Mauricio Betancourt

I write when I dream the stories

Mauricio Betancourt

Mauricio Betancourt
Cali, Colombia
February 06
Colombian journalist (37). Gay advocator and social worker. I like people and believe people like me. I am as honest and transparent as I can be and like to meet people around the world. I´ve been away from OS for a while but I intent to keep writing and reading of course as it is the only thing that really awakes my heart... Hugs from Colombia and much love

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The taxi stops in front of West Sunrise Palms Condos, the doors open and girly noises start coming out and getting louder as women step off the cab, one by one; a tanned Latina blonde wearing a spotless white long sleeve Versace, high delicate Jimmy Choo´s and long wavy hair (IsabellaRead full post »


   Early morning in the harbor, I can smell the salty water of the ocean; I hear the whistling of the dolphins playing with a drifting plastic buoy. I take a look at my boat and it is, to me, the living dream, the conclusion to many years of hardRead full post »

JANUARY 7, 2012 12:13AM

Little Frail Porcelain Kid: Peripeteia

My heart is about to burst out my chest, I feel a pain puncturing my back,  I feel the despair of making a choice. The choice. Tears running down my face;  I see my mother´s eyes filled with tears and terror, begging. I see my husband´s eyes filled with tears and… Read full post »

Christmas… I remember the season, all those seasons, all those years. I remember them; I remember the sparkling lights, the ornaments, the tree, the figures and the nativity. The food, the Colombian Natilla and buñuelos, the tamales, the morcilla. All the drinking. Those smells. All theRead full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2011 12:25PM

A Letter to Mrs Statue of Liberty

Dear Mrs

Statue of Liberty

Or do I have to call you by your French name? Statue de la Liberté

First, I will start this humble note but presenting you my respects. I have some presents here for you from Colombia I know you´d like them. Second,Read full post »

This happened three years ago; some friends and I (the one with the cowboy hat) did the whole production for the video, the professional camera, the professional cameraman, the editing, the hugers, and even talked to the mall´s administration so they would let us tape the whole thing/
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gayfellaLast year I wrote a piece about my feet, about the love that I have for them; about those things and places I´ve done and been to thanks to these two pieces of human features that allow me to move around and that I´ve came to appreciate a lot, and… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2011 10:07AM

Those Childhood Moments

Mis piesDid I ever imagine that I was going to live the life that I lived? Did my parents saw what the future held for me? Did any of us understand the real meaning of our own existence or our roll in this world? They say that during those first days… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 9, 2011 4:06PM

At My 36

cumpleaÒÂÃÒñosI turned 36 this past sunday (February 6); in my life I´ve liked the tradition of blowing the candle and ask the Universe for a wish when feeling that turning one year closer to maturity and  seniority gives me the right to bitch about how unfair life´s been to me,… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 3, 2011 1:20PM

It's Time for Colombia

By Michel Hodson

In February of 2009, I made my first visit to Colombia, near the beginning of my overland RTW adventure. This September, I went back for a couple months to see some parts of the country I didn't see last time through.

The difference… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2011 11:11AM

Little Frail Porcelain Kid X

san-sebastianI´m seated in front of the computer facing a new dilemma; how to write this post and how to take this step that will disclose a part of my life that will help those following these installments understand my psyche. Understand why I am this dramatic and why does my… Read full post »

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JANUARY 19, 2011 3:17PM

Tripping the Country Side a photo-storyline

SDC10547Hola OSers. Today I took a trip to the countryside here in my hometown Cali. I met with a local artist I wanted to interview and he invited me to see his country house. The sun was up in the sky, humidity in the order and mosquitos everywhere... but, what… Read full post »
JANUARY 12, 2011 4:57PM

Little Frail Porcelain Kid IX

Lonely_Man_by_phatpuppyThus far I have been able to manage my own mind just fine while being all by myself for more than 20 years. There were times when I thought and honestly believed that I wasn´t going to make it, that the river was too wide and my arms too weak… Read full post »
JANUARY 6, 2011 2:18AM

Little Frail Porcelain Kid VIII


boy2Life sometimes takes turns that just scare the soul out of us and leave us mute, numbed; emotionally unresponsive to any type of outside stimulation and even unable to move, the physical reactions make us sick inside, the stomach aches and spins, cramps force us to close our… Read full post »
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DECEMBER 29, 2010 10:53PM

A Letter to Dad for a Happy New Year


Santiago de Cali, Colombia, 28 December 2010

Hola Dad,

I know it´s been a long time... a very long time since you´ve heard something or anything from me. It´s been a very long time since I called you dad even in my mind. It has been hard for me… Read full post »
USNAVYToday I had the most bizarre encounter ... my mom hired a lady to cook what she is going to serve for the Christmas dinner. Everything was cool up until the door-bell rang... 
"Mauricio can you please open the door.. that must be the cook"  My mom commaned
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DECEMBER 17, 2010 4:32PM

A Christmas Tale in my Home Town

SDC10223 Last night I was invited to see a play at the local Jorge Isaacs´ Theater.  Since I am a passionate fan of theater plays myself I was delighted to go and see what they had to show to the local "caleños and caleñas".

        &… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2010 7:02PM

Wikileaks "Dossier" on Colombia


frank cisneros - Obama COLOMBIAThough the bilateral relations between Colombia and United States have always been implied and recongnized by the international and regional community as not to be a relationship between equals, the 18 cables (there are still 2500 more) disclosed by wikileaks  so far have revealed… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 4:43PM

All The Dead Queens

drag_queen__P_by_psychyginger - copiaBlack high-platform heels, strong thick ankles, soft shaved skin, Channel N5 perfume, surgical tape holding what´s between the legs and needs to be hidden; tight corset, velvet black hot pants,   red glittered lips, green eyes, long eyelashes (fake), long perfectly delineated… Read full post »

Around 2 million people have been affected by the heavy rains in Colombia; said this morning the country's President Juan Manuel Santos, after visiting a disaster site in Medellin (Northwest) where a landslide swept 35 houses killing more than a hundredRead full post »
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DECEMBER 3, 2010 10:23AM

Little Frail Porcelain Kid VII

3rd_painting_by_TolkienmasterToday, facing my mother´s (apparently) poor memory of the past made me feel more frustrated than ever before in my entire lonely pathetic life. Today, I realized that this woman has a dark side that I don´t like. She made me remember those years when I was a little boy under… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2010 1:08PM

Open Salon´s Ring of Power

OpenSalon-1109I found Open Salon back in August 11 2010 while searching for websites where journalists could blog about whatever they might feel like blogging. I made a simple  search on Google and found a writer who lead me here. I regret not remembering the writer but I remember that while… Read full post »

batman-logo-9A dark dead end street. A multibillionaire-goodlooking perfect couple walking together but alone in the dark of an alley. Bad guys hidden in the shadows. Assassins. Fear. Anguish. Tears. Dead. The couple murdered. A little boy left alone with no parents to look after him. The

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Mark BearMark Bear, a 53 year old scientist and researcher for MIT , who has been totally obsessed with the human brain, recently told that he believes that "some forms of Autism and mental retardation may be treatable with drugs already existing on laboratory shelves"... enough information/… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 17, 2010 7:55PM

Book Series Are What Publishers Really Want


jugglingExecutive Editor at Jossey-Bass, blogger and publishing market guru, Alan Rinzler, posted a very interesting installment for newsletter on what publishers are looking for writers to create today. If they want to capture some attention; series are the pot at the end of tRead full post »