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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 published in two anthologies, including Solamente en San Miguel Volume II (Parroquia Press, November 2010) available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Powells.com. 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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Image created from image crediting Friday, March 6, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Glimmer of Hope After Arson Fires Destroy 35K Acres at Gallmann Africa Conservancy Amidst thousands of acres of scorched earth, Gallmann manages to find a glimmer of hope and determination to keep Ol ari Nyiro a refuge for research, education, community, and a safe habitat for all things precious and wild.
Series: Conservation/environment (2 Articles, 2458 views), Gallman Africa Conservancy (2 Articles, 2458 views)

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Arson Destroys 35K Acres of Biodiversity at the Gallmann Africa Conservancy in N. Kenya Last week, over 35,000 acres of prime biodiversity, home to myriad rare and endangered species, was scorched by a series of deliberately set fires. The destruction included Eng'elecha Forest, the only remaining forest in the Laikipia region of Kenya. This singular habitat loss and staggering demise of all living things that made this oasis home, is immeasurable.
Series: Conservation/environment (2 Articles, 2458 views), Gallman Africa Conservancy (2 Articles, 2458 views)

Jasmine Friday, April 12, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Juan Roberto's Garden 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.

//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mirador_el_Estribo%2C_P%C3%A1tzcuaro_Michoac%C3%A1n.jpg: Saturday, March 2, 2013 (10 comments)     

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Caged Birds of Patzcuaro 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.

Replace Insecure http://beardcoach.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/snowjob.jpg Wednesday, November 18, 2009 (5 comments)     

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The Beard Miscommunication between Venus and Mars.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 (4 comments)     

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The Heart is a Fickle Little Muscle And the beat goes on...

Monday, July 27, 2009 (6 comments)     

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Outing Montezuma From the Fiction Pool ~ A Story from a Faraway Mountain Village

Saturday, May 2, 2009 (21 comments)     

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Rumors, Speculation and Fear: San Miguel de Allende Copes with the Spread of Media-Fueled Alarm, Not H1N1 Virus Reported from San Miguel de Allende, State of Guanajuato, Mexico

Saturday, April 11, 2009 (18 comments)     

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The Sweet Low Down - Mexico Way 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 (13 comments)     

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Lupita Checking Out: Day of the Dead & The Scorpion Queen A fictional story from Mexico

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 (12 comments)     

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Regarding Mexico: Biased News, Half-Truths and Fear Mongering Fuel Paranoia of All Things South of the Border Violent crime in Mexico is not rampant, and by some measures it is less prevalent than in the U.S.

Muhammad Khurshid Monday, March 16, 2009 (14 comments)     

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OEN Pakistan Correspondent Muhammad Khurshid Cries for Help: Home Reduced to Rubble as Threats of Death Continue 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 (14 comments)     

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Gone Coastal: From Guadalajara To Barra With No Reservations Reflections of a Barefoot Wanderer

Saturday, December 27, 2008 (13 comments)     

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Mexican Milagros 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 (7 comments)     

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Maine to Mexico: A funeral procession, a pick-up, a pink pinata, and pastel de chocolate

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 (12 comments)     

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Tamales and Tacos and Beers, Oh My! Grabbing the Bull by the Horns: Eating well in San Miguel ~ For Less

Friday, August 15, 2008 (20 comments)     

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OEN Colleague Muhammad Khurshid Safe in Peshawar 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 (19 comments)     

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OEN Colleague Muhammad Khurshid Fields Threats Against His Life

Friday, July 4, 2008     

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GORILLA MURDERS Press Release by Friends of the Congo

Friday, June 27, 2008 (4 comments)     

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The Last Night "Somewhere the Sky touches the Earth, and the name of that place is the End." African saying (Wakamba)

Thursday, June 26, 2008 (16 comments)     

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In the Blink of an Eye Life, death, and the final days of struggle with ALS.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 (4 comments)     

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The Morning Before

Friday, June 20, 2008 (16 comments)     

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Death of a Monarch Not all complete the journey home no matter how valiant the effort.

