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This video was shot during a day with Edwin, my friend and good doctor in Mexico, who sees patients in a government clinic high up in the hills of Chiapas.  The little town of El Bosque could one of the most beautiful places on earth.  The people are shy, but friendly.  The man in this video said, “Of course you can film, maybe then we’ll get more medicine.”

The roads and infrastructure make this clinic a difficult place to maintain normality.  Edwin has a one hour leeway for the drive each morning.  The fog can hide the hood of the car.  No guard rails.  In the rainy season the roads are rivers.

Edwin told me of a man who’s foot was so swollen with infection that he had to cut it open to find the piece of wood, punctured through it weeks before.  About once a month he delivers a baby, often alongside the customary methods of the village midwife.  She uses homemade medicines when available, Pepsi when they are not.  Tuberculosis is common.  Edwin typically sees twenty patients a day and there is no cost for the care or the medicine.

Edwin's kitchen


In West Virginia, my Aunt Gwinnie can get somebody lost with only three right turns.  You’ll be just ten crow miles from Bluefield and never know it, but mountains are like that.  Edwin put his instruments away and we climbed back down the beanstalk.  The sun unset from its precipice and the forest returned to dark.  I imagine El Bosque saw the last light.  We were over Tuxtla Gutierrez and then falling into it, Edwin on his way home from a day at his job, and me bouncing in the other chair like I’d just discovered the color green.

If you like the video, please feel free to share it.  The song is for free download above at the “Free Music” link, as is the entire EP in mp3s.  My first two EPs are there for free as well, so get them as well.  Please help me spread the word.

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