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A native Californian, Jan Baumgartner is a writer and book editor. After many years along the coast of Maine, she now lives full time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She's recently finished editing two books; one, a memoir for a non-profit in which she also worked as co-writer. Her essays on Mexico are included in two anthologies, Solamente en San Miguel Volume II (Parroquia Press, November 2010) available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Powells.com, and Lady Jane Miscellany (San Francisco Bay Press, 2009). She is a frequent contributor to Banderas News in Puerto Vallarta. Her background includes scriptwriting, comedy writing for the No. California Emmy Awards, and travel writing for The New York Times. She has worked as a grant writer for the non-profit sector in the fields of academia, AIDS, and wildlife conservation for NGO's in the U.S. and Africa. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous online and print publications including the NYT, Bangor Daily News, SCOOP New Zealand, Open.Salon, Wolf Moon Journal, Media for Freedom Nepal, and Banderas News in Mexico.

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Friday, April 12, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Juan Roberto's Garden
(1 comments) In later years his life had been difficult, too much pain and loss which now, mostly overshadowed the joy, except when he was in his beloved garden. He had learned along the way there were some things in life that he couldn't control or ever change.

Saturday, March 2, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Caged Birds of Patzcuaro
(10 comments) What continues to surprise is often what we don't expect to see that, set amidst a new town or experience, can change a singular moment into a rush of memories. I suppose that is why I am compelled to travel; it always manifests into something other than the expected, becoming an amalgam of past and present.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Beard
(5 comments) Miscommunication between Venus and Mars.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Heart is a Fickle Little Muscle
(4 comments) And the beat goes on...

Monday, July 27, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Outing Montezuma
(6 comments) From the Fiction Pool ~ A Story from a Faraway Mountain Village

Saturday, May 2, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Rumors, Speculation and Fear: San Miguel de Allende Copes with the Spread of Media-Fueled Alarm, Not H1N1 Virus
(21 comments) Reported from San Miguel de Allende, State of Guanajuato, Mexico

Saturday, April 11, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Sweet Low Down - Mexico Way
(18 comments) Memories are like ghosts ~ just when you think you're living, alive again, they come back to haunt you, draping across your body like gossamer; thin and veiled, nearly weightless, but enough as to feel yesterday breathing against your skin.

Sunday, April 5, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Lupita Checking Out: Day of the Dead & The Scorpion Queen
(13 comments) A fictional story from Mexico

Wednesday, March 25, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Regarding Mexico: Biased News, Half-Truths and Fear Mongering Fuel Paranoia of All Things South of the Border
(12 comments) Violent crime in Mexico is not rampant, and by some measures it is less prevalent than in the U.S.

Monday, March 16, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
OEN Pakistan Correspondent Muhammad Khurshid Cries for Help: Home Reduced to Rubble as Threats of Death Continue
(14 comments) Jobless, his family lives amidst the devastation of their bombed out home while death threats continue against Khurshid, his wife Fatima, and their young children.

Sunday, February 8, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Gone Coastal: From Guadalajara To Barra With No Reservations
(14 comments) Reflections of a Barefoot Wanderer

Saturday, December 27, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Mexican Milagros
(13 comments) A Barking Man, a Parrot who thinks its a Rooster, Drama Cat, Origins of Laughter, Beginnings and Endings, Marking Time by Church Bells

Monday, December 22, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Maine to Mexico: A funeral procession, a pick-up, a pink pinata, and pastel de chocolate
(7 comments)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Tamales and Tacos and Beers, Oh My!
(12 comments) Grabbing the Bull by the Horns: Eating well in San Miguel ~ For Less

Friday, August 15, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
OEN Colleague Muhammad Khurshid Safe in Peshawar
(20 comments) Today I received word from friend and colleague, Muhammad Khurshid, that he had made it out of the tribal villages and to safety in Peshwar.

Sunday, August 3, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
OEN Colleague Muhammad Khurshid Fields Threats Against His Life
(19 comments)

Friday, July 4, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
GORILLA MURDERS Press Release by Friends of the Congo

Friday, June 27, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Last Night
(4 comments) "Somewhere the Sky touches the Earth, and the name of that place is the End." African saying (Wakamba)

Thursday, June 26, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
In the Blink of an Eye
(16 comments) Life, death, and the final days of struggle with ALS.

Thursday, June 26, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Morning Before
(4 comments)

Friday, June 20, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Death of a Monarch
(16 comments) Not all complete the journey home no matter how valiant the effort.

Friday, June 6, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
In Memoriam: When It Is Time To Go
(16 comments) The death of a man and the rebirth of a heart and hope.

Friday, May 16, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Passing Through
(17 comments) The reaffirmation of life in a Mexican village.

Monday, April 21, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Outsourcing Dating
(13 comments) And now for something completely different: The politically incorrect side to dating.

Sunday, March 9, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Day In Mexico
(18 comments) Seizing the day while embracing tomorrow

Thursday, February 14, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Children of the Sun: Refuge in Colonial Mexico; the Girls of Casa Hogar Don Bosco
(16 comments)

Saturday, February 9, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Giants of the Bushveld
(5 comments) short fiction

Sunday, January 20, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Hillary Suffers Minor Scrapes and Bruises After Non-Stop Propelling

Friday, December 7, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Second Chances: Former Death Row Inmate, Kenneth Foster Jr., Breathes New Life and Hope Through Poetry
(16 comments) From death row to life in prison, Foster writes with passion and a purpose; about his daughter, life on the edge, spirituality, and the injustices and oppression crippling the legal system.

