No “Smokey the Bear” en Español…

(Photo: Some rights reserved by Judy_and_ed) Mexico. Mid 1950’s. No fire-sprinklers inside commercial buildings; no fire-extinguishers; no emergency lighting/signs; no fire drills; no “Smokey the Bear” en Español… No regulations saying that you can’t use diesel as a cleaning agent because of its tendency to catch on fire; especially not in a factory environment where […]


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Ice Ice Baby

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Nabor begins working in an ice factory where working conditions are less than ideal. And back then, that meant a lot more than having to deal with co-workers who put seafood in the microwave…

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For one of my Grandma’s birthdays, the family decided to make a video satirizing Chancla-Time. A bunch of us grandkids were filmed panicking in sheer terror in my grandparents hallway, fearing the approach of the mighty Chancla. As the camera got closer to us our horror intensified. Of course, we also set this nonsense to the theme music from the movie “Jaws.” My family is a bit melodramatic.

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Magdalena or Bust

(Photo: Some rights reserved by Gerry Balding) He kept up with the box-car as best as he could, but he knew that he wouldn’t be able to much longer as the train continued to gain speed. He looked around the boxcar for something that he could grab a hold of, but there was nothing. Just […]

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A Good Year

Emilia cares for my crippled Great-Great Grandfather Porfirio. Nabor plants a couple of bumper crops. All in the beautiful village of Miraplanes. Not bad for their first year of marriage. Not bad at all…

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