Drive It? Hug It? Squeeze It?

The iconic VW Bug in stimulating, rejuvenating, enthusiastic orange.  Cover art for the owner’s manual. Das Auto.

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Ted Talk Thursday ~ Those Who Serve

I was thinking for most of the morning about what to post today; most everything seemed trivial.  Anyone who has seen the news knows about the hit-and-run killing of a Canadian soldier and wounding of another in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu , Quebec on Monday.  Yesterday there another violent attack this time in the National Capital, Ottawa.  This senseless act led to the death of another Canadian soldier standing sentry at the National War Memorial.  This time the gunman managed to get into the Parliament buildings before being taken down.

We’ve watched and listened with interest from Panama to the news reports.  This morning our normal CNN International was replaced with the US version and we were able to see CNN Morning Host, Chris Cuomo on the scene for a short time.  I have to confess, I missed the deliberate calmness yesterday of Peter Mansbridge the unflappable CBC News Anchor but Cuomo and Anderson Cooper last night were the closest we were going to get.  SU actually flipped over to FOX No-News-But-Obama-Bashing thinking that we were going to get some information….phhhhffff!

The sad truth is that Canada lost a little of its innocence this week.  As the Prime Minister put it in his speech last night (Canada) “is no longer immune to the kinds of terrorist attacks that we have seen around the world”.  This sparked a discussion between SU and I about whether people who aren’t a part of the military understand “the job”.  Many people consider that being a soldier is just another “career” among many other careers to choose from.  Yes, it is, but it is also so much more for many of the people who serve their country; it’s a way of life.

The video today explains better than I ever could what it’s like to return from combat, even though the speaker is a US soldier.  The first half Wes Moore explains why he joined the military. Pay particular attention to the second half where he explains what “service” means to him and to many others.  I’m sure the soldier/victim in St Jean, who served 28 years in the military never thought that his life would come to and end so violently on home soil.  Or that the young reservist who was killed yesterday thought that by accepting the honor of standing watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier  would lead to his death.   And now I’ll get off my soapbox and let you watch the video…

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Wisdom Wednesday ~ 22/10/2014

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.  ~ Amelia Barr ~

Clouds El Ciruelo



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Two for One ~ Snake Warning

Yes, it’s gross isn’t it?  But is it not fascinating at the same time…in the campo?








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Snapshot Sunday ~ 19/10/2014

We were at our friend’s house when this little deer came wandering into the yard, quite tame and placid.  I hope I never get world-weary enough to not be delighted by such a meek little creature…in the campo.


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Bending Sunlight

Although you may not see the Sunrise every day (especially during those long cold winter months), it is there every morning, 365 days of the year.  Most would think that Sunrise is the instant that the Sun first peeks over the horizon so technically, one can’t see the Sun before we see it. But in reality we do see the Sun when it is just below the horizon at sunrise and sunset. This is because of the refraction of the light from the Sun by the Earth’s atmosphere, it bends the path of the light so that we see the Sun at a point slightly altered from where it really is.  The time difference of the “actual” sun rise and sunset varies, and the closer to the equator you are the bigger the gap in time.

Red, orange and pink clouds happen almost entirely at sunrise and sunset; the sunlight becomes too red due to refraction for any colors other than those with a reddish shade to be seen.   The clouds do not become pink or red; they are reflecting long rays of sunlight, which are common at that time of day.

After a big rainstorm such as the one we had yesterday afternoon we are guaranteed a spectacular sunrise the next morning.  When the clouds linger in the sky the water particles and humidity refract the light creating a beautiful sky…in the campo.




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TED Talk Thursday ~ How to Speed Up Language Learning

As a second language learner myself I find that the talk today expresses some very valid points. The points about learning by using the language, asking people how to say things and relaxing and learning by not being perfect are very relevant to me.  The more you try to use your new language the easier it is to learn.My thanks to my friend Kris, the master language learner over at The Panama Adventure for suggesting todayʹs video.

Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale & Associates, a company created to catalyze advances in performance for people and senior teams. Chris has also established a distinctive and cohesive approach to education that gives people the means to learn language or complex understanding of processes in a short amount of time.


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Help Los Ramos Rebuild ~ Wisdom Wednesday ~ 15/10/2014


Today is Wisdom Wednesday and as you read this posted reblogged from Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua I’d like to quote the Dalai Lama:

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

If you think that you have a few dollars to spend for this worthy cause please do.  And read on:

Originally posted on Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua:

I talked with Ever Potoy today about his lovely community of Los Ramos on Ometepe Island. Because of 5-6 landslides, their community was destroyed. I am sick with worry for this community and I want to help them rebuild.

“Ever, what can we do to help?” I asked.

“We need candles and food,” he responded while on his motorcycle going to get some supplies.

That’s just like these humble, hardworking people to respond with such simple needs.

So, if you can find it within your loving hearts…let’s buy these people lots of candles and food within the next two weeks. Thanks for your help!

Help Los Ramos Rebuild

If you would like to learn more about this amazing community, here is their website.
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Snapshot Sunday ~ 12/10/2014

Ever since they’ve been kittens Dos Gatos have enjoyed hiding under the blankets on our bed.  Here’s the latest of Boomer:



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Dreaming of the South Pacific

One of our favorite places on Earth is the South Pacific, particularly the Cook Islands.  Although we live a mere two kilometers from the closest beach and admittedly SU took this picture of me  one January day, looking at it makes me dream of returning yet again to walk on Rarotonga’s sandy shores.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands January 2012

Rarotonga, Cook Islands January 2012

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