Thursday, November 29, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Same Sun and Moon: My guide through the African bush
(5 comments) In honor of World AIDS Day, December 1, and remembrance of all those loved and lost.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The First Lesson
(10 comments) From my grandmother's kitchen table, lessons in life and apple strudel.

Monday, November 19, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
small traumas
(2 comments) silent wails from dried rivers

Thursday, October 11, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
In Baseball You Wear a Cap
(2 comments)

Saturday, August 25, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Bear Necessities
(3 comments) One of the last true symbols of a disappearing wilderness makes an unexpected and welcome visit.

Thursday, August 16, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Exxon Mobil Corporation Bullies Widow Over Inheritance of a Few Hundred Dollars
(2 comments)

Saturday, August 11, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
From Behind Glass: Death Row Inmate Kenneth Foster and Daughter, Nydesha
(6 comments) If ever there was a reason to spare the life of a man condemned to die, it is in the compelling face, voice and wisdom of his little girl, Nydesha Foster.

Monday, July 23, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"Law of Parties"
(7 comments) No celebrating here. If you're present, and someone gets killed, your "party" becomes a date with execution

Monday, July 16, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Confederacy of Hypocrites -- Troy Anthony Davis: Dead Man Walking
(4 comments) Troy Anthony Davis, 38, is scheduled to be executed tomorrow for the murder of a Savannah police officer.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Don't Drink the Water
(1 comments) New warning to be posted at all U.S. ports of entry: Enter at your own risk - drinking the water or eating much of the food supply may be hazardous to your health

Sunday, June 10, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Amateur Birder
You too can be a real amateur ornithologist!

Saturday, May 12, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Of Hummingbirds and Osprey
(3 comments) The small gifts in life are often the greatest treasures. When life overwhelms, solace patiently awaits, right outside your door

Saturday, April 14, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
From Imus to Africa: Racism Here, There, Everywhere
(1 comments) It is an undeniable fact; color is a major factor in nearly all facets of life - whether in relationships, housing, jobs, education, or incarceration - color is always front and center.

Sunday, April 8, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
RIP Al-Jazeerah.info January 2002-April 2007: Progressive Website "Knocked Off" - Who's Next?
(1 comments) Another casualty of the erosion of our First Amendment Rights and Freedom of Speech

Wednesday, February 28, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Reflections - Part 6
Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Monday, February 26, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
An Adventure in the Mukutan Gorge - Part 5
Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Sunday, February 25, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Tracking an Injured Elephant - Part 4
Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Saturday, February 24, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Promise Kept - Part 3
Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Thursday, February 22, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Solitary Confinement - Part 1
Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily.

Thursday, February 22, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
When it is Time to Go - Part 2
Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Monday, February 19, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Wining and Dining in South Africa's Cape Winelands:
Or, Spitting with the Big Boys - The Travails of Wine Tasting

Thursday, February 8, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Not Dead Enough: An Inauspicious Milestone
2007 marks four years since the beginning of the Iraq war and the Darfur genocide - with no end in sight.

Friday, January 5, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
THE COMIC GENIUS OF BUSH & ALLEN:
An interlocutor moderates a conversation of wit and wisdom between the world's second greatest comedy duo, George W. and Woody (following Burns & Allen - the other George, and Gracie, that is)

Friday, December 29, 2006      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Hanging of Saddam Hussein
(6 comments) As we lick our chops, collectively salivating as Hussein is led to the gallows, American bloodlust ranks up there with a diminishing number of countries in Asia and Africa that impose capital punishment, yet we are unremarkably unparalleled in the Developed, Western, Industrialized world.

Sunday, December 17, 2006      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Decline of Darfur
As the situation deteriorates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has agreed to dispatch a high-level delegation to Darfur on a fact-finding mission to further assess the condition. And just what might this latest "fact-finding" mission hope to unearth? More dead bodies, perhaps?

Thursday, November 30, 2006      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
ALS and Stem Cell Research
A personal story of terminal illness, and the possibility of hope.

Saturday, November 25, 2006      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Tit for Tat
(2 comments) News and cleavage, news and cleavage...go together like a horse and carriage! When did cleavage become the hottest accessory on TV news?

Sunday, November 19, 2006      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Where The Children No Longer Dance
Did the children of Darfur stop dancing when they lost hope? Or did they lose hope when they could no longer dance?

Tuesday, October 31, 2006      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
An Open Letter to Barack Obama:
(8 comments) All men may be created equal, but not all men have equal rights.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Hope in a Sea of Gray
Color emerges from a Cape Town shanty.

Monday, September 18, 2006      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR PEOPLE TO CARE?
Rare 100-Foot Tsunami Hits Land-locked Sudan - Inland Wave Swallows Hundreds of Thousands in Darfur, Washes Away Entire Villages - Millions Displaced. It appears as though the word genocide doesn't hold as much water as it once did.

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