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  • Jack McGarveyNothing much to say, other than that I'm a "gringo" who loves living here in this sweet, safe, bi-cultural paradise.
    • City Rio Rico
    • State Arizona
    • Country USA

Articles by Jack McGarvey

A meandering trip in Sonora brings back memories of my Pennsylvania boyhood A meandering trip in Sonora brings back memories of my Pennsylvania boyhood Voces&Blogs Oct 11th Jack McGarvey I now know why I enjoy taking trips into rural Sonora in Mexico. It’s because those sweet trips remind me of my growing up in a rural western Pennsylvania town. I love reading maps, and when I spotted Ortiz, Sonora as a small, obviously......Read More
A tale of friendship found and lost while looking for asparagus in Nogales A tale of friendship found and lost while looking for asparagus in Nogales Featured Aug 23rd Jack McGarvey NOGALES, Az. – I drove across the border from Nogales, Arizona this past April looking for the fresh-cut, thinned-stemmed asparagus spears you can only get there. Having long ago made a personal rule to spend only pesos while in......Read More
Humanity vs. legalism – a first encounter with ‘illegals’ on the U.S.-Mexico border Humanity vs. legalism – a first encounter with ‘illegals’ on the U.S.-Mexico border Featured Aug 9th Jack McGarvey SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Arizona  – As an emigrant from New England to Arizona 15 years ago, my first encounter with “illegals” occurred near sunset on November 19, 1997 as an autumn chill settled in. Two teenagers suddenly appeared......Read More
Sheriff Joe Arpaio on trial Humanity vs. legalism – a first encounter with ‘illegals’ on the U.S.-Mexico border Voces&Blogs Jul 19th Jack McGarvey RIO RICO, Ariz. – When I was a little boy living in a small town in western Pennsylvania, it was the Italians that were disliked and discriminated against. They were the people that had darker skin, large families, spoke with accents,......Read More
A gringo’s tale of two Walmarts Humanity vs. legalism – a first encounter with ‘illegals’ on the U.S.-Mexico border Voces&Blogs Oct 20th Jack McGarvey I have a “gringo” friend here in Rio Rico, Arizona, a town where we both settled to live, which is virtually atop of the United States of America’s border with México. She recently emailed me, “It’s more fun having Latinos......Read More
A gringo traveling in beautiful rural Sonora A gringo traveling in beautiful rural Sonora Featured Aug 26th Jack McGarvey In mid-March, I drove south from Rio Rico, Arizona to explore rural Sonora, something I’ve done many times. As spring approached, the pull of this beautiful place had become irresistible. That’s because I kept wondering......Read More
The Border Patrol plays sleight-of-hand with the cost of capturing immigrants A gringo traveling in beautiful rural Sonora Voces&Blogs May 26th Jack McGarvey I live in Rio Rico, Arizona, which is about 16 miles north of the USA’s border with Mexico. Where, recently, on a sunny Sunday morning during a walk with my dogs in the usually tranquil Santa Cruz River Valley below my home,......Read More
The shopping cart wars A gringo traveling in beautiful rural Sonora Voces&Blogs Oct 28th Jack McGarvey RIO RICO, Ariz. — I keep hearing complaints from some of my Rio Rico, Arizona “gringo” friends and neighbors when they drive the 15 miles south to shop the Nogales, Arizona Wal-Mart “big box” store. That’s a store that......Read More
Making ends meet in Nogales on $1 an hour A gringo traveling in beautiful rural Sonora Voces&Blogs Sep 9th Jack McGarvey RIO RICO, Ariz. — When I returned to my Rio Rico, Arizona home from a second visit to my dentist who works twenty minutes away in Nogales, Sonora, I reflected on what a fine dentist Dr. Emilia Sáenz is. But her assistant, José,......Read More
Don’t miss the fun of driving Mexico! A gringo traveling in beautiful rural Sonora Voces&Blogs Aug 12th Jack McGarvey RIO RICO, Ariz. — A couple of years back, I headed off on a 1,200 mile November trip to Michoacán, whereupon I had a minor accident near Imuris that caused what seemed to be minor damage to my car, a normally sturdy Honda CR-V. (But,......Read More