Friday, June 6, 2008 (16 comments)     

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In Memoriam: When It Is Time To Go The death of a man and the rebirth of a heart and hope.

Friday, May 16, 2008 (17 comments)     

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Passing Through The reaffirmation of life in a Mexican village.

Monday, April 21, 2008 (13 comments)     

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Outsourcing Dating And now for something completely different: The politically incorrect side to dating.

Sunday, March 9, 2008 (18 comments)     

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A Day In Mexico Seizing the day while embracing tomorrow

Thursday, February 14, 2008 (16 comments)     

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Children of the Sun: Refuge in Colonial Mexico; the Girls of Casa Hogar Don Bosco

Saturday, February 9, 2008 (5 comments)     

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Giants of the Bushveld short fiction

Sunday, January 20, 2008     

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Hillary Suffers Minor Scrapes and Bruises After Non-Stop Propelling

Friday, December 7, 2007 (16 comments)     

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Second Chances: Former Death Row Inmate, Kenneth Foster Jr., Breathes New Life and Hope Through Poetry 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 (5 comments)     

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Same Sun and Moon: My guide through the African bush In honor of World AIDS Day, December 1, and remembrance of all those loved and lost.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 (10 comments)     

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The First Lesson From my grandmother's kitchen table, lessons in life and apple strudel.

Monday, November 19, 2007 (2 comments)     

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small traumas silent wails from dried rivers

Thursday, October 11, 2007 (2 comments)     

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In Baseball You Wear a Cap

Saturday, August 25, 2007 (3 comments)     

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The Bear Necessities One of the last true symbols of a disappearing wilderness makes an unexpected and welcome visit.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 (2 comments)     

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Exxon Mobil Corporation Bullies Widow Over Inheritance of a Few Hundred Dollars

Saturday, August 11, 2007 (6 comments)     

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From Behind Glass: Death Row Inmate Kenneth Foster and Daughter, Nydesha 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 (7 comments)     

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"Law of Parties" No celebrating here. If you're present, and someone gets killed, your "party" becomes a date with execution

Monday, July 16, 2007 (4 comments)     

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A Confederacy of Hypocrites -- Troy Anthony Davis: Dead Man Walking Troy Anthony Davis, 38, is scheduled to be executed tomorrow for the murder of a Savannah police officer.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Don't Drink the Water 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     

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The Amateur Birder You too can be a real amateur ornithologist!

Saturday, May 12, 2007 (3 comments)     

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Of Hummingbirds and Osprey The small gifts in life are often the greatest treasures. When life overwhelms, solace patiently awaits, right outside your door

Saturday, April 14, 2007 (1 comments)     

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From Imus to Africa: Racism Here, There, Everywhere 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 (1 comments)     

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RIP Al-Jazeerah.info January 2002-April 2007: Progressive Website "Knocked Off" - Who's Next? Another casualty of the erosion of our First Amendment Rights and Freedom of Speech

Wednesday, February 28, 2007     

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Reflections - Part 6 Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Monday, February 26, 2007     

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An Adventure in the Mukutan Gorge - Part 5 Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Sunday, February 25, 2007     

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Tracking an Injured Elephant - Part 4 Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Saturday, February 24, 2007     

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A Promise Kept - Part 3 Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Thursday, February 22, 2007     

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Solitary Confinement - Part 1 Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily.

Thursday, February 22, 2007     

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When it is Time to Go - Part 2 Excerpts from the memoir, In the Heart of the Lily

Monday, February 19, 2007     

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Wining and Dining in South Africa's Cape Winelands: Or, Spitting with the Big Boys - The Travails of Wine Tasting

Thursday, February 8, 2007     

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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     

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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 (6 comments)     

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The Hanging of Saddam Hussein 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     

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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     

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ALS and Stem Cell Research A personal story of terminal illness, and the possibility of hope.

Saturday, November 25, 2006 (2 comments)     

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Tit for Tat 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     

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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 (8 comments)     

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An Open Letter to Barack Obama: All men may be created equal, but not all men have equal rights.

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