My Videos

I created my YouTube channel because I began making short films (both in English and Spanish w/ subtitles). You can find three of them there; the fourth should be available in a couple of weeks (fingers crossed).

Recently, I’ve started filming bits and pieces of my life, areas of interest in Oaxaca, Mexico (where I live), some dishes I’ve prepared, etc. I’m retired and I find doing this to be amusing for me and hopefully, entertaining for others.

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“Unsettled Settling” – a short poem

I’ve settled.

Decision made.

Right? Wrong?

I’ll see.

In Mexico.

Permanent resident.

Good food,

Friends, weather.

Unsure stirrings.

Adventurous nature.

Why now?

Covid? Age?

Other countries.

Maybe better.

Mexico beckoned.

I succumbed.

I’ve settled.

But, forever?

Decision made.

Mind whirling.

Right? Wrong?

No importa.

I’ll see.

I’ll survive.

Taco Fino – Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico (Volcanes)

Small place, only 4 tables. Best tacos al pastor in my neighborhood. 10-minute walk from my house.

This place is nowhere near the tourist zone in Oaxaca because that’s not where I live. The neighborhood is mostly working class families. If you ever visit Oaxaca and have the time, take a $3 taxi ride from the center and eat at Taco Fino.

The tlayuda I ate here was so-so.

C. Zempoaltepetl 328, Volcanes, 68020 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax.

Easy Garlic Pasta

I found this recipe on Flipboard. It was originally posted on the One Green Planet web site.

If you boil the spaghetti while slicing the garlic and chopping the parsley, this is a 20-minute meal from start to finish.

Here are the ingredients and steps to make the dish.

1/2 pound spaghetti
6 cloves of garlic – thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped parsley
pinch of red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons vegan butter
1/2 lemon


Cook pasta until just tender – drain and set aside.

Heat olive oil and butter in a pan. Once hot, add garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Saute until garlic just begins to turn brown — not burned! Add pasta and toss together. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over the top and add the parsley as well, mixing thoroughly.

Take off the heat and serve immediately.

Simple method for drying almost any herb

Most of my posts concern traveling or my writing, but I’ll post anything that interests me. If anyone else finds them interesting, well, that’s a bonus. Today’s post falls into the “anything” category. 😀

Preparing hierbabuena (mint) for drying. I dry all of my herbs. I put the leaves on the pans, set them on my patio. By the next afternoon I have dried herbs to enjoy for months.