Risk

(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 »
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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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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 »

Solid Gold Mother-in-Law Memory

My mother-in-law Beatrice was one of my favorite chums. Lucky me? You bet. Having heard firsthand about, not to mention read about many mother-in-law versus daughter-in-law wars, I knew I was very, very lucky. What was her trick? She genuinely liked people, including me. Her loving kindness toward me becoming my role model toward my... 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 »
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The Grocery Store in the Time of Covid-19

After a lifetime of going to the grocery store, when Covid-19 hit I wasn’t exactly sad to hand off the grocery shopping to a delivery service. One less risk, it seemed a safer option for my husband and myself. I eased my conscience by tipping generously.  Although I’d expected a few bumps in handing off... 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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