Yearly Archives: 2012


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I have a dog. She is approximately 6 inches long and 6 inches high. She weighs 3 pounds, seldom barks and is trained to use paper when we can’t go outside.  Her favorite way to get around is to have me carry her in a black handbag that was built for carrying small dogs. It has a bone-shaped black mesh […]

NOT SO DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, PART 2


Many of you know that I was born in Panama.  In the city of Colon, as opposed to the city of David. Claiming the latter could have been fun, but oh-well. And then I was adopted. Anyway, the birth certificate says that Mom was British, by name one Susan Stockin, and the apocrypha says that Mom was connected with the […]

NOT SO DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, PART 1


Occasionally my ears ring.  The first time I heard that expression I thought it meant you would hear something similar to a small bell repeating – ding, ding, ding.  But no, the sound is more a persistent “eeeeeee” noise.             Now there are also machines that do the same thing.  Fluorescent lights occasionally sound like that and I once had […]

BUGS THAT SING



When I think of bells, my brain goes classic. For Whom the Bell Tolls brings to mind a series of deep, mournful solitary bongs. Bonnnngggg….  Bonnnnnnggg….  Bonnnnnggg.  How about The Bells of St. Mary’s?  That one brings to mind familiar hymns in rounded golden tones. Beautiful. Here in San Isidro the cathedral bells are proudly rung quite often. There is […]

THE BELLS OF SAN ISIDRO


Just a reminder that “A Chip in Time” will only be free until midnight (or maybe a little longer if I fall asleep early) on the 31st. On February 1, it starts costing $2.99, so get your copy now!

JUST A REMINDER


Passiflora A Fortune in Houseplants Beside the Road The gorgeous flower above blooms on the hillside at the end of the suspension bridge across the Rio Quebradas. There is only one way into our compound, and one way out. Over the bridge. Each time I walk across I marvel at the beauty of these flowers. They seem to only last […]

PASSION FLOWERS



The most horrific and immediate encounter I ever had with roaches was when I lived in a squalid little studio in downtown LA. I moved there to be closer to my evening job, which was teaching at a vo-tech school.  (The school was right on the border between the Crips’ turf and the Bloods’ territory – in other words, the […]

THE WAR OF THE ROACHES, PART III


I don’t believe I had ever seen a cockroach until my early 40’s when I moved to LA.  There, many of my acquaintance mentioned them casually in conversation. One thing they commented on was that if you moved from an apartment with roaches to one without, the roaches would hitch a ride in one of your cardboard boxes.  As I […]

THE WAR OF THE ROACHES, PART II


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Costa Rica is a country without an army, but they are at war.  Every woman in Costa Rica is armed and ready for battle with the enemy…la cucaracha. The thing about roaches is not their quintessential bugginess, it’s their “EEW Factor.”  They run around on dead things and other sorts of germ factories, collecting nasty microbes on their little legs, […]

THE WAR OF THE ROACHES