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Nicaragua The USA War and Peace

Two Days in September

On September 11, I logged into Facebook and found myself scrolling past a minefield of 9/11-themed posts. I bristled each time I saw “never forget,” that war cry without an exit plan. I hated that this national tragedy had come to be an excuse for revenge, and was frightened by how nationalism has hijacked patriotism. […]

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The Almighty We – Proximity

I learned something about community from the dogs in Nicaragua. Thirteen years ago, Bob and I found ourselves managing a vacation lodge on a 3200-acre Caribbean island without police or doctors. We lived in small house inside a large chain link compound. Six dogs served as security guards. The first time one of the dogs […]

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Nicaragua

Exit Interview

On our way out of Nicaragua, I took the opportunity to interview myself. Here are the results: I: How does it feel to be leaving Nicaragua after living and working on a remote island community for 7 months? MYSELF: I have an odd mixture of feelings at this moment, as I sit in the Managua […]

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LEAVING THE IGUANA

For a number of reasons, Bob