Archive | Cuenca

For Ecuador’s Expats, There’s Nothing Like A Good Old Garage – er Patio Sale!!!!!

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I remember when my mother’s cousin, “Aunt Patty,” held the first patio sale EVER at her suburban California home, sometime in the early 1960s. It was cool. It was chic. And it caught on. My mom liked the idea and tried out a front porch sale in her rural Oregon town of 500. The neighbors […]

Author Opening New Pinterest Board for Gringolandia.

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Father Carlos Crespi of Cuenca, Ecuador I enjoyed spending my Sunday building a new Pinterest board for Gringolandia. This week, I wrote the prologue and it opens with the story of Father Carlos Crespi, a fascinating priest who lived in Cuenca, Ecuador and known world-wide for his mysterious Amazon art collection. You can read my […]

Three verses of Sinatra, and a cloud of dust (on the Streets of Cuenca, Ecuador)

Woody Hayes. Ohio State University. Listen up from heaven. You’re being honored this morning on the streets of Cuenca, Ecador, about ten yards and a cloud of dust across the New Cathedral on Calle Sucre. “Three yards and a cloud of dust.” Your famous quote comes quickly to mind as a neatly-dressed, middle-aged Cuencano weakly belts […]

The Plan “Is About Emmett Till, Too,” Author Says

Share| I just put The Plan up on Amazon (Kindle,, for now — print version comes out next week). It’s a book that starts in New York, but ends up in the Mississippi Delta and then moves into South America. For those interested in the story of Emmett Till, The Plan has much to do […]

WHY I WRITE BOOKS

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Share| _____ Susan Klopfer I write books because they bring history alive. I believe my stories communicate a truth that is necessary for all of us to hear as we pass through life. I often write in the early hours of morning, till my husband peeks into my office and asks why I’m up and […]

Never Too Late To Learn a Lesson or Two

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I met a French couple who’d been camping in southern Chile. “Español?” “Si,” he smiled. We talked as my new friends shared their Patagonian photos of diving whales and ice-blue glaciers. My high school Spanish teacher would be proud. I was USING what he had taught. I can close my eyes and see him. Moderate […]

Stunning Tiles in Cuenca, Ecuador; Walkin’ the Dog in this Colonial City

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Oh, you know how I love the old tile in Cuenca! This morning Benji (my rescue dog) and I peeked into a colonial building on the side street across from the “blue church” and found a vintage hostel, complete with the most beautiful tile inside and out. I believe the hostel’s name is Orchidea. Here’s […]

Learning to use Chopsticks takes patience, and so does adjusting to a new culture, author says

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Many from other countrie are surprised at the political marches that occur regularly in Ecuador. My opinion: We need to learn more about this active and successful process!A COUPLE OF NEW FRIENDS are not making it here in Cuenca, Ecuador—at least so far. I like them and find they are interesting and fun. But I […]

Half Schnauzer, Half Poodle (We Think) , I Know ‘Benji’ Has a Story

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Say hello to Benji, our rescue dog. He came into our Cuenca, Ecuador home after his step mom, Nancee, learned she could not have anymore animals. She advertised his need for a home, and we were lucky enough to find him! Nancee softly cried as he left her home, and I know she misses him. […]

It was the “damned gate” that caught my attention. (Surprising words from a Mississippi debutante trainer)

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It took a year to create and write The Plan–and get it into publication. I came up with the idea many years ago, when living in Mississippi, but didn’t have the needed time to really think about and develop the plot or complete the project until I retired and moved to Cuenca, Ecuador. This morning I was […]