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Life and Census in Banana Republics is Bananas

In the 1960s I was taught that the US Constitution dictates the Federal Government count every person living within the USA every 10 years. It’s on the Trump Administration’s website: “The Founders of our fledgling nation had a bold and ambitious plan to empower the people over their new government. The plan was to count... Read more »

Landlines Before Cell Phones; Life in Banana Republics

In 1989 Guayaquil, Ecuador telephones were always problematic. During the rainy season they were so problematic that they would just stop working for weeks at a time. You got used to it. No, really, you got used to it. At least, I did. And it did prepare me for a handful of years later in... Read more »

Showering with a Hearing Aid, and other dumb moments

When my recent Meniere’s hearing loss and tinnitus go invisible, I forget to wear my single hearing aid. At the end of the day I don’t find it behind my left ear, but sitting comfortably in its dock recharging from the night before. A case of out of sight, out of my aging mind.  So... Read more »
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The Cult of El Senor

Wherever we lived in Latin America, the power always centered around El Señor. Whoever he was, whatever he did, it always was the same, the culture believed that El Señor magically always knew best. Very “Father Knows Best” of the 1950s, but then the Latin America of my time was just like that.  So it... Read more »

Trump's Coup de Faux Moment

Who is on the 2020 election ballot in November. You are. And I am. And all Americans. Either we vote for bigotry, hatred and tribalism—or we vote for tolerance, love and inclusiveness. If  you don’t, you..yes YOU will devolve America to another Banana Republic a la Russia and Putin. Pay ATTENTION AMERICA, or you lose... Read more »

Cabin Fever, Stress & the Coronavirus

As the uninvited visitor stalks the streets of America, how do we deal with the stress of the pale rider known as the coronavirus? Time to dust off another skill I developed whilst living abroad for 20 years. Without a work visa or the ability to get one, I had to find other ways to... Read more »
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Welcome to 3rd World America in the time of coronavirus

Having for years said that the USA had devolved into a third world, banana republic, tragically in these chaotic days of coronavirus this is proving all too true. A young father in Brooklyn needed an adult thermometer, but couldn’t buy one for love or money either online or on the streets of New York City.... Read more »

Eating Like an Expat in the Time of Coronavirus

Caveat: I am not an expert in anything, but living abroad.  Having lived for 16 years in what some have undiplomatically call “shit holes”, how did I keep myself and my family healthy while eating a bounty of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables? Cleaning fruits and vegetables like an expat. Where the original suggestion... Read more »

My Third World Plan for Coronavirus

Having seen this movie before as an expatriate living in the third or developing world, I have a sense of what to expect in the second worst case scenario of the coronavirus. In the first worst case, I would be dead before it came to town. Abroad we planned for things that might happen, so... Read more »
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Trumpistan; the American Banana Republic

To concur with more famous writers than I, no Americans want to live in a banana republic in America, neither Trumpers nor Never Trumpers. For raised in the heady feeling of freedom, we Americans are an entitled people who believe we have inalienable rights. In banana republic dictatorships, without a rule of law, the state... Read more »
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    TIMELINE June 1972 to June 1973---Candace moves to Lima (Peru)----- June 1973 to May 1974---Candace and The Husband live in Glendale AZ----- May 1974 to August 1974---Living in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)----- September 1974 to May 1975---Living in Aberdeen SD----- May 1975 to July 1979---Living in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)----- July 1979 to June 1980---Living in Asuncion (Paraguay)----- June 1980 to September 1980---Living in NYC----- September 1980 to November 1982---Living in Connecticut----- November 1982 to January 1983---Living in Ponce, Puerto Rico (USA)----- February 1983 to July 1986---Living in Willemstad, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)----- July 1986 to July 1989---Living in Guayaquil (Ecuador)----- July 1989 to July 1995---Living in Connecticut (yes, again)----- July 1995 to August 2001---Living in Mexico City (Mexico)----- August 2001---Return to Gringolandia (a.k.a. United States of America)----- I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew I met a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, fell in love and moved to Peru in the 1970s. WHAT an adventure it's been!! NOTE: I gave up Facebook, so apologies that I cannot answer any comments since it is only set up via FB.

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