Looking a lot like Christmas

In this tiny Mexican town with an unpronounceable name, Christmas is a serious year-round business If you get to visit this lovely town, and you should, you need to remember two things. Its name is Tlalpujahua and that's pronounced something like "Tlal-poo-háh-wa." Practice, so if instead going through Atlacomulco on the way to Tlalpujahua, you …

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Costa Rica: A bird of a very different feather

It continues to thrive while its neighbors remain mired in violence, poverty and corrupt politics This tiny Central American country can charm as well as puzzle you. Its dazzling biodiversity, which attracts 1.7 million tourists and $1.7 billion dollars in revenues yearly, is irresistible. The other, more surprising side of Costa Rica is how it …

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The hard and tangled lives of our ranch hands

One leaves for Texas, another witnesses a knifing and the third has a near fatal motorcycle accident One night a year ago, Félix, our gardener of twelve years, left without notice with his two brothers to work at high-paying construction jobs in Texas. Stew didn't take it well and cussed Félix for his disloyalty for …

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