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In the north things tumbled toward chaos so regularly that here people took ease ignoring northern craziness  

Just before the crowded, over-loaded days of Pascua, both local Mexicans and northern residents here reluctantly noted the United States’ political embrollo tumble toward numerical chaos.  The cluster of U.S. candidates for president shrunk.  Now chiefly centering on two/three candidates for each party, instead of vast stages crowded with accusatory dreamers.  While that was welcome to many rational minds, this change seemed to bring no profound intellectual clarity or emotional charity with it. 

Strange work for parents, children: Growing up in ‘60s where firearms were a part of Mexican rural apparel

When Lena Curiel’s kidnapped young mother, Chela, was found, it was said she refused to come home.  Several members of the extended Curiel family, plus three armed family friends, were sent to bring the stolen young mother home. They were led by the family doctor and a bruja. (In the 1960s, brujos, male and female, rural and city, were popular.)   

Ten-year-old precocious girl faces evil as her ‘unknown’ mother is a victim of hard-to-understand hate

Last week’s column here snagged some readers’ curiosity.  Campesino vocabulary –1950s, ‘60s – changed a lot, courtesy of U.S. war vets.  They migrated to Mexico, bringing a fresh Spanish vocabulary to rural Mexico.  Example: Lysander Kemp’s essay regarding Jocotepec/Nextipac appeared in Issue Six, 1955, of the much applauded “Discovery” literary magazine.  Kemp also was the unparalleled translator of Octavio Paz’s ground-breaking biography of Mexico, “The Labyrinth of Solitude.”  Meanwhile …