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  • The Temazcal and Catemaco

    We spent a few days in Catemaco. It was simultaneously lovely and not. The campground (Tepetapan, 200 pesos) was lovely. It’s huge, green, on the edge of a river, with trees all around. Lushly gorgeous. And the kids and Kianna had fun playing But the town… sigh. It had the sad appearance of a town come […]

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  • Alight: A Travel Story from a Long Time Ago

    When I was 17 years old, I was living in Fukuoka, Japan. I was studying in an all-Chinese prep school to pass the Japanese university entrance exam. I was paying for my school and living expenses by teaching English to yakuza (mafia). Both studying Japanese in an all-Chinese school and teaching English to the yakuza […]

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  • Veracruz…And the Truth About Traveling with 3 Kids

    We drove from Teotihuacan to Veracruz with a stop in charming Cholula. Delicious mole poblano, snow-capped Mt “Popo” in the background… we would have stayed longer had accommodation been easier. But no one was at the Cholula campground to open it, and finding hotels to take Kianna was such a major pain the butt that […]

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  • 7 Reasons to Roadschool

    Roadschool: if pressed, you can define it as “homeschool on the road” – teaching your own children while you travel. While roadschooling, you may or may not follow a set curriculum, but integrating aspects of travel and learning from the road are what fundamentally sets it apart from homeschooling. We roadschool. We follow some curriculum […]

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  • Mexico City (“DF”) Subway

    I have to write a little post about the subway in Mexico City. And I have to do this because I just wanted it OUT THERE, on the internet, that this is an excellent subway system, so easy that our 6 year old learned how to navigate it. 5 pesos a ride, anywhere. Trains come every […]

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  • Why Frida Kahlo Remains Relevant

    “Oh my God!”, Mikey exclaimed as he read about Frida Kahlo for the first time, “she’s like someone you would be crazy about; a painter AND disabled!” Later he added that if she were alive, I’d probably be stalking her. I started my “Frida Period” when I lived in Tucson, Arizona about 20 years ago. I […]

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  • Book Review: Small Talk, by Amy Julia Becker (& Giveaway)

    I am always slightly embarrassed to talk about how much I love religion (in general) and God (in particular), how important spirituality and faith are to me and my life. In undergrad, it just so happened that every single elective that I took had something to do with religion, which was how it came to […]

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  • Some Thoughts on Senate Bill 334, Abortion & Disability

    A new proposal by a state senator seeks to make it criminal to abort a fetus on the basis of its disability or gender. Since women rarely abort in the United States on the basis of gender, it appears (as David Perry aptly stated), as if gender is simply a smokescreen for the real Trojan […]

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  • I Was So Wrong About Mexico City

    I was trying to put my finger on why I thought that Mexico City would look like this: A smog-laden valley of rampant pollution. I think it was my Japanese high school in Tokyo that made me think it was a den of ick. There were a lot of photos, you see, in my Japanese […]

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  • Our Rig

    This post has been a long time coming. I think one thing I want to be clear about is that we are not rig people, per se. We don’t exclusively stay in campgrounds or boondock, never have. We enjoy staying in hostels, hotels and motels, we like the break from driving and getting to know […]

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  • Teotihuacan

    I don’t even know. I was just in cranky mood for pretty much the whole time we were there. I am generally a pretty cheerful person, so that’s just not normal and I blame it on.. what… I blame it on the freezing cold weather there, on the greyness that seemed to perpetuate everything, on […]

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  • How Many Stairs Can You Climb in One Day?

    Janitzio is an island off of Patzcuaro that was on Globe Trekker. I’m think I may have seen it in the blur of one of my three post-partum periods (which one, I don’t recall), but I remember absolutely nothing about it. Mikey assures me it was a good show. Anyway. So we piled into a cab from Patzcuaro, piled […]

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  • And Then We Fell in Love: Patzcuaro

    We didn’t expect to love Patzcuaro. We expected to have some fun admiring crafts but that was it. I was dead-sick when we arrived, completely non-functioning and in stupid pain (I ended up seeing a doctor and got knocked up with antibiotics). We wanted to find a hotel to stay in because it was COLD […]

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  • “I don’t think of you as having a disability!”

    When people say that they don’t associate the word “disability” with me or with Moxie, I think they mean it as a compliment. It certainly has that tone. “I don’t think of you as having a disability!” I’m not insulted by these statements. I sense the love for us behind the words, I don’t take […]

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  • Would You Just Quit Saying “Special Needs”?!

    I am an adult with a disability. I have a child with a disability (different from my own). And I am a professional educator. I have come to loathe the term “special needs”. I feel like it’s a watered-down euphemism for “disability”, originating in the educational sphere and has since been misused all over the […]

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  • Ajijic, Chapala and Serendipity

    Around Christmas last year, we camped next to Tim and Ann, a couple that we came to be good friends with. They are older and very much an inspiration to me with the no-holds-barred way in which they live their lives. Well, at that time, we were just meeting them and Ann said I really […]

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  • 2014: A Wild Ride

    2014 both started and ended with us in Mexico. And in between, we moved to a yurt on the Lost Coast of California, learned to skin a deer, kill a bear, harvest fruit (before the animals get it), use an outhouse and outdoor shower and deal with mice that make nests in printers. And the […]

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  • A Pleasant Place to Get Sick

    Villa Corona is an adorable little town about an hour from Guadalajara. It looks just like I thought a small town in Mexico would. Sleepy and colourful, with efficient, friendly beautiful and hospitable people. Amazing food. A rich weekly market with vegetables that could be placed directly in a Whole Foods display. Fresh cheese mongers, bakers, […]

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  • 5 Things I Learned When My iPhone Was Stolen

    I had been sick. That’s really my main excuse. I was sick and fuzzy brained and lulled by the quiet small town that we were staying near. The sun was warm. I had recently had an attack of Montezuma’s Revenge and was weak, sitting by my beloved across the street from the truck (wherein the […]

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  • Guadalajara 2

    After being sick for the better part of a week, offline because of the loss of my iPhone and the malfunctioning of my portable modem and just…out of it… I’m catching up with some news, photos and posts. Here are the remaining photos from Guadalajara! Like0 Google+1 Tweet2 Pinterest0 Total3

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