Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Last week, I started taking a French class. I’ve always wanted to learn French. A thousand years ago, I went to college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I transferred there as a sophomore and didn’t have the option of preregistering for classes beforehand....
Francie Turns 21

Francie Turns 21

This week, my “Chilean daughter” turned 21. It seems like only yesterday that I walked into her 8th grade classroom for the first time, but that was back in 2009. Francisca would have been 14 then. A quiet teenager, she came to the front of the classroom...
Four Weeks and Counting

Four Weeks and Counting

Right, it’s been a month since Phillip passed away. Four short weeks that feel like a lifetime. I’ve had lots of sympathy, condolences, notes, calls, offers of food, help, or companionship. My friends, both Chilean and gringo, have rallied around, watched...
Pillow 11

Pillow 11

Pillow 11 was a tiny inside cabin on the cruise ship, Norwegian Epic, with ports of call in Rome, Naples (with optional shore excursions to the Amalfi coast and Pompeii), and Palma de Mallorca. This is an actual photo of my room. My BFF and I each booked a...

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...

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