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 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,... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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,... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    November 20, 2014

The story of a typical day in the neighborhood

Take the other day, a typical day, as typical as any day can be when home base is a beach resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico. We’d eaten tropical fruit and sweet rolls, in a café overlooking... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    November 13, 2014

Music - even the Doors - knows no borders

Kathy and I peeled ourselves out from under the palapa on the beach, changed into street clothing and took a pulmonia down to the Plazuela Machado. We had two things in mind. We like to experience... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton Local columnist    Opinion    November 6, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: My lessons in living the Zen way - with panic

My friend Kathy and I lounged on the beach, mindlessly watching the waves roll in. Tide was high so the waves were literally underfoot. We each had a book open but upended on our laps. “I love it the way my mind goes empty while I’m on the beach... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    October 30, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: Colors for the walls - there's more than white

Every house or apartment I have ever moved into had white rooms. Oh, I just remembered, that’s not totally true. One was shades of putrid pink. Sooner or later, I transformed every wall in every... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton Local columnist    Opinion    October 23, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: Wild women on their holiday - fun galore

My friend Kathy from British Columbia flew in this week. For the next three weeks I will be with Kathy on holiday, staying up the street six blocks from where I have my apartment, at the El Cid Resort. Evelyn from Harlem in New York City will join... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton Local columnist    Opinion    September 25, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: When I grow up, what will I be

In a note to a friend I mentioned that I have lived my life in chunks. The years on the ranch. Years raising my children. Years re-covering furniture. Years in theater. Years in city government. Those sorts of chunks. Some chunks overlap. Some... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Vagaries of wind and weather

Egads! Another hurricane. Last week Hurricane Norberto blew past, waved “hello” and left unwelcome gifts of havoc. This week, Hurricane Odile, not to be left behind, followed the same path.... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 11, 2014

Looking Out My Backdoor: Letters home about rain, floods and water

Dear Richard, Across the street the sewer main sprung a vicious leak. Nasty, smelly water is burbling up, sending a gray putrid pool down the street my way. The break is right on the corner of Calle del Pulpo and Tiberon. Actually, I don't know... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 4, 2014

Kicking, and embracing, the e-world with panic

Drag me kicking and screaming to the latest electronic devices and I obviously want nothing to do with them. My cellphone — the dumbest one I can find — is smarter than I am, and has functions I... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    August 21, 2014

Choices we make and second-guess later

Actually, there is no “we.” I am the one wondering if I lost my last wing nut. I’m down in the dumps, crawling along the bottom of the pit, rolling in slime and garbage. Well, it sort of feels... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    August 14, 2014

Hometown county fair, Anywhere, USA

I attended the Dawson County Fair with my daughter Dee Dee and her family. It was touch and go whether there would even be a Saturday night rodeo. Black clouds had rolled in, covering the sky,... Full story


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