TED Talk Thursday ~ How Did I Get That Cold Virus?

Today’s talk is from the Ted-Ed site and what a wonderful site it is.  Ted-Ed’s aim is to give “lessons worth sharing”.  The site combines original lessons and Ted Talks to create a great site full of interesting information for any type of inquisitive mind.

There is so much to choose from but I settled on this little lesson about viruses and cells. For the first time in almost three years I caught a cold so I thought that this lesson was quite appropriate…in the campo.


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Snapshot Sunday 17/08/2014

Yesterday SU decided that it was time to tame the Red Passion Flower vine that has started to entwine itself around the Coconut Palms.  We agreed that anything was hanging loose could be trimmed so he got out the ladder to tackle the job.

After snipping a few spots he spotted this Ruddy Ground Dove nest.  We’ve decided to let the vine grow for now.


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Morning In the Campo ~ Silhouette

Quite often Dos Gatos will make me rise from bed long before I’m ready.  On this particular morning a few weeks ago I wasn’t adverse to joining them outside and watching the clouds roll across the horizon as the sun rose.   The birds were flying to their daytime roosts and the trees were silhouetted against the orange morning sky…in the campo.


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Choose Life

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. ~ Kevyn Aucoin ~

This week the media has reported the news of comedian/actor Robin William’s suicide.   Although tragic, Mr. William’s death has also initiated a dialogue about depression and suicide…at least for the moment.  Every day there are people living with depression and family members, emergency service people and care workers willing are there to lend and helping hand to those who need it.  The TED Talk today highlights one such person.

The Golden Gate Bridge has had a growing tally of suicides from its deck 1,600 plus. In the over two decades that Kevin Briggs worked as a highway patrolman he saved hundreds of people from jumping, all but two people he came in to contact with.  In this TED Talk he explains how you can help change someone’s way of thinking, someone so distraught that they are prepared to take their own life.

If you need help and you are in Canada:
Programa Salud Mental Panama:
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Introducing Seńorita Pedasi 2014

…tradition is the mechanism that binds us to the past; tells us where we come from, and who we are, in order to plan ahead hoping that its value is sealed in the minds of our new generations. ~ Fundación Amigos de Pedasí ~

Our area of the Azuero Penisula is known for its “off the hook” celebration of Carnaval but we also have many other celebrations throughout the year.  Out of those my favourite is La Festival de las Carretas, la Cultura y el Folklore or The Cart Festival. I love the polleras, the carts and the community atmosphere of the celebration.   This year marks the 12th year for the festival and the fourth time we’ll be in attendance taking in all the festivities.

On Saturday night the Fundación Amigos de Pedasí (The Friends of Pedasi Foundation) held a Noche Tipico Bailable (Tipico Dance) with lively tipico music and songs.  The event was also an opportunity to present Seńorita Pedasi 2014 because; after all it’s not a fiesta, festival or a celebration in Panama without a Queen.  The twist this year is that Seńorita Pedasi is not Panamanian by birth (nor are her parents) but was born about 13,993 km away in Australia.  You’d never know it though because she speaks Spanish like a native and the family is well-integrated into the community.   Welcome Lucy Carolin Pollard, Seńorita Pedasi 2014:


The crown isn’t passed on until the Friday of the Festival.  On Saturday there is music, dancing, flowers and a sash.  And afterwards more music, dancing, Seco and Soberana.

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Pedasi is considered to be a sleepy little district and the center of Panameño folkloric culture.   A couple of years ago another friend was the representative flag bearer for the event.  By integrating and inviting the community into the local celebrations everyone Panameño and los extranjeros alike can gain a better understanding of the cultural values and the people…in the campo.

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Snapshot Sunday 10/08/2014

Rainy days never stop the birds or the butterflies.  Sometimes it’s nice to take the time to sit on the front porch and watch them in the front garden.  Like this fellow with his head buried in a hibiscus, in the campo.


More rainy days…


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Friday Afternoon Visitor

Late yesterday afternoon SU was out in the back garden when he noticed something strung along the fence.


Upon closer look it appeared to be a beautiful Green Vine Snake who at first was just a curious about us as we were about it.

52 3Then it headed over to the banana plants.

4And when we tried to get a closer look once again, back over to blend into the limón tree where it quickly disappeared up in the higher reaches; a beautiful and a fast little snake in the campo.




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Old World Texture ~ WP Photo Challenge

Ragged and rough are the two textures that come to mind when I look at the photos I’ve chosen to highlight this week.  These two textures were man made at different points in Panama’s history.

The first, a close up of the wall of a house from Panama Viejo constructed in 1519:

Old house wall Panama Viejo

The second a shot of a roof line under a house likely constructed around 1671 in Casco Viejo.  Although many of the buildings have been restored and renovated there are still several that need some TLC and this is one of them:

Outside paint work Casco Viejo

 More texture!



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TED Talk Thursday ~ Five Ways to Wellbeing ~ Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give

The challenge is, that possibly — and the thing we might have to think about — is that the future might not be North American, might not be Western European. It might be Latin American. ~ Nic Marks ~ 

This week I returned to my regular routine and part of my week consists of volunteering with the language school teaching English.  The theme for the last couple of weeks has been “Happy” and my fellow volunteers have used the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams to discuss what “happy” means and what makes them happy.

When we talked about “Happiness is:” the simplicity of the answers from the children was interesting, which led me to today’s TED Talk.  If you’re concerned about learning how to be happy look no further than the title of today’s post, the answers are found there.

If you’re interested in going further, watch today’s talk.  It’s by Nic Marks, an expert in the field of well-being research, a member of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies and the creator of The Happy Planet Index.

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Snapshot Sunday ~ 03/08/2014

This fellow decided to hang out around the front door the other night.  He’s rather large and handsome as tree frogs go but was not over boisterous in the croaking department.  Maybe he’s a prince of a frog?

Handsome Frog

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