Posts tagged "Peru"

If life doesn't come with a handbook; where does the advice come from?

There you are. Warm and fed,and cozy and—HOLY MERDE–someone turns on the high beams—and with a scream of surprise, you are born. Welcome to the world Ethan and Theo. It’s 2033 and you are my strapping six feet plus tall grandsons with a grandmother who has no advice for you. What a clueless Grandma C... Read more »

One Regret I Regret: or, if only I'd known what I know now

           If Dr. Who parked his time-traveling, blue police box TARDIS outside of my door, I’d revisit the younger me. That 21-year-old who agonized whether to follow her gut instinct and go to Lima, Peru to live with her American boyfriend and his family in 1972.  As my younger self’s guardian angel, I’d whisper “Yes–take that... Read more »

Peace Corps Volunteers

The adventure for each began with a poster. Just a poster that they each saw at their college or university. The poster called for those interested in becoming a Peace Corps volunteer to contact the organizers by postcard. It was in the late 1960s, about 1968. Two of the volunteers, one a lawyer now holding... Read more »

Civil Rights for All

Don’t hide your hatred of others marrying behind the veil of your religion.  I’m not buying what you are selling, that your being selective of who are offered equal protection under the law, doesn’t make you a bigot. Or ignorant. Or a cretin. Or prejudiced. Yes it does. Get your noses out of whatever pastiche... Read more »

The Rat in the Toilet

Leaves pile up at the foot of the dogwood tree where the bored 11-year-old girl sits perched like an eagle, gazing expectantly out to the horizon. If only something would happen, if only there was something new, something different. That evening she feels like she won the lottery when told by her parents that they... Read more »

Adolescent Americans

Like teenagers who believe, “it’s all about me”, American react to globalization as if it is a plot just to get them. After all the left wingers cry, the foreigners are stealing our jobs; meanwhile, the right wingers bemoan the foreigners as invaders who are taking over Alabama. Truly? Some people need to get out... Read more »

Reason No. 43

Because of a coffee pot malfunction, an American Airlines flight to Lima, Peru was held on the ground in Miami. Because they  needed to find a vacuum to clean it up- something clearly beyond the pay grade of the management team-American left the airplane wide open at the back. For at least a couple of... Read more »
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    Candace Drimmer

    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 my father had accepted a job in Houston TX. I was ecstatic, it was a foreign land in 1961 America. After high school graduation, my parents’ gave me a matched set of fawn-colored hardsided American Tourister luggage. Taking the hint, I went to college; well four colleges in five years--it was the 60s after all. Meeting a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, I fell in love. After finishing up college coursework for my degree, but before I even walking a graduation stage, I grabbed the paper airline ticket my boyfriend had sent me, my brand-new passport, and was off to the airport and Lima, Peru.

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