Some of my "alterntives to covid thinking" friends say they keep a gun in the house for defense. I won't do that. If one owns a gun they must be prepared to kill another human. Accidents happen. And what defense is a gun when ten come at me with guns?

Here's the opinion of someone who was diagnosed and spent seven years in and out of mental hospitals before licking that habit. I am not a brain scientist, whatever that means.

1. "Mental illness" is a construct for control and profit. There is no science supporting chemical brain imbalances or genetics relative to people's mental problems. These problems are socio/economic and trauma induced.

2. Diagnoses are subjective, not science-based. They are avenues to treatment with "experiemental neurotixins" ususally without informed consent about habituation and other pshysical and mental side effects.

3. There may be cultural inheritance of traumas passed down…

The fears you mention are certainly justified.

Technocracy (social engineering by computer) has been greatly advanced by the policies and controls during this pandemic.

Transhumanism, to me, is a scary ideal.

Part of the problem is the difference between intelligence and consciousness. We are very limited in how we consider these.

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Before going hiking, it’s a good idea to consult with the natives, or one of the long time expat residents that hang out in the many cafes. One trail, for example, is known for its robberies. I’d suggest staying away from that one. You might hire a local guide at a very reasonable price. Just ask around.

Wear long pants with sturdy shoes and socks, and a long sleeve shirt. Poison ivy and poison oak are common on many trails. Wear a cap and sunglasses. If you are hiking during the rainy season (June-Sept.) carry rain gear. …

Some alternative views

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Words that came up in the editor report on the Pro Writing Aid analysis of this article.

When I was young, a guy told me: “You can’t keep sitting on the fence. You need to jump one way or the other.” That was just before I got a master’s degree in Microbiology (Syracuse U., 1969).

Joe Martino suggested these times beg us to hold opposing views in mind without projecting anger. And to drop our personal narratives and expand them to be more inclusive.

I’m tired of holding back for fear of ridicule or censorship. This is what I’ve been doing since last March, when many found my Facebook posts annoying.

I don’t care — I’m going…


Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico

White buildings on the side of a mountian.
White buildings on the side of a mountian.
Views of Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico. Left, from a cable car. Right, from the terrace of a restaurant. Photos by author

Taxco, pronounced “Tasko,” is noted for its finely crafted silver. It’s a “magic city,” and is located in central Mexico, about an hour and a half ride south from Cuernavaca.

The buildings are all white, built one atop the other, and winding up the mountainside. This reminds me of Greece. My friend Jake, who produced the blog in this series on Acapulco, kindly invited me to visit him.

As the story goes, the original natives mined silver. The Aztecs told Cortez about this, and he invaded and conquered them, taking over the mining operation. …

Author playing harmonica crouched in front of a mural of musicians dressed the same way: all white, broad-brimmed hat.
Author playing harmonica crouched in front of a mural of musicians dressed the same way: all white, broad-brimmed hat.
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. I love playing harmonica at clubs with a blues band, not just with the guys on this wall.


Why and how

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Yellow school bus front entrance with tarp as extension.
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Fernando’s home: school bus with tarp extensions. Photo by author

During the pandemic, many people are reflecting on their lifestyle and contemplating positive changes. Have you ever thought of simplifying your life? Living off-grid and in closer harmony with nature?

Because of the favorable climate, lower costs, and lax building codes and other regulations, Mexico is an ideal country in which to follow such a dream. In this article, I’ll look at how Fernando, a man originally from Spain, has done it.


During this pandemic, most people have more time to contemplate what their lives are about. Every crisis has its opportunities. One I notice is the cleaner skies. What…

Letters From Mexico

A “magic city” noted for its pottery

Grey haired lady standing in front of a display of pottery.
Grey haired lady standing in front of a display of pottery.
A pottery studio in Tlayacapan, Mexico. Photo by author

Tlayacapan, a Pueblo Magico (Magic City), in central Mexico is noted for it’s dancing Chinelos, 26 small chapels, and pottery made from the red clay in the hills.

I traveled by four buses to Tlayacapan from where I live, in Tepoztlan, which is half and hour from Cuernavaca and an hour from Mexico City. The trip from my place took an hour and a half, but it was well worth it.

Ixchel met and guided me around the town. I’ve known her for many years. She’s lived in Tlayacapan for three years.

We met in the market place. …

Don Karp

Mexico expat. Blog:“Letters From Mexico.” Memoir:“The Bumpy Road.” Lived mental health experience.,

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