FOOD, THINGS, HISTORY, TRAVEL
Brownsville-Metamoros Ferry by Maggie Van Ostrand 6-19-10
The ferry was an efficient means of transportation between the U.S.
and Mexico for 110 years, but in 1929, it took its last trip across
the Rio Grande.
Gift to Opera, Rolando Villazón by Maggie Van Ostrand 1-2-10
You don’t have to know anything about opera to appreciate Villazón’s
voice. When you hear him sing, your jaw drops, your eyes glaze over,
and the hairs on your arm stand to attention... I felt like Al Capone
must have felt the first time he heard the voice of Enrico Caruso.
by Maggie Van Ostrand 10-22-09
John Steinbeck wrote it, Elia Kazan directed it, Marlon Brando starred
in it: Viva Zapata! But how close did these great artists come to
the real thing? The answer lay in a telling 1916 interview by reporter
Guillermo Ojara, sent by his paper, El Democrata of Mexico City,
to interview Zapata himself...
Degrees of Separation, or, How a Mexican Star Became a Cajun Legend
by Maggie Van Ostrand 5-6-09
Even if you have never wondered what ties Mexico to Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow, I’m going to tell you anyway. It begins with a poem...
and the Great Escape by Maggie Van Ostrand 3-12-09
His story is much like anybody else's, filled with both sad and
joyous times, and a lot of luck — he didn't get out of Tijuana by
himself. He had the help of many, including angels, perhaps Santo
Toribio Romo Gonz·lez, Mexico's ghostly benefactor of "illegal aliens,"
and a quick-witted grandmother.
Fence by Peary Perry 2-11-09
My topic concerns something called “Project 28” which is a ‘virtual’
fence between Mexico and Arizona. Now, I’m not a rocket scientist,
but a fence is a fence. You either have one or you don’t...
Conspicuous Consumption to Conspicuous Frugality by Maggie Van
Nothing is ever wasted in Mexico. Not shards of broken glass, bits
of leftover string, or ...
You Don't Know About Mexico by Maggie
Van Ostrand 7-17-08
It's been awhile since the U.S. media has said anything about Mexico
except the low-down on drug cartels, illegal immigration, and kidnappings.
Negativity sells newspapers and sends traffic to media websites
because nobody reads a publication that headlines "Plane Lands Safely."
Common sense tells the intelligent reader that there must be another
side to the story of what Mexicans are like. You're right. Here
are a few true stories to help balance media negativity.
the Mexican War by C. F. Eckhardt 2-3-08
If you believe the ‘politically correct historians’ and the novelists
who follow their lead, the mighty Norteños attacked poor, defenseless
Mexico and raped her of her northern territories. Frankly, that’s
a myth, and a simple examination of the various strengths, both
military and political, of the two countries will expose that myth.
It is, however, considered ‘politically incorrect’ to compare those
strengths. Since I make a point of being ‘politically incorrect,’
I have no hesitation in doing this.
Murrieta, Robin Hood or Just Plain Hood? by Maggie Van Ostrand
Everything about Joaquin Murrieta is disputed. He was either the
Mexican Robin Hood or the El Dorado Robin Hood. He was either an
infamous bandito or a Mexican patriot...
Christmas Flower by Maggie Van Ostrand 12-3-07
Once upon a time in Mexico, a little boy was walking to church on
Christmas Eve. He wanted to see the Nativity scene. He thought hard
about a gift to bring the Christ child, but had no money to buy
Virginia, There Is Another Mexico" by Maggie Van Ostrand 9-12-07
"When I lived in Ajijic fulltime, I saw many things that caused
me to realize how blithely the U.S. media twists the truth. It's
even worse today than it was ten years ago with the lies growing
so fast and furiously, Pinocchio's nose cannot keep up..."
Most Memorable Teacher I Never Had by
Raoul Hashimoto 9-2-07
“Anguish and Disappointment at a Mexico City Bus Stop”
Fence by Maggie Van Ostrand 7-6-07
It might startle you to learn that the U.S.-Mexico border fencing
fuss has resulted in something so funny that nobody could possibly
make it up, not even Dave Barry or Erma Bombeck...
