Monthly Archives: January 2012


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


 When the bus stops at Paso Canoas on the Panama side of the Panama-Costa Rica border, Panamanian soldiers herd everyone and all their goodies off the bus and into a stark white room with a small interrogation closet bumped out of one corner. (Well, what else would you call a 6 x 6 room with a one door and a […]

BORDER DRAMA AND DRUG-SNIFFING DOGS



I promised to talk about interesting stuff – not just what’s happening with my book.  So here you have an article I wrote last year which contains an amazing secret recipe! No BO in Mexico  I n the nearly six months I have been here, the only person I have encountered obviously scenting the air with their personal pheromones was […]

No B.O. in Mexico