Lying for the Lord

Watching the news of the Republican Supreme Court’s avowed desire to take possession of women’s medical decisions, is there any doubt where this goes next? Never doubt that they will come after your birth control, your gay marriage rights, etc. The historical male fetishation of the uniquely female ability to bring forth life is why too many... Read more »

My Left Ovary; Choose My Own Surgical Adventure

When my dispassionately calm and very competent rheumatologist called rather than putting the results of my MRI up on the portal, I thought–uh oh (and immediately put my cell phone on speaker for my husband to hear too.) With an uncharacteristically shaky voice she said that the MRI she’d sent me for showed a mass... Read more »

Racism, Sexism and Ageism at the Art Institute of Chicago

My Life as an Art Institute of Chicago Volunteer Waiting at the employees’ side entrance for the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) for my first volunteer interview was a moment full of trepidation. What did I know about art? I’d been a journalism major, my parents never ever took me to an art museum.  In... Read more »

The Texas Taliban Aborts Choice; Terrorizing Women

  As a 21-year-old at the University of Texas, I was told a first-person story of a kitchen table abortion that the teller had gotten in Mexico. It was the moment I realized that a slip of a diaphragm, or failure of a birth control device could happen to anyone. It converted me to become... Read more »


(Not the board game) Risk has been a constant companion ever since I first went abroad to live in Lima, Peru in the summer of 1972. Whether it was from health threats like dengue, parasitic worms, malaria, yellow fever, rabies, unpronounceable illnesses unknown to most US doctors and/or the paucity of 3rd world healthcare; or... Read more »

Vaccinations Don't Always Work --Covid-19 Jab and Immune Deficiency

As people get vaccinated by varying rules depending on their state, the lucky lottery vaccinated winners begin to speculate what life will be like when they are able to get back to normal in summer. Won’t that be wonderful?  Normal. Oh, to be normal.  Having a primary immune deficiency, my immune system is not normal.... Read more »

The Rape of America by Trump

Shameless Trump and His White Privileged Supporters Welcome to SHIT HOLE America!! With Trump flags waving Trump, Donald Trump and his merry-go-along-to-get-along RepubliCONS have conned some deplorables, to attempt the murder of America today. Thirteen days to go. With Trump still conning them with his Rose Garden taped speech by whining I was robbed, he’s just... Read more »

No One Believed Cassandra Either

When we had a chance to get Landed Immigrant status in Canada in 1979, we moved to Paraguay and with my husband facing a new job, didn’t follow through on it. I kept the paperwork until 2015.  Living abroad for all those 20 years, it was easy to ignore the insanity in America. The proliferation... Read more »

The Maids of Latin America (Peru)

While living in Guayaquil, Ecuador I was asked by an American friend, “Do you have a dishwasher?”  “Yes,” I responded. “Her name is Maria*. ”Once again my sense of humor didn’t amuse, but bemused a friend.   When we moved to Mexico City in 1995, our adolescent 14-year old son was outraged and angry with us... Read more »

The English Book

The book appeared in my mailbox last week. Didn’t take Sherlock to know that it was a book. The package had the name of an Ebay reseller, Discover Books, on the two-piece brown mailers sealing the contents tightly within.  “Your book came,” I said to my husband.  “I didn’t order a book,” he responded.  Can’t... 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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