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Fijate vos, Sometimes it’s hard to keep hope alive

Greetings once again, my Faithful Reader. The life of a monthly columnist is not a hard one, but then again, it’s not a bed of roses either. There are some months when the words come pouring out, and then there are others when writer’s block rears its ugly head. Then there are months –like...

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Fijate vos, Saint James would not be pleased

Greetings once again, my Faithful Reader! We’re halfway through the year and well into the rainy season, and the rain keeps coming. This is great news in general, because the country’s farmers desperately need it, after the exceptional dryness of the past couple of years. Yes, it makes life a bit difficult for us...

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Fijate Vos, ¿Qué tal, mi Fiel Lector?

Howdy, my Faithful Reader! This month I’m wearing my 1930s-style reporter’s fedora and I’m in full newsman mode, so buckle up for some hard news (with a few snarky comments, to be sure). First let’s talk about how Guatemala’s Clown-In-Chief, former TV comic and current President, Jimmy Morales, is feeling political pressure over two...

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Fijate vos, Who’s In Charge?

Hello again, Faithful Reader! Luckily, my column from last month’s issue of Qué Pasa was not spot on. I ranted and grumbled about how we’re beginning to see the effects of climate change and how the shortfall in previous years’ precipitation is causing problems. Well, our problems have not been magically solved, but this...

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FIJATE VOS…

Historically Accurate Puddles As the old Rodgers & Hammerstein song says, “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over”. (And this citation once again proves – right at the start of a column, no less – what an elderly, Broadway-loving geek I am.) We’re coming up on the halfway mark of the year, and the Rainy...

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FIJATE VOS… Don’t Worry – It’s Just A Joke

Howdy, Faithful Readers! Once again we meet to discuss some of the joys, sorrows, brilliant policies, and idiocies of political life in Guatemala. (By the way, I’m just kidding about that “brilliant policies” part… I think half the country would drop dead of shock if a brilliant policy were ever proposed and adopted.) Now...

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FIJATE VOS… There’s No Substitute For Experience

Greetings again, my Faithful Readers! Let’s do a little thought experiment. Imagine that Tom and Bob are gonna play a game of football (or soccer, as the gringos call it). Tom’s been playing for years, he’s practiced quite a lot, and he’s even learned how to “bend it like Beckham.” Bob, on the other...

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FIJATE VOS… Something Old, Something New, and Something Stupid

Welcome to February, my Faithful Readers! One of the traditions of Guatemala is that, on Thursdays, to the delight of gastronomes’ palates, there are paches to be enjoyed. These cousins of the tamal – made with a potato-based dough instead of a maize-based one ­– are one of the reasons that many chapines look...

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FIJATE VOS… New Beginnings

Happy New Year, Faithful Readers! Believe it or not, we’re at the beginning of yet another year – both on the calendar and for this column. Qué Pasa has been publishing my monthly ravings and rants for three years now, and with this column, we embark on our fourth. (Who’d’ve thought that you could...

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FIJATE VOS… Some End-of-the-Year Musings

My Faithful Readers: We made it! We’ve reached the end of another year (at least in the Western calendar). December has arrived, and with it come many, many celebrations. There’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Krampusnacht, Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati, Rohatsu, Yule, Bodhi Day, the D?ngzhì Festival, and Hogmanay, plus a multitude of other mid-winter celebrations,...

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