A New Beginning
The True Spirit of Christmas
Tlalpujahua, the town that refused to die.
That fateful morning in May appeared to be the final straw for the small mountain village of Tlalpujahua in the Mexican state of Michoacán. For more than 400 years, mining had dominated the landscape due to a prolific gold vein in the Veta Madre (Mother Lode) region…
The Sun, The Moon, Feathered Serpents… and the Dead.
Word of the Week
Based in Italian, and with the same latin roots as the spanish word “cuarentena,” this word has an interesting history. It stems from “quaranta” meaning forty. In the middle ages, ships arriving at italian ports from areas known to have outbreaks of the black plague were required to keep passengers and crew on board in port for forty days. This was done to determine if anyone on board had the disease because the disease incubation period was often just under forty days.