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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 […]

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Please Retweet This Post. Thanks, SK Announcing GRINGOLANDIA“Set in a world of South American  gringos, gossipand murder!” Susan Klopfer, author Book II of the Civil Rights Mystery Sleuth Series GRINGOLAND by Susan Klopfer, author of THE PLAN, a novel, and other nonficton books including The Emmett Till Book, Who Killed Emmett Till, Where Rebels Roost, and […]

Hard To Be an Expat, So Far Away at Christmas

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Gracie — my five-year-old smiling granddaughter Excuse me, but I’m a little down. I miss my son and granddaughter.  And my mother. Spending Christmas far away wasn’t easy, even if we did have a lovely dinner with new friends. The good part was seeing my little Gracie’s three-story dollhouse via Skype. She showed us every […]

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 […]

Walkin’ my dog near a dress shop in Cuenca, Ecuador

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I love walking into stores and looking at the old floor tiles in Cuenca’s colonial district. We just walked by this opening to a dress shop and I noted the floor. Spectacular! Benji always wants to wander inside, but hes not usually welcome. Cuenca is where the final chapters take place in The Plan. I […]

Come along with Susan and Benji for a daily walk in Cuenca, Ecuador

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This old multi-story building on Simon Bolivar Avenidad is under repair. Benji and I walked by just this afternoon. We could smell fresh bread wafting from the panaderia, directly across the street. How we love our daily walks in Cuenca, Ecuador.

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 […]

First book in Clinton Moore Thriller Series —

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Share| What secrets were behind this rusty fence? The Plan  Book 1: Clinton Moore Thriller Series  I met a woman in the Mississippi Delta with a story to tell. She was driving me home from the small town of Drew to Parchman Penitentiary where I lived with my husband, who was the prison’s chief psychologist. That […]

Walk Through the Central Park in Cuenca, Ecuador and You Might Hear Pan Flutes and Guitars

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What a nice day for retirement expatting. We enjoyed some great music in the Central Park. It was quite a surprise as we walked downtown to hear the pan flutes, drums and guitars playing. A special Andean musical group had come out to sing and play. The sun was out, beautiful white clouds were overhead, and […]

Historical fiction thriller takes readers into the Andes of South America; starts in New York City

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An alternative fiction novel based on the MURDERS of two Deep South, gay black lawyers. Release Set for September 2013   The Plan is an alternative history and paranormal fiction thriller by civil rights author, Susan Klopfer. Here is how Susan describes her newest book: The bond between Clinton and Joe, two gay, black lawyers (one of them, married) […]