I love the idea of going to the beach. Beaches in Costa Rica are especially fun because they are all different. You never know quite what to expect. Some of them are black sand volcanic beaches with smooth waves and monkeys in the trees near by. Some of them are filled with iguanas and sand […]
I’ve always hated good-byes. Soldiers off to war, families separated by work or states, or continents, kids off to college for the first time, and now this one…leaving Costa Rica. Tearful airport scenes practically bring me to my knees whenever I see them depicted in movies or as thoughts of that final moment approaches for […]
One wonderful thing about Costa Rica is the amazing variety of fruit trees growing up everywhere. In my little garden alone we have sweet lemons, mangos, bananas, limes, and an impressive fruit called guanabana. It turns out that this fruit provides one of my favorite drinks in the world, all white and frothy, and a […]
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Oxcart Parade in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. The parade features hundreds of hand-painted, beautiful oxcarts and the brahma bulls that pull them, along with the machete yielding caballeros who guide them on their way. The brightly painted ox carts have an important […]
I used to love watching “Mission Impossible.” It always posed a problem of global proportions, set a team out to do the task that was incredibly dangerous and highly unlikely to succeed, and then offered fascinating ways for the story to unfold and the team to win. Of course, no one could ever know the […]
One thing my friends know about me is that I’ve never had a really warm place in my heart for God’s little creepy crawly critters. It’s safe to say I haven’t been tempted to collect insects, pin beetles to a board, or even to actually acknowledge the rightful place of four, eight, and many-legged creatures […]
Part of the gift of growing up with humble roots was that my family was the center of my world. We each shared the responsibility for making life work. I was raised in a small upstate New York town and around kindergarten age moved into a farmhouse built in 1850 that had hardly ever […]
Waterfalls are beautiful from a distance, something worthy of respect and awe at the powerful impact they have on everything around them. Until I came to Costa Rica, my only waterfall experiences involved tourist moments at Niagara Falls, standing a very safe distance away, and some picturesque observations of lovely falls in Hawaii. Actually stepping […]
Learning to keep our ears open.
Time for dancing in the streets.