerging triumphantly with the catch of the day.     The sea eagles called their warning across a...

100 Lifetimes in Palenque

  I stepped out of the taxi and into the dark jungle. The humidity enveloped me in its familiar embrace and my hair went wild from the dampness. When the engine started again, I heard my old friends the howler monkeys roar a warning. Damn, it felt good to be in the...

The Spell of San Cristobal

  I departed the bus as the sun came up from an overnight journey from the beach     to the mountaintop town above all the mist curious what San Cristobal would teach.     First it was the cold that woke me right up I shivered in my romper and sandals     at that...

Oaxaca’s Magic Coast

  I blew a big kiss to Oaxaca City, my host     and boarded the van headed straight for the coast.     Past tiny quaint villages through the mountains we wove     I began speaking openly with the local who drove.     We spoke of the stars of the changing Earth and...

Que Pasa, Oaxaca?

  Down through the desert from Mexico City over the mountains from the coast full of hippies     in between the narrow cobbled streets where a clash of cowboys and artists meet     charming and darling Oaxaca will wait for those who come knocking at her bugambilia...

Why the Ancients Aren’t Afraid to Die

  The trees parted and the golden light appeared in the distance. I escaped the darkness of the forest and emerged onto the bluff, where suddenly everything felt more expansive, more possible.   The sky had turned pink and the ocean reflected a shimming line of light...

Woah, Oh, Mexico

  Remnants of colorful streamers litter the street beside magenta bougainvillea blossoms and a quiet surrounds me that I hadn’t yet felt in this city.     The altars donned with fluffy marigolds, candles, and sugar skulls have all come down. The parades have ceased.  ...

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Mexico

When I Followed the Jaguar to Mexico

  The door opened and in came another red-hot stone the size of a papaya, illuminating the small tent for a delicate moment. Steam filled the space as the shaman poured liquid onto the glowing surface of the stones. The fire ants ceased their biting for a breath and I...

The Real Guide to Tulum

  Light breaks over the ocean the sky becomes brilliantly pink     the sun oozes towards heaven scattering glitter across the sea.     Pelicans guard the rock islands beside their fishermen counterparts     couples power walk down the shore while the yogis open their...

The Legend of Little Holbox

  In the beginning Isla Holbox was a place just for the birds.     The pink flamingos daintily bathed in the crystalline water.     The pelicans dove in head first emerging triumphantly with the catch of the day.     The sea eagles called their warning across a...

100 Lifetimes in Palenque

  I stepped out of the taxi and into the dark jungle. The humidity enveloped me in its familiar embrace and my hair went wild from the dampness. When the engine started again, I heard my old friends the howler monkeys roar a warning. Damn, it felt good to be in the...

The Spell of San Cristobal

  I departed the bus as the sun came up from an overnight journey from the beach     to the mountaintop town above all the mist curious what San Cristobal would teach.     First it was the cold that woke me right up I shivered in my romper and sandals     at that...

Oaxaca’s Magic Coast

  I blew a big kiss to Oaxaca City, my host     and boarded the van headed straight for the coast.     Past tiny quaint villages through the mountains we wove     I began speaking openly with the local who drove.     We spoke of the stars of the changing Earth and...

Que Pasa, Oaxaca?

  Down through the desert from Mexico City over the mountains from the coast full of hippies     in between the narrow cobbled streets where a clash of cowboys and artists meet     charming and darling Oaxaca will wait for those who come knocking at her bugambilia...

Why the Ancients Aren’t Afraid to Die

  The trees parted and the golden light appeared in the distance. I escaped the darkness of the forest and emerged onto the bluff, where suddenly everything felt more expansive, more possible.   The sky had turned pink and the ocean reflected a shimming line of light...

Woah, Oh, Mexico

  Remnants of colorful streamers litter the street beside magenta bougainvillea blossoms and a quiet surrounds me that I hadn’t yet felt in this city.     The altars donned with fluffy marigolds, candles, and sugar skulls have all come down. The parades have ceased.  ...

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