Love in Mexico

Navigating family and place


Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
December 31
This blog documents the encounters and events that taught me about Mexico, and about the culture of family, Mexico's and my own. .............................................… Find more of my work at ........................................... Thanks for reading.


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JUNE 30, 2011 6:02PM

The Culture Shock of Coming Home


Church Rock vista
From Old Mexico to New. 


If I got in my car this too-hot afternoon, I could be in Juarez in time for dinner. 

When we drive across the Rio Grande for Sunday lunch with his grandparents, I tell my son that if we… Read full post »

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JUNE 2, 2011 12:47PM

Adiós to Mexico


My keyboard looks like a pirate’s maw, gaping holes that were once keys, stains on others, and its hard drive is jammed full of photographs: pyramids, pink stone, parades, fireworks behind cathedral spires, and hundreds of hotel rooms I could never afford on a hotel reviewer’s in… Read full post »

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MAY 9, 2011 5:00PM

Roots and Wings and the Story

I grew up on a farm in your quintessential middle-of-nowhere. While my dad cursed his cows and tractors and broken down trucks—“peckerhead” should have been my first word, my mom nursed a vast  vegetable garden, a flock of Thanksgiving turkeys that were notoriously too large… Read full post »

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MAY 3, 2011 8:59AM

Mexico Celebrates Dia del Niño

“When we see a pretty flower, we stop to look at it and smell it, right?”

My son keeps his face hidden. He gets shy when strangers gush at him.

“And seeing that flower makes us happy, right?”

He nods into my chest.

“Well, people in Mexico feel that… Read full post »

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APRIL 11, 2011 12:17PM

Travel With Your Children

Ruins at Tzintzuntzan, Mexico

Yes, it’s difficult; but what isn’t? Yes, it’s not what it used to be; but what else is new since you became a parent? Yes, you have to pack half your house; but do it anyway. Travel with your children. Travel while they’re… Read full post »

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APRIL 6, 2011 3:57PM

Citizen Limbo

The doorbell buzzes.

It is probably Alfredo, our neighborhood auxiliary policeman who is not so old but is missing a prominent front tooth. He visits periodically to collect our twenty-peso contribution to his force-of-one. More often, he drops by to ask for a donation to help him through the latest… Read full post »

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MARCH 21, 2011 11:03AM

Mexico's Children of Springtime (photos)

Morelia celebrates the first day of Spring with this desfile de niños.
(click on image for full-sized view)







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MARCH 18, 2011 11:00AM

Studying "Death Trains" in Mexico: An Homage to Bravery



On our second morning in Mexico City, my son’s Matchbox convertible somehow landed in sludge. Noelle, who has decided I can use her name forward now that this post has been live for a while, is my husband’s colleague (and my closest fellow gringa mother, or… Read full post »

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MARCH 11, 2011 2:07PM

Is Travel to Mexico Safe?


Morelia, Mexico 


Two articles have come to my attention this week, one an op-ed in the Washington Post by Edith R. Wilson, a former advisor to the World Bank, and a post by CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, the “Contrarian Traveler.” The gist of each was this:/Read full post »

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MARCH 7, 2011 11:07AM

My "Under the Mexican Sun"?: On Imagination and Travel

Is it lack of imagination that makes us come
to imagined places, not just stay at home?

"Questions of Travel" by Elizabeth Bishop

Driving across Guatemala in my old Salvadoran Volvo, Steve and I planned a school we would open in some remote corner of that land of so… Read full post »

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MARCH 2, 2011 11:26AM

Comparative Parenting, or, Freezing My Babies in Mexico


“Señora, his feet!” The woman rushing at me over the cobblestones, well-dressed in a beige pantsuit, all but gasped in horror.

I stopped pushing my son’s flimsy stroller, but before I could defuse the situation, she had my toddler’s bare feet in her hands.

&ldq… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 14, 2011 3:26PM

A Healthy Body Politic? Vaccines in Mexico


“Un momento,” called A’s teacher Anita as we strollered away from his Montessori school one afternoon.

When she caught up, she handed my husband a small slip of white paper printed faintly on one side.

“Today they came to give vaccinations. A had one for polio.Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 7, 2011 11:26AM

Getting The Lead Out Of Mexican Ceramics


Pottery 1

 Glazed dishes being stacked into a traditional open-top, wood-fired kiln, Capula, Mexico


For the Super Bowl, we headed across the street to a steak place with a big television. We ordered Victoria beers and hammered-thin bistec served a la mexicana or arrachera, with gr/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 26, 2011 10:38AM

Baby Steps Down the Path to Citizenship (Part I of ??!)



My husband and I—both born and raised U.S. citizens—have lived in Central and South America in the past, and on both sides of the border, in New and Old Mexico; so we have heard a lot of immigration stories.

We have even had minor immigration… Read full post »

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JANUARY 24, 2011 1:32PM

In the Land of the Butterflies


Flutter #1



Monarchs live for only two months unless they are born in the fall, then (if they live east of the Rockies) they fly thousands of miles to Michoacán and hang out on the same bunch of fir trees their great-greatRead full post »

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DECEMBER 9, 2010 1:26PM

Road Rules and Gender Roles: El Salvador

 (An abridged version of this essay was featured on's Life Stories. Read it here.)


Share the Road


“Sam,” my mother insisted.  “You’d just better make sure you know how to say ‘You are not taking my daughter’s car away from her!’ in… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 8, 2010 1:57PM

Sundays in Mexico

Market day haul.

Most Sundays here in Mexico, I take my son to the market a few blocks from our home in Morelia’s colonial old town. Some weeks my husband comes too, even when he feels behind in his work, but other than the variable… Read full post »