Felipe Zapata is a nom de plume.

After working 30 years as a newspaper copy editor (New Orleans, Puerto Rico and Houston), I retired at 55 in December 1999, discarded all my possessions, packed two suitcases the next month, and flew to Mexico alone.

I knew no one and spoke no Spanish. I had done little planning, only that I would be attending a language school.

I have since married (2002, third time’s the charm), built a big home painted red (2003) on the outskirts of a Colonial town high in the Sierra, become a Mexican citizen (2005), and learned pretty good español.

I write about my life in Mexico, plus political and cultural issues unrelated to Mexico. On occasion, I write fiction, but as time passes — and I age — I find myself doing less of that.

You’ll find the best of my work at The Pearls of Zapataone of my sister websites. Some brief stories pleased me so much that I gave them their own websites:

Dark Girl in the Blue Dress.

Last Night of the Iguana.

Not fiction, but fascinating, is the epic, which was serialized in a Texas newspaper, of our 2012 anniversary trip to:

Cuba: A Communist Hellhole.

I am politically conservative with no church element, which is to say sort of a libertarian, a classic liberal if you will.

Not the contemporary, intolerant, mislabeled “liberal/progressive.”

In spite of not being Christian, I heartily support the Judeo-Christian tradition of the West. Were I to embrace an organized religion for myself, it would be Buddhism.

I vociferously oppose the glorification and promotion of multiculturalism — pushed by the naive but which often leads to mayhem and murder — the evil of political correctness, and people who worship Mohammad.

Hooray for Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East and where women walk free, happy and armed.

I support drug legalization for adults, very-early-term abortion rights and euthanasia for whomever wants it.

I view these as conservative stances.

And, of course, the standard stuff: strong military, minimal taxes, equality of opportunity (not results), free-market capitalism. border control and butt-out government.

Black-and-white photography is a hobby, and you’ll find a link on the main page in Bookmarks where it says Felipe’s Photo Art. Take a look.

This website is fact, fiction and opinion stirred in an odd pot. It debuted in 2011, replacing the wildly popular, now-offline Zapata Tales, which debuted in 2005. The name The Unseen Moon was inspired by the last paragraph of a short yarn I wrote years ago titled The Old Wolf.

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Tidbit: The real Felipe Zapata was the son of Revolutionary Gen. Emiliano Zapata. Little Felipe died at the age of 5 from a snake bite. And his daddy died at the age of 39 from gunfire.

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