Being Here Now: A Shopping Trip to the Mercado

I feel like life is starting again after a year of being on hold; Covid restrictions, concern about infection, etc. etc. etc. all influenced us to such an extreme degree that I was pretty much a recluse for the last 12 months. I'm just really starting to realize that and venture out of the shell …

Back Home in Mexico

There's no question that it's been an unexpected, challenging and thought-provoking year for everyone, and I'm no exception. On March 24, 2020, I closed up my home in Mazatlan, paid the rent and utilities four months in advance, packed a few things (including my two cats) in the car and headed north to Colorado. My …

Speaking of Moving to Mexico…

Recently I was interviewed by Curt and Cindy Liljedah for a podcast on their AdventuRetired.com website. We had a lot of fun! The couple's enthusiasm for living life to the fullest is contagious, and their experience living in Texas close to the Mexican border gave them a more informed perspective than most . They've done …

“How To Trip & Fall Gracefully”

Moving to another country is something you can only prepare for so much. You might think you're ready, think you've got a handle on speaking Spanish or the cultural differences you'll encounter, but it's been my experience that everyone gets blindsided (more than once!) by unexpected, surprising things. Giant papier mache puppets make their way …

A Year To The Day

Well, geez. It's exactly a year to the day since I last made a post here. I'm going to blame it on the pandemic. During the last 365 days, my life has been turned every which way. Of course, that's the case for many people. My particular version included driving back to the U.S. for …

“A Conversation with Janet Blaser & Deborah Rodriguez, Hosted by Arturo Santamaria”

I want to send you all over to my Calendar page, where you'll find a somewhat long and interesting post about this upcoming event and the folks involved. Do take a minute to check it out - everyone involved is a fascinating character in their own right - myself included!

Oops & Happy Holidays!

Geez, it's been a whole month since I wrote anything here! But first, some season's greetings. I have been busy writing, though - a new weekly food & recipe column for Mexico News Daily, a popular online publication, is keeping me busy. My columns and other Feature stories are in the Life section, and I …

Our First Book Talk!

"Once upon a time we moved to Mexico‚Ķ" Book contributors Dianne Hofner Saphiere, Susie Morgan, Lisa Lankins & Nancy Seeley. The first Book Talk at El Recreo, a community center in Mazatlan, was really wonderful! Joined by contributors Dianne Hofner Saphiere, Susie Morgan, Lisa Lankins and Nancy Seeley, who all live in Mazatlan, we read …

Thoughts on Getting Older

This post isn't solely applicable or about becoming an expat. But because so many of us who are expats - or want to be expats - are "of a certain age," I thought it might be appropriate to post here. I struggle with so much of this "aging process" and wish I could more often …

Following Your Dream, No Matter What

Click over to the Contributor's page to see a new post, an excerpt from Nancy Seeley's chapter in the book, "Falling In Love (Twice!) South of the Border." #expatlife #whynot #followyourheart #beachtime #sunset #zihua #mexico #justdoit #yesyoucan #thelifeyouwant #whyweleftamerica #zihuatanejo #mazatlan