Originally from Wisconsin, I now
have been living in Mexico City for 6 years. Something drew me
here. Something draws us all to other places. And always there is
something in these places that shows us something about ourselves.
Witnessing the massive protests from immigrants, many of whom are
Mexicans, I felt a deep sense of joy--pride in the hearts of those
who decided, essentially, that they would prefer to die on their
feet than to live on their knees.
The truth is there is no such
thing as “you are either with us or against us.” That's a myth.
Show me the line where each of us is separate from anyone else, or
anything else. It doesn't exist, except in the limitations we
choose to impose inside our brains.
Like Chief Seattle says, the
water in a river is the same water inside us is the same water
inside a tree. There are no separations, only concentrations of
difference. And heart.
The stories in this collection,
for me, touch the heart. And they cross borders in a variety of
ways, showing us something valuable in the reflection upon our
neighbors directly to the South.
received his Doctorate in Creative Writing from the Center for
Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has published
a variety of things in a variety of places, does music for film, and
teaches in Mexico City.