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Leaving Asheville

Leaving Asheville

  Well, I am quickly approaching the end of my stay here in Asheville. I have to say, this is one cool town with big city amenities and an earthy organic core. Since, I am essentially looking for a business to buy, and will remain an absentee owner, price does...
Angel Mounds and the loss of a culture

Angel Mounds and the loss of a culture

   Just before leaving Evansville, Indiana for Asheville, North Carolina I went to a historic site called Angel Mounds state park  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Mounds. I wanted to see some of the large mounds and hills that the Mississippian...
Sierra turns 11

Sierra turns 11

Sierra wanted to celebrate her eleventh birthday party at our new rental house. She also wanted to have a small party, which we were thankful for, and since we have a pool in the backyard, it made entertaining all the easier. Seeing my kids get older and all the...
The school dance at Casa el Recodo

The school dance at Casa el Recodo

About two weeks ago, our school hosted their annual school dance at Casa el Recodo. This charming place is the oldest house in Granada and is also my favorite for curb appeal. It survived the great fires of the mid 19th century and was faithfully restored not too long...
When I close my eyes

When I close my eyes

Firsts, of all kinds, have ways of incubating and morphing into better versions of themselves over time. The older I get, the more I start to question whether I had the “First” experience, or if the “First” experience had me. First kisses,...

1,002,819

I woke up this morning to my usual tall glass of iced coffee, logged on to my computer and saw that we reached a very special milestone for this blog. We broke a million hits, which I never ever thought would happen. We are obviously touched by this accomplishment and...
Chili cook off for a charity

Chili cook off for a charity

It doesn’t get much better than seeing friends, eating different types of chili and donating for a worthy cause, all at the same time. The annual chili cook off raises money for Puedo Leer, a non-profit community library, in Granada. The event was packed and...
Children and pets

Children and pets

We recently moved to a larger home, outside of Granada, with a huge yard and a nice sized pool. Since we now have adequate space, we’ve decided to surprise the girls with newly hatched chicks and baby bunnies. The girls were so patient in our efforts for getting...
The power of one

The power of one

My wife has said on many occasions what she likes most about living in here is her ability to affect change and make a positive impact in the community. As most readers know, Nicaragua is a poor country, but what some people may not realize, is Nicaragua is a happy...
The school’s Christmas show at Parque Xalteva

The school’s Christmas show at Parque Xalteva

Christmas productions, put on by children, no matter where they are performed, are adorable. Our school decided to make their annual production a community event, open to the public, at Parque Xalteva. And a good choice it was! Every passerby was treated to nice music...
La Purisima, loud and beautiful

La Purisima, loud and beautiful

La Purisima, is the loud and beautiful 9 day celebration for the Virgin Mary. In Nicaragua, no celebration is complete without copious amounts of fireworks and penetratingly loud music. What distinguishes la Purisima from other celebrations is that it starts at 4 in...
Oktoberfest in Granada

Oktoberfest in Granada

Charlie’s Restaurant is, a German eatery, just outside old town in a residential area of Granada. The girls and I went there for our Oktoberfest dinner. They wore their dirndls and later danced in the aisles to the um-papa music. It was very cute, and in the...
School play, Three Little Pigs

School play, Three Little Pigs

Last week our school put on the annual winter play which, this year, was The Three Little Pigs. The kids poured their hearts into this acting affair. The audience, primarily comprised of kids, were mesmerized by the acting abilities of their friends. Just for the...
Portraits from Latin America

Portraits from Latin America

Memories are, oddly enough, like a fruit salad. Though the fruits commingle, each remains an individual part of the salad. Take a single item out and it’s no longer a salad but a piece of fruit. This occurs with travel memories as well, and although the names...
Stone soup and making new friends

Stone soup and making new friends

Those who know us personally would agree that our home is an open door, where the bar and kitchen are for everyone’s enjoyment. We always love having people over, no matter where we are, which usually results in making solid friendships fast. Yes, on occasion I...
Animals not viewed as pets

Animals not viewed as pets

One of the saddest aspects of the developing world is how they take care, or neglect to take care of their domesticated pets. We have heard and seen things over the years that would depress the unsuspecting. If you are queasy, this is probably the time to stop reading...
When a place on a map becomes a place in your heart

When a place on a map becomes a place in your heart

We have been very busy the last couple of weeks, since returning from the Corn Islands. The Nicaraguan elections took place and for us, in Granada, it felt more like a Thanksgiving afternoon than what the US embassy was reporting could happen. In fact, none of the...