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Great video about San Pancho

We all love this video made by local college kids Manolo Mercado and Esteban Marquez and the music by Cafe Tacuba. Continue reading

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About Ana

Ana Ruiz, my housekeeper and property manager, is a class act. About her coming to San Pancho and to me from the agave fields of Jose Cuervo. About her rise from dishwasher to head chef at one of San Pancho’s finer restaurants, Café del Mar. Continue reading

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Online Dating V

A comment from a reader of this blog took me aback. “Please remove my previous complimentary remarks about your book, Remember the Sweet Things,” she wrote. “Your posts about online dating are showing me someone who is different from Marsh … finish reading Online Dating V

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Online Dating IV

Match.com sent my “Daily 5” every morning and I looked forward to finding the profiles in my inbox. This time I had limited the criteria to men aged 63-72 who lived within 100 miles of San Jose. More realistic, I … finish reading Online Dating IV

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Online Dating III

In the privacy of my studio apartment in San Jose, I stared at men’s photos, read what they had to say about themselves, and ruthlessly weeded them out. “Fresh meat” like me was matched with scores of men in the … finish reading Online Dating III

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Online Dating II

Online dating II “Match.com is for dating; eharmony.com is for marriage.” So said my senior pop culture advisor, daughter Jennifer. It was June 2009, and I was ready. Not ready for marriage—why would I ever give up my all-but-free military … finish reading Online Dating II

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Online Dating I

My first year of online dating ends next week. What do I have to show for it? you might ask. For starters, not the long-term relationship I seek. The longest relationship I managed so far lasted three months. It crashed … finish reading Online Dating I

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Why Teachers Teach

A few weeks ago, a  Canadian friend of mine stood outside her house in Bucerias, a Mexican beach town half an hour away from my town of San Pancho. She was talking to her neighbor, Miguel. She likes Miguel. He’s … finish reading Why Teachers Teach

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Good Eats

I love stuffed peppers—sweet bell peppers or spicy poblanos—and here are two new variations I’ve added to my meal rotation: 1. Trader Joe’s bell peppers stuffed with ground turkey and rice, and 2. a Mexican food favorite chile relleno, this … finish reading Good Eats

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Ten Things I Learned

Here are ten things I learned this February, at my home in San Pancho, in no order of importance: 1.  Beto Palomera is a prince. He gives honest quotes on masonry jobs, completes work as scheduled with no cost overruns, … finish reading Ten Things I Learned

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Sleepless in San Jose

On-line dating as a 60-something widow is not for the insecure. It is incredibly hard on the ego to be judged by how you look at a time in your life when earlier generations were allowed to be “done with … finish reading Sleepless in San Jose

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Groucho Marx Eyebrows

Two days ago on my birthday, the Widow Greene did the unthinkable and spent the afternoon at a swanky spa, thanks to a generous gift certificate from my son. In 63 years, I’d never had a pedicure or a facial, … finish reading Groucho Marx Eyebrows

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In the Spirit of the Season

In April, daughter Jennifer had broken the sad news to my granddaughters Lily, 10, and Anna, 8, that there was no Santa, just as they suspected. The kids, their mother, and their grandmother cried  themselves to sleep that night, lamenting … finish reading In the Spirit of the Season

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Sweating the Small Stuff

It was close to midnight by the time Jennifer, Lily, Anna, and I arrived at Quinta Elena on Nov. 23. It was good to be home and to have a houseful of company arriving the next day, Tuesday. Thursday would be … finish reading Sweating the Small Stuff

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Thanksgiving

A houseful of family and friends will join me this Thanksgiving in San Pancho: daughter Jennifer, son Michael, granddaughters Lily and Anna, brother Jim and sister-in-law Teri, friends Cheryl and Jeff, Judi and John. Their presence means more to me … finish reading Thanksgiving

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Dia de Los Muertos

My Dia de Los Muertos altar , prepared with help from granddaughters Lily, 10, and Anna, 8, is a labor of love. On a small table in the living room, we assemble a foot-high pyramid of boxes and cover it … finish reading Dia de Los Muertos

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Glib but True

Glib but true, I went to see a doctor about a shingles shot and came away with breast cancer. Here’s what happened. My new U.S. primary care doc, a striking Chinese-American woman  half my age, all but refused to give … finish reading Glib but True

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Homework at the Shelter

As a classroom English teacher, I used to really crack the whip. Kids in my classes cranked out top notch work and lots of it. My “evil eye” or tapping of a pencil quieted down even the most rowdy. So … finish reading Homework at the Shelter

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Marsh’s Stuffed Mussels

Stuffed mussels were Marsh’s signature dish, and he made them often. He dazzled me with a batch on our first serious date. He’d made them ahead, then reheated them in the galley of his sailboat. I’d never set foot on … finish reading Marsh’s Stuffed Mussels

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A Snake in the Kitchen

Last night  I swept a snake out of my kitchen in San Pancho. Not a big snake—maybe three feet long, fat as a garden hose, brown with black diamonds. But still, I vibrated with fear as I ran for a … finish reading A Snake in the Kitchen

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