Fighting 201st by Maggie Van Ostrand 5-11-07
Mexico organized the 201st Fighter Squadron, a select group of Mexican
pilots. Thirty-five officers and 300 enlisted men were trained in
Mexico, then given additional flight training as P-47 fighter squadron
at Pocatello Army Air Base in Idaho, and were then attached to the
58th Fighter Group in the Philippines where they began combat operations.
They wiped out machine gun nests, dropped 181 tons of bombs and
fired 153,000 rounds of ammunition, acquitting themselves well and
bravely. Seven of their pilots were killed in action.
by Mike Cox
"Far from the Middle East, another Bagdad lay on the south
side of the Rio Grande at the river's mouth, just across from a
Texas town called Clarksville..."
Anna or Ste. Anne? C. F. Eckhardt
It had been his avowed intention to recapture and add to Mexico
all former Spanish-claimed territory in North America, on the rim
of the Gulf of Mexico in Central America and South America, and
in the Caribbean...
Mexican by Maggie Van Ostrand
It's easy to tell an election is coming in the U.S., because here
we go again with the border situation, better known as the "Let's
build a fence to keep them out" game...
Comic, Super Star, Super Man by Maggie Van Ostrand
World-wide cinema super star: Cantinflas.
My Mexican Relatives Saved the U.S. Economy by Maggie Van Ostand
Fernández, Ten of a Kind by Maggie Van Ostand
You may not have ever heard of him yourself, but one of the most
famous people in the history of Mexican cinema, was Emilio Fernández
Romo, fondly nicknamed "El Indio."
Men Don't Talk, But Dead Women Do by Maggie Van Ostand
Frida Kahlo, and Her Recipes
Churrero by Maggie Van Ostand
The churro cannot be "made," it can only be created.
Mexican Women by Maggie Van Ostand
"The shrewd women of Mexico have run things since the beginning
of time. Despite appearances to the contrary, Mexico is a matriarchal
Me to the Moon by Maggie Van Ostand
Beauty: Dolores del Rio by Maggie Van Ostand
"Sinuous and sensual, she was widely regarded as the female
Posadas by Maggie Van Ostand
"... Now, it could seem that greed might be casting its shadow
over the story of Bethlehem, except for one very important thing:
Las Posadas is still observed in Mexico...."
Friends Ask About Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
"What's it like in Mexico?" "Weren't you scared?" and "Don't they
kidnap you there?" In case anyone reading this publication is wondering
the same things, here's what I told my friends ...
Biggest Mistake I Ever Made In Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
Traveling in Mexico, Leave Your Pantyhose At Home by Maggie
"Your money's no good in Mexico."
Eye For the Gringo Guy by Maggie Van Ostand
According to the show business trade paper, The Hollywood Reporter,
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," the megahit TV show whose stars
are known as The Fab Five, will soon have some light-hearted competition
from Comedy Central's "Straight Plan For The Gay Man," whose stars
have already been dubbed The Flab Four...
Something About Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
Taxi, or El Toro? by Maggie Van Ostand
Hemingway said there are two types of spectators at a bullfight:
those who identify with the bull, and those who identify with the
Baldwin of Missouri Teaches All About Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
A Woman of Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
Perception by Maggie Van Ostand
Trip" by Maggie Van Ostand
To Die For by Maggie Van Ostand
Berlitz Or English and how she is spoken by Maggie Van Ostand
Steps To A Happy Life In Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
Village by Maggie Van Ostand
Day I Photographed Josefina's Family by Maggie Van Ostand
Takes a Tortilla…" Mexicans Turn to an Ancient Reliable Snack
by Sheila Mayne
in Mexico by Sheila Mayne
Things We'd Like You to Know about Mexico
Autobus named Esperanza - Adopt-A-Gringo
over the Rio
Dalmatians - 32 Kids - 1 Van & 10 Minutes to get to the Theater
Reynosa Children's Home Classroom And Their One-woman Faculty