Archive for January, 2014


Costa Rican Candy

Sometimes we travel for adventure, and sometimes we travel to relax.  This month we were definitely doing the latter on a wonderful cruise to the Panama Canal. And when we set out to relax, we know we’re better off taking tours than trying to read maps, communicate with our limited other-than-English speaking skills, and catch […]

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A Day With the Embera

Less than three weeks ago I was riding in a dug-out canoe on a river in Panama, making my way to this beautiful little village. It seems more like months ago.  When you come back to work, throwing yourself back into the efforts and concerns of your regular life, special places like this seem so […]

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Caribbean Coffee Cup

  I have a new coffee cup.  Those who follow my tales know that I’m not a shopper, and when I travel I’m not a souvenir buyer.  Something really has to speak to me before I’ll take it from a shelf for purchase.  And if it does, it’s typically in the shape of a coffee […]

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Beyond the Sea

 This new year… I cruised into it, literally.  I stared at the endless blue sea and thought of my connections to the ocean. If you have parents who will spend summer vacations driving across a vast continent so you can see the Gulf, the Atlantic and the Pacific, you are one lucky little girl.  Just […]

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Choices

Choices made, down through the ages, shaping our cultures, changing our lives – these thoughts float through my mind as I sail along on the blue water of the Caribbean. Our huge ship makes an unexpected early morning stop way off the coast of Cuba, and our captain announces that we’re aiding a vessel in […]

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I Want to Crochet

Public declarations.  That’s how I get things accomplished. Accountability is very high on my list.  If I say I’m going to do something, I will truly strive to keep my word.  And so, with a bit of trepidation, I announce to the world that I want to learn to crochet this year. It seems to […]

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Greeting a New Year

  Farewell, 2013.  You have been a good year.  We will remember the showers of blessings.  We will be thankful for the days we were healthy, full of energy and life.  We will keep the memories of children laughing, hitting home runs, marveling over new born kittens. Goodbye, 2013.   There are days of grief marked […]

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