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Applying for Social Security Online from Mexico star
As an expatriate living in Mexico, one has three methodological options in applying for Social Security retirement benefits. Since November 2011, one of those options has been applying online. Am I ever glad that I chose to do so online from the convenience of our home!

Mexican Stereotypes of the U.S.A. star
There are many stereotypes that U.S. citizens hold regarding Mexico and its people. Similarly, yet not so similarly, their "distant neighbors" south of the border have numerous stereotypes that they postulate regarding the U.S.A. and its residents; here are the most salient of those stereotypes.

Around and About Mexico Newsletter Sign-up star
Want to know more about Mexico? Then, please sign-up for the Mexico free weekly newsletter! The newsletter will inform you what the most current article is and will provide you with a convenient way to access it.

Glossary of Spanish-English False Cognates star
True cognates have allowed me to survive in Mexico, kind-of-sort-of, without really knowing the Spanish language. However, not all cognates are my amigos as some are false. For clarification sake, this article provides a glossary of many false cognates that could be confusing if you are in Mexico.

Mexican Stereotypes star
In the Mexico site forum one of the topics is "Mexico Stereotypes-True and False" in which readers are asked to respond with their stereotypical impressions of the country and its people. I compiled those responses and here are the results. What stereotypes of Mexico do you have?

Mexico's Currency Explained star
While the U.S.'s currency system is one of dollars and cents, Mexico's is one of pesos and centavos. Overall, I find Mexico's to be easier to understand and to use, thus more user friendly even for a decidedly non-Spanish fluent expatriate. Hopefully after reading this article, so will you!

Mexico's Littering and Garbage Problem star
The places in Mexico that are virtually litter free are the vast exceptions. Rather, it can be accurately maintained that much of the country's landscape, both rural and urban, is thoughtlessly littered, if not strewn with basura/garbage. It need not be the case!

Quizzes Around and About Mexico at BellaOnline star
Reflecting Mexico's diversity, currently there are six educational and, hopefully, informative, interesting and fun quizzes about Mexico at BellaOnline. Please come and explore the opportunities that are available to gently test your knowledge of what Mexico is all about, mas o menos.

Writing About Mexico With Integrity star
In writing about Mexico as the editor of BellaOnline's Mexico site, I have developed and implemented my own personalized "mission statement" based on my values, principles, beliefs, interests, causes, and agendas. ALWAYS WRITE WITH INTEGRITY!

Writing About What I'd Like to Know About Mexico star
Some people believe that it is best to write about what you know. However, in writing (hopefully) informative and entertaining articles about the people, places, and things of Mexico, I am discovering that it is best to write about topics that I have a desire to learn more about.

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