Who? The effigy of Judas. Here in Panama you can unload all the baggage of your year at midnight on December 31 by making a sort of scarecrow and burning it at midnight. Isn”t that great? A couple of weeks before Christmas the observant will begin to notice these stuffed, life size dolls lashed to fences and gates, ready for immolation […]

They Burned Him Last Night

Our Holiday gift to you is a faster website!  (We hope.)  To that end, we’re moving to a new hosting company this week. (They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse.) The url (http://PanamaDaze.com) will remain the same, but our subscribers may need to sign up again, as there is some ambiguity about how the mail out is structured. We apologize […]

Time Off for Christmas & Moving

It’s nearly Halloween, so I thought some photos of graveyards might be in order. In Panama the cemeteries are quite different looking from those in the States. For one thing, they are far more colorful – almost cheerful looking. The attitude toward death is a bit different, too. Here, it is regarded more as a normal part of life and […]

Halloween Thoughts in Panama

Today, December 8, is both the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Mother’s Day here in Panama. Since the 1930’s, it has been a national holiday, which means the schools, the banks, and most businesses close for the occasion. This year it is also on a Monday, which makes for a comfortably long weekend for everyone. Except for all the business shutdown, Mother’s Day […]

A December Mother’s Day in Panama

(Information provided by Leiloni O’Grady) English Speaking Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting Every Thursday…. 1 PM Playa Uverito – across from beach on elevated patio. 3 houses down from Posada del Mar Bed and Breakfast. House has peach colored walls. Everyone Welcome One Hour Meeting For more info leiloni.ogrady@gmail.com 6655-0755…. Mike Information on Alcoholics Anonymous For Anyone New Coming to AA […]


Today’s the day! The La Prensa Panama article with the photo shoot for which our very own Las Tablas Mer-Matrons posed is supposed to be published in the Martes Financiero insert today.  Check it out online at http://www.martesfinanciero.com/history/2014/11/18/informe_central.asp Scroll down to see us – we DID make the paper!  I’m the one in the black pants and Hawaiian shirt squinting into the […]

La Prensa Panama Article Prints Today

I guess you could say the Adopt a Dog Event was a rousing success. Loni and Mike brought 7 dogs to town, complete with their charming “Adopt Me” harnesses. Six of those dogs have new homes now. AND, a Panamanian gentleman with four puppies joined the group mid-morning and successfully found homes for all four little ones, as well. Loni […]

Followup on Adopt A Dog Event