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, tossed all my stuff, packed two bags the next month, and flew to Mexico alone.
I knew no one and spoke no Spanish. Plus, I had done little planning, only that I would be attending a language school.
I have since married (third time’s the charm), become a Mexican citizen, built a big home painted red on the outskirts of a Colonial town high in the Sierra and learned pretty good español.
Though I write about Mexico, I prefer other topics, primarily political and cultural issues from a common-sense perspective.
I am politically conservative with no church element, which is to say a sort of libertarian.
In spite of that, I heartily support the Judeo-Christian tradition of the Western world. Were I to embrace an organized religion for myself, it would be Buddhism.
I support drug legalization for adults, early-term abortion rights and euthanasia for whomever wants it.
I view these as conservative stances.
This website is fact, fiction and opinion stirred in an odd pot.
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Tidbit: The real Felipe Zapata was the son of 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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