Stories about Life

Stories about Life

Kristine Ellingson tells her stories about life in Tales from the Yucatan Jungle. She describes how she needs to get away after a devastating marriage breakup, but she doesn’t lose heart. … Continue reading

Cooking in a Mayan House

Cooking in a Mayan House

Kristine Ellingson learned cooking in a Mayan house during her marriage to a Mayan man and living in a Mayan village for over 20 years. In the video below, Kristine describes the traditional cooking hut used by her Mayan mother-in-law, Carmen, also explaining Carmen’s method of cooking in a Mayan house.  … Continue reading

The Reincarnation Lady Speaks Out about Prejudice

The Reincarnation Lady speaks out about prejudice: Who are we to say anything about anyone else, when likely we have been just like that person in a previous lifetime. Today, I … Continue reading

Life in a Mayan Village Video

Life in a Mayan Village

The video above gives a glimpse into the story of Tales from the Yucatan Jungle: Life in a Mayan Village. It’s a book that brings two worlds together and shares glimpses into a sacred, rich Mayan way of life. Author Kristine Ellingson has been married now for over 20 years to a Mayan man. At the same time, she’s been living with him in a Mayan village. She shares her real life stories of love, pain, loss, and learning. Through her experiences, she discovers that taking a leap of faith can lead to a fuller and more adventurous life. From having … Continue reading

10 Best Places to Visit in Yucatan Peninsula

10 Best Places to Visit in Yucatan

Ten best places to visit in Yucatan include places for swimming, snorkeling, shopping, Mayan ruins, colonial cities, bird-watching, crocodile feeding and pyramid climbing, plus the famous Cristo Negro or Black Christ in a gorgeous yellow-painted Colonial convent. … Continue reading

Tales from the Yucatan Jungle Book Trailer

Tales from the Yucatan Jungle

Tales from the Yucatan Jungle describes an American woman’s experiences when she leaves everything to live in a Mayan village. The book trailer, above, shows Kristine Ellingson’s transformation from a high-end jewelry designer in the U.S. to the wife of a Mayan man in Yucatan. She leaves everything for love. Where would you go if you needed to get away from it all? What would happen if you never came back? Your life would change forever as it does for Kristine Ellingson in Mexico. In addition, the video shows some of the difficulties she encounters and writes about in Tales from the … Continue reading

Higglety Pigglety Pop Video

Higglety Pigglety Pop Video

This Higglety Pigglety Pop Video brings visuals to Maurice Sendak’s delightful story of the little dog, Jennie. In this case, Meryl Streep provides the voice of Jennie. Puppets provide the characters. I don’t know which version I like best. This one, with the enchanting scenery and characters, or the audio version of the previous post. Perhaps, the audio triumphs, because you can see the story in your own mind. Often the story in your mind develops characters and scenarios better than someone else’s rendition. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this video and think you’ll like it too. It has an English sound track … Continue reading

There Must Be More to Life

There Must be More to Life

“There must be more to life than having everything,” says Jennie, a discontented Sealyham terrier. So, she leaves home carrying her black leather bag with the gold buckles. She discovers that even though she has everything, she’s missing Experience. Unfortunately, she needs Experience in order to fulfill her aspiration of being the leading lady in the World’s Mother Goose Theater. And so begins her trek to find Experience, a word she doesn’t even comprehend, “Never heard of it.” Although Maurice Sendak’s Higglety Pigglety Pop or There Must Be More to Life is considered a children’s story, I fell in love with it–specifically the recording of Tammy … Continue reading

To be Thankful for so many things in our lives

to be thankful

There’s so much to be thankful for. I like this video, because it reminds me of those many things there are to be thankful for. I find that on those days when things don’t work out, or I’m not feeling well, or I’m surrounded by grumpy, pushy people, it really helps to think about those things in my life to be thankful for.   … Continue reading

Yucatan Peninsula EXPAT MEMOIR

Yucatan Peninsula Expat Memoir

Do Yucatan Peninsula expats enjoy living out of the U.S.? How do Americans living in Yucatan fare? Kristine Ellingson describes 21 delightful and challenging years in a Mayan village married to a Mayan man in her Yucatan Peninsula expat memoir, Tales from the Yucatan Jungle. In this video, she explains some of what she’s learned about the Mayan people from personal experience. … Continue reading