Having happily avoided foreign language throughout college--foreign language, who needs foreign language; life's revenge was to have me live abroad for 20 years. Queue Joni Mitchell's song "Both Sides Now" given the experience of living abroad as an expatriate writer gave me the educational opportunity to learn to see my home from the other's perspective.

And yes, to finally learn a bit of a foreign language. Que chevere!

At home and abroad I've worked as a journalist for South-North News Service, The Glendale News Herald and the St. Louis Jewish Light; an ad writer at KABR-AM, and in Curacao & Mexico; written The Expat Survival GuideThe Expat A to Z, From Here to There and Bon Bini Ya'll.  And been a book and magazine editor, ghost writer, copy writer and photographer, and was elected to Westport, CT Representative Town Meeting by the meager-but sufficient-margin of 2-votes.

While many find me too outspoken, I am haunted by the guilt of when I stayed silent, Pastor Niemoller's words resonating in my brain:

"First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me."

Follow me on Twitter @Sherlockianone


Email me at solitarysherlockian@outlook.com



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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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