The authors of Our Yucatan have started a new chapter of their lives in Mérida, capital city of Yucatan. Their experiences led to this group project, which became Hamaca Press’ first project. So who are they?
Maryetta Ackenbom: Though she’s called many countries home, fifteen of the best years of Maryetta’s life have been right here in Colonia Itzimna, Merida. Why? Because retirement has given her time to ponder, and to write, and Merida has been her inspiration. Maryetta was appointed editor of this book. An enormous amount of help from other group members helped her assemble it.
Lorraine Baillie Bowie, PhD: Rainie, author and noted sex and relationship therapist, writes about the human condition. Living ’round the corner from the legendary Merida English Library provides her with a never-ending parade of diverse characters with outrageous but true stories that have to be fictionalized to be believed. Author of Win At Love! 5 Hidden Forces To Make It Happen, Rainie is also the creator of a popular relationship blog.
Lorna-Gail Dallin:A highlight of her writing life came to her recently when she clued into the fact that she has been writing all her life and not just since she “retired.” Through her several careers she has written advertising copy, promotional copy, exhortation copy, minutes of meetings, annual reports, mission statements, grants, proposals, newsletters, love letters, and letters home.
Theresa Díaz Gray: No one was more surprised than Theresa to find herself living in a major Mexican city when her dream had always been to own a small farm in northern California where she could bake her daily bread, grow vegetables, and be creative. She authored the gardening chapter in the second edition of Living in Merida (Merida Verde A.C.) and is writing a book about food. Online, find her answer to “¿What do I do all day?”
Marianne Kehoe: Marianne moved to Merida with her husband and cat in 2007 to enhance the phase of their lives that she calls “redirection.” Her poems, written for everyman, are part of a collection, Sidewalk Symphony, being bilingually published by Yucatan’s Cultural Institute.
Gwen Lane: Gwen is a California native who now calls Yucatan home. She is working on Triplet Tales, her adventures of loving and living with triplets.
Patricia Mathisen: Patricia is a recent escapee from the bureaucracy of an international finance organization in Washington, D.C., who finds living in Merida to be a daily gift of learning, adventure, and pure pleasure.
Cherie Pittillo: Wildlife/travel photographer Cherie is published in books and magazines. Her MA in biology underscores her love for the outdoors. She marvels at the outside inside Merida . . . and beyond.
Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado: Joanna moved from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Merida in 1976. There, she and her husband Jorge raised their family and founded a college. Her book, Magic Made in Mexico, was published by Editorial Mazatlan in 2010, and her novel, Amalia—A love story set in México will soon be released. In her blog, she shares anecdotes about writing and intercultural living.