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 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Looking out my back door: The soap operas and a day in my life

The Guiding Light: While weather in Havre continues to be erratic, after weeks of Mazatlan perfection, Summer arrived. Each day is hot. Mucho calor. My little apartment stays reasonable with a flow...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Looking out my back door: We're back to normal - but what's normal?

After two weeks of active (not normal) social life (nonexistent) with friends from British Columbia and then with my cousin from Sedro Woolley, Washington, and following two nights of long sleeps, my...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 7, 2015

Looking out my back door: This hodge-podge, crazy quilt life that I have

What is life but shifting tidbits of sensory experiences tossed into a basket of scraps? After weeks of stitching together metaphorical pastel scraps, when friends from British Columbia, who dropped...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 30, 2015

Looking out my back door: Getting drunk on the great big everything

Holy Smokeroonies. Saturday late afternoon I sit with a book open in my lap, my eyes in the sky, watching the play of light on the cirrus clouds. Suddenly, an apparition. Kathy and Richard stand at...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 23, 2015

Looking out my back door: Voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land

Even Solomon knew we need to hear a familiar voice from time to time. And what could be more familiar than the mournful Coo-OOO-oo-oo-oo of the bird that in our country is called the mourning dove....

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 16, 2015

Looking out my back door: The last mechanical clock in the whole USA

Just when life in my neighborhood returned to normal: 8,000 motorcycles roared out of town. 50,000 tourists followed. Lingering snowbirds flew north. An unexpected and welcome rain shower blessed,...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 9, 2015

Looking out my back door: Mexican-American Graffiti - during Holy Week

I never know. I never know what each day might bring. I think I do. I’m always wrong. Back when my children were youngsters, I used to pray, literally pray, for a boring day, just one boring day,...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 2, 2015

Looking out my back door: Upstairs, downstairs, balance on the bannister

Like anyone, I have my “up” days and my “down” days. But, really, it is all about keeping life in perspective and finding balance. Take today, for instance. I leave the house for my morning...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 26, 2015

Se bilingue - I speak food in different languages

In the months I have been in Mazatlan, I have collected referrals for several ways to enhance my poor command of Spanish. But all seem to be formal classes. No thank you. If small children point and...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 19, 2015

Crooning the homesick blues for Montana

I woke up homesick. I want real weather, I said to myself. I’ll take any distraction to keep myself from dealing with the deeper problem. Weather, indeed. Tip of my iceberg. Winter’s never been...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 5, 2015

Looking Out My Backdoor: Saga of sexy sunglasses

Ai-yi-yi! I don’t know what to do. One minute I’m happily married, the next minute I’m headed for divorce court. You know how I’ve been purging drawers and cabinets, throwing away useless,...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 26, 2015

In my next life, I would love to have hair

Recovery from surgery has multi-faceted aspects. In my considered opinion, most aspects don’t bear the attention we tend to give them. The grim reality is that we get to go through the discomforts,...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 19, 2015

A look at Carnival, the Mardi Gras of Mazatlan

The 117th annual Carnaval. This year the theme is Los Suenos del Rey Momo — the Dreams of the King. Momo — a mythological Greek god who wore masks of satire, mockery and censure, the god of...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 12, 2015

My motto: All dreams fall from the same sky

Upbeat. Uplifting. Positive. I like to fill my weekly articles with humor and hope. Re-read the title, an ancient Hopi expression. That’s all the hope I have to give you. This is my second week...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 5, 2015

I Left My Hip in Sinnn-a-lo-a

With a bit of lyrical jiggling, I could write a new hit song. OK. So I’m not Tony Bennett. OK. So not all my good ideas work. I’m happy to be back in my casa. My bionic knee, Ruth, acquired in...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 29, 2015

Looking Out My Backdoor - A hip bionic woman is getting a tire change

Holy Smokies. I never know which way the ball will bounce when I get up in the morning. Hey, keeps me on my toes. When I saw my x-ray, I knew I’d soon have to go under the knife, become more bionic...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 22, 2015

In Seattle, Harlem, Mexico: Getting to know you

When I moved from Montana to the Seattle area in 1984, not my first relocation by any means, I knew it would take a while to develop friendships. Two years later, coffee outings with a couple of women...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 15, 2015

Longing for one of those rough Montana winters

Hi John, I understand the weather is a bit on the rough and tough up there. I’ll not talk about the weather down here. Hello Sondra, That’s what a little time in Mexico does to you. You’ve lost...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Resolved: I will eat more chocolate in 2015

Against my better judgment, I made a New Year’s resolution. There’s a first time for everything. To me, New Year’s resolutions are nothing more than tongues flapping empty air. No matter how...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 31, 2014

Gifts of Christmas past: Traditions change with moves

For years I have had fun devising unusual “Charlie Brown” Christmas trees. My last several years in Washington, I used a gigantic Montana tumbleweed for my tree, carefully boxing it up for...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 24, 2014

Tidings of comfort and joy

For two weeks the words of that Christmas song floated through my mind. The chorus won’t leave me alone. Think about it. The whole thing is a strange set up. First angels show up. Then they say,...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 18, 2014

The process of finding my inner pole dancer

Dance is different things to different people. To some, dance is pure joy of movement. To someone else, it is forbidden sin. Dance is exercise, artistic expression, communication, a route to seduction...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 11, 2014

Dear Miss Manners and other stories about Mexico

Know thyself. I am the first to tell you that I am selfish and self-centered to an uncomfortable degree. I would take a melon scooper and remove those traits if that were possible. I don’t have impe...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 4, 2014

3-week Evelynda with lady from that other Harlem

We met in Mazatlan several years ago. Evelyn is also from Harlem — not Montana — the Harlem in that Big City eastern seaboard state. A world traveler, Evelyn takes trips every year to different...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving in Mazatlan - it's a lot more than a word

There is a man who sits on a low trolley at a certain intersection roadway along the Malecon, a broad walk next to the seawall which runs about six miles around the harbor. I suppose one might call...

 

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