“No insisto en que sea una aventura completa, sino es el comienzo de una, porque así es como comienzan las aventuras.”

“I do not insist that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin.”

Don Quixote de la Mancha
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
(1547 – 1616)

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Janet Kurtz Holding Her New Book
Jan with her Mexican maid and amiga, Beda, Saltillo 1970
Janet E. Kurtz serving Aguas Frescas at the First Congregational Church’s Mexican Night, May, 2019.

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Janet E. Kurtz

¡Hola! Me llamo Jan.

Hello! I call myself, Jan.  My mother calls me, Janet.  My Spanish-speaking friends call me Juanita. These stories and photos represent my duo-life, a bilingual journey, a multi-dimensional world view.

Articles

Braine

The Power of a Name

It happened! After twenty-some years, area voters passed a referendum permitting the high school expansion to begin. Properties were purchased, existing houses were demolished pushing parking lots northward, thus opening space for the addition. Two city blocks filled with construction materials, machinery, and work crews. The occasional orange cones directed traffic out of harm’s way.

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Teresa Dvoracek 172 (2)

Carnival and Cascarones

Carnaval Mexicana and Cascarones   “It was a relief to dip down the mountain slopes into Mazatlán and find Carnival in progress.  There, Gregory saw his first big water, the Sea of Cortez. He stood in the foam of incoming waves, looking out into eternity before we continued north along the coast to picturesque Álamos. 

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Los Viejitos

Mascaras: Mexican Masks – Then and Now

Patzcuaro, Mexico, early morning. Debora, our local guide, rounded us up in the patio of La Mansión de los Sueños, a former colonial edifice that had served as a sumptuous home for a wealthy family in the day. Our group of fifteen travelers, enrolled in Spanish classes, visits to the Rosario Butterfly reserve, and Mexican

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Articles

Braine

The Power of a Name

It happened! After twenty-some years, area voters passed a referendum permitting the high school expansion to begin. Properties were purchased, existing houses were demolished pushing parking lots northward, thus opening space for the addition. Two city blocks filled with construction materials, machinery, and work crews. The occasional orange cones directed traffic out of harm’s way.

Read More »
Teresa Dvoracek 172 (2)

Carnival and Cascarones

Carnaval Mexicana and Cascarones   “It was a relief to dip down the mountain slopes into Mazatlán and find Carnival in progress.  There, Gregory saw his first big water, the Sea of Cortez. He stood in the foam of incoming waves, looking out into eternity before we continued north along the coast to picturesque Álamos. 

Read More »

Monarch Butterflies

Monarchs. Those butterflies with royal orange and black patterned wings that flit into northern life every spring and hasten to return south before the freeze. Monarchs. A story of metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to a being that takes flight – a metaphor of life, death and resurrection. Monarchs. Their rare migration requiring four generations to complete the life cycle that perpetuates their survival, unique among planetary creatures.

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