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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 […]

Happy Birthday to My Mother, Betty Orr. She Keeps Herself Going In So Many Creative Ways!!

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Betty Orr, accomplished writer AND mother I’m tired and my eyes hurt. I’ve been working all day on marketing The Plan. Mostly recently, I put it up as a kindle book on Amazon. All of this (researching, writing, marketing) is hard work and sometimes I get worn out! But what is the alternative? Oh, any […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When You Retire, You Have Time To —

Retirement = Doing What You Want To Do The tight bond between Clinton and Joe, two gay, black lawyers (one of them, married) is broken when Joe is reportedly found hanged. A suicide seems impossible to Clint, and Joe’s widow is acting cagey. Clinton Moore believes Joe Means was tortured and murdered, and that his […]

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 […]

Preview – Just for you. The Plan (Prologue and Chapter 1)

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Am I retired? I don’t know. I live in Ecuador and have friends who’ve retired. We have an easy life. Lots of places to go and things to do. BUT —  I have to confess that I love writing books. This last one took a full year to birth. Far longer than I’d planned or […]