After 8 months of life in California that included a life-threatening illness, spontaneous excursions in the snow-capped mountains to the crisp coast, and weeks of untimely scrambling to showcase our home for prospective buyers- I am writing to you from abroad once more! Guanajuato, Mexico is a colonial town dating back to the Spanish conquistadors of the 1500s. Twenty minutes from the airport in Leon … Continue reading Bienvenido a Guanajuato!
A little over a month ago I was forced to make a decision: go to public school or continue homeschooling? Mum was incapable of teaching any of the kids grades 1-10 at the time; her underhanded surgery had crippled her and left her bedridden, in and out of the hospital for two months. She relapsed one morning while I was the only other “adult” in … Continue reading Why I Chose To Flip The Page Instead Of Plugging In
August. Exactly one year ago at this time I was laying flat on my stomach in a new bed on the second story of a new house in a new city in a new country. I was staring, bleary eyed, at my minuscule iPhone screen as I typed up what would become one of the original posts on this website, which was not yet officially … Continue reading The Hero Of The Story
“Who died for your sins and saved your life?” The crowd was bursting with flashes of light and I could make out the tail-end of my name through the stampeding hands and raucous cheering. “Jesus Christ!” “I baptize you in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.” The first view I ever had of the inside of the church was from … Continue reading Possibly The Most Exciting & Difficult Challenge I Have Ever Taken On And I Recommend You Do Too
Two weeks after the plane ride back to California, we took off again. What? You can’t blame us for having itchy feet! Fortunately for our funding, this place is just an eight hour drive away yet is still one of the top world destinations and completely free. I’ll give you a hint, before I actually saw it, I always imagined it would look something like … Continue reading Bathroom Readers: The Grand Canyon
The Jackson family arrived safely back in Long Beach yesterday morning to an empty, echoey house. We setup a few mattresses on the floor and huddled together, because this weather is absolutely freezing! I haven’t felt the lick of seventy degrees in ten months, and let me tell you, after living under a ripe sun and rice-cooking humidity, this is a bit of culture shock. … Continue reading Expressions of A Mexican Griot
Happy June! After our Jackson family see-you-soon shindig yesterday night, we have been busy rolling up our belongings to travel back to California for the summer. Departure is in two days, and all my belongings- except for my library of books- I packed into two bags in less than half an hour. Meanwhile, hurricane season is on the brink of its return and the sky … Continue reading Hasta Pronto, Playa Del Carmen!
30 of May Countdown: Four Days until departure Marguerite Johnson was thrust into the world on April 4, 1928, nearly 71 years before I was even a thought. But as young Marguerite traversed the temperamental tides of life, a new identity began to shape; the strong-willed woman shed a skin of abuse, silence, and racial discrimination, the sound of her indomitable voice culminating in a … Continue reading I Know Why A Dead Bird Can Still Sing
Before I scare you with the video chronicling our run-in at an abandoned, haunted hotel on a secluded beach where the ghosts of past guests still checking into their desiccated rooms can be heard, let me share about the goodies I’ve been baking! As you know, my family went organic, plant-based vegan almost four years ago, but that doesn’t mean we have missed out on … Continue reading Paradise, Pastries, & Paranormal Activity
6 of May So since I was nominated for some blogosphere award, you, my faithful yet small amount of readers, get to learn a little about me, as part of the rules of the award. Read at your own risk. “The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community … Continue reading The Liebster Award (That I Just Learned Exists)
5 of May Feliz Cinco de Mayo! On this historic Mexican holiday, we look to the past and remember the great Mexican victory won over the French (who were angry because Mexico didn’t pay their bills.) On this day, 1862, a band of ragtag natives lead by Ignacio Zaragoza and armed with meager artillery valiantly defended their land with a spirit that has enraptured the … Continue reading A Condensed History of The Mexican Spirit
Day 1. Saturday, April 12. And We’re Off! + Hostel Yaxkin Loaded up the car with our bags, Christy, Andrew, Clayton, and the Jackson clan. We took off for Palenque at 9:30, and had been driving for eight hours when our rental van broke down. We stopped at a mechanic in one of the twelve building villages, who gave the fuel pump the ol’ German … Continue reading Road Trippin: Palenque & San Cristobal
6 of April Well, I am here to tell you that the attraction park Xplor right outside of Playa (off the caratera, aka freeway) is a must for vacationers and residents alike! Yesterday my family, cousins Kristine and Kennedy visiting from San Francisco, and our young friends Asha and Raina all made the trip down the caratera to explore Xplor (sorry, had to.) Residents: you … Continue reading Xplor (Forget Disneyland)
So my handy dandy scanner broke and I’m unable to post any new art, but I’ve been super busy with a new Frida Kahlo painting and some street art/watercolors that I can’t wait to share! As soon as I’m desperate enough to fix the scanner that I actually flip through the instruction manual, of course. (And a bonus: the manual’s in Spanish.) Plus some great … Continue reading Amy & The Doodles
2 of April From Saturday to Sunday I spent my hours in the hospital, so I had a lot of time to lay back and think about all the things that bother me and are, inevitably, wrong with society. My bacterial infections, parasite, and rotavirus had kept me from food for 36 hours, so naturally this was the first thing that I noticed had gone … Continue reading Bladder Rain Dances (And Other Social Reforms)