Two months, twenty-three days

August 1, 2017

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During some research that I was doing about Mexican president Benito Juárez’s first years in office I came cross a notation concerning the “incredibly slow” transmission of a document sent from New York to Oaxaca, the capital of the state by the same name in the southern part of the country. The document was received […]

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Immigrants: Caught in the Middle

July 28, 2017

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The government of the United States doesn’t care about them. Unfortunately, neither does the government of Mexico: The migration of so many heads of household ruptured the traditional structure of Mexican family life, leaving to women many responsibilities that previously had been denied them but also making many of them dependent upon money being remitted […]

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Beware the Marketer

July 23, 2017

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Last week I received six unsolicited e-mails from marketers and self-style marketers urging me to invest in their “sure fire” promotional schemes. Most offered the same or variations of the same processes: reaching hundreds of thousands of Twitter subscribers, blog appearances, e-mail listings, bargain prices on “how to sell” pdfs and videos. Last week was […]

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Miss Sally: A Review

July 23, 2017

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Miss Sally: and the Sinners That God Ignores Posted by Literary Titan Miss Sally by Robert Joe Stout is a portrait of a young girl growing up in Texas in the 1930’s. Through trial and error 13-year-old Sally Halm finds out about sex, relationships, and what it means to engage in this behavior without love. She […]

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Poetry’s for Sissies

July 20, 2017

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For years I’ve heard persons who write poetry complain, “Why don’t people like poetry?” (Or variations: “Why doesn’t anyone read poetry?” “How can we make poetry more popular?”) Poetry, in fact, is subversive. It creeps into everyday thought through popular music, advertising, scientific speculation. A creative writing Ph. D. (of whom there are many attached […]

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The Tapestry

June 16, 2017

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Immigration: It’s not “a problem”, it’s many individual problems. Definitions  intended to be meaningful have lost  creditability. Illegals. Indocumentados. Green card holders. Enforcement. Repatriation. The governments of the United States and of Mexico generate statistics ad infinitum but the statistics are as vague as those accumulated to describe a geographical entity like, say, the state […]

Getting Places Safely

June 1, 2017

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Getting Places Safely Robert Joe Stout   The Governor of the State of Mexico affirmed that the Church answers the call to preserve moral values. JENARO VILLAMIL   I first encountered my double among a shuffle of priests, reporters and security guards fringing the auditorium where the Governor was addressing the national Council of Catholic […]

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