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Jan Baumgartner is the author of the memoir, Moonlight in the Desert of Left Behind. She was born near San Francisco, California, and for years lived on the coast of Maine. She is a writer and creative content book editor. She's 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, comedy writer for live performance at Herbst Theater in S.F., and as a travel writer for The New York Times. Her work has been published online and in print, both nationally and abroad, ranging in such diverse topics as wildlife and nature, travel, humor/satire, Africa, and essays about her experience as a full time caregiver for her terminally ill husband. Her travel articles on Mexico have been widely published; two are included in anthologies. Since her husband's death", and following her passion for world travel, she has made solo trips to France, Italy, Mexico, the Bahamas, Turkey, Kenya and South Africa. She makes her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, December 29, 2006 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.
(18 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 11, 2009 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 12, 2013 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.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 2, 2013 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 18, 2009 The Beard
Miscommunication between Venus and Mars.
SHARE Sunday, December 17, 2006 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?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 13, 2007 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
SHARE Friday, January 5, 2007 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)
SHARE Monday, September 18, 2006 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.
SHARE Wednesday, September 13, 2006 International Day of Peace
Many events took place in September of 2001, one of which brought a collective voice of promise in a world otherwise overwhelmed with tragedy.