My Town

Two Poetry readings at La Rueda Coffee House in San juan Cosala and of the “Not Yet Dead Poets” at the Old Posada.


Shots from the Raquet Club in San Juan Cosala, where I live.


A small town on a large lake about an hour from a large city. A few hours from the ocean. Lots of flowering trees.  Horses grazing. Mountains in the background.  Birds overhead. Dogs underfoot. People who care planning and maintaining reasonable rules so I don’t have to. A community swimming pool heated by natural hot springs two blocks away.  Lots of music, poetry, art, theater.  Friendly people open to invitation. Nearby geological and archeological features ready to explore.  Lots of secondhand stores. Open plazas with restaurants to sit in and watch others walk by.  Outdoor markets.  Organic markets. Weekly street markets.

A place where people sit on chairs in front of their houses at night to watch their neighbors walk by. An affordable place to live where someone else happy for the job mows my yard and trims my vines and waters my plants. A place where I can afford to hire someone else to clean my house for me while I do art and write.  A community where people are invested in helping others and both give their money and time to support orphanages, schools for kids, old folks homes and to give medical help for those in need.

A place with temperate weather where people smile and say “hola” or “adios” as you pass them on the street.  A place 45 minutes from a major airport where airplanes hardly ever fly over. Cattle. Raspberry fields. Corn fields. Pelicans. Fiestas. Saints Day processions. Dia de los Muertos. Fish restaurants. Taco stands. The best ice cream in the world. Arrechera. Chicken mocojetes verde. Burritos. Flautas. Chiles en Nogada. Rainy season. Virgin of Guadalupe celebrations.

I’ve found my almost perfect society. So why am I traveling elsewhere?  Because there were other idyllic places in my past that are a pleasure to revisit. Because one of the less than idyllic things about the town I’ve lived in for the past 14 years is that so many of my favorite people and relatives do not live there.  So I travel to California and Wyoming and Minnesota and Alabama and Maryland and Missouri and other parts of Mexico, but so far I have always returned home.

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The Prompt: Describe what you consider to be an idyllic community.

13 thoughts on “My Town

  1. Allenda Moriarty

    Loved reading this and seeing your pics. It will always have a home in my heart, as well. In spite of what some people think, it is a very easy place to live. At least, it seemed like a sublimely natural fit for me. Love that you are still living there and can keep the pictures flowing. Have lots of fun on this current visit to the US. You know we always have a place in our hearts for you, too!


  2. dorannrule

    Wow! This looks and sounds like paradise! You have chosen a truly idyllic spot to settle and no wonder you are always happy to go home. I live in Camelot too, with some big differences. Maybe I will try to write this story too. Thanks for sharing. ~Dor 🙂


  3. Shiva Malekopmath

    What a Town !! Judy I envy you!!! Such a nice community to live with. The ambiance I see in the photos is beautiful, is it something like paradise. The best dishes and the top of the world Ice Cremes. Wow !!!
    I would love to live there, may be I would be your neighbor.
    The place you have chosen to live for the rest is ideal. Will you dare to invite me to spend a few holidays, well I will not assure you of my return to my home town.
    Now, who will not want to return home being in such a place.
    Let all rest of the days go happily.


  4. Shiva Malekopmath

    Dear Judy,
    In continuation of my above comment, I want to tell you that I do not have a visa to your country or your town or would I dare to take one. So don’t get scared I would drop at your town or home.
    It is your ability to put forth things in your writing, I just imagined about it only through your post.
    I am happy where I am living and I do not go too far as to not feel that I should not return home.
    Happy Blogging !!!

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