Revisiting Re-Entry

Revisiting Re-Entry

It’s snowing here. Ever so lightly, but snowing. The sun’s trying to peek through, but the clouds are winning. I’m watching the fat flakes fall as I eat lentil soup, bought at the deli over on Nostrand. I will miss being able to walk a couple of...
Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

I popped into church today. Just stopped in, as I’ve often done over the past five years. I’m not catholic, but I like to sit and look at the statue of the Virgin Mary at the Basilica de la Merced in downtown Santiago. It’s cool and peaceful inside, painted to...

Vexed

I’ve had to change peluqueros again. This must be the fifth or sixth one I’ve tried here. I’ve lost count. After an incident with one in El Centro back in 2012, I’d been trekking out to Barrio Yungay to Marcos* who did a consistent job of...

Ojos Abiertos

In my quest to find viable volunteer opportunities for teaching English, I recently attended a meeting of a new organizaton called Ojos Abiertos. “To empower children to grow as individuals and valuable community members through initiatives designed to nurture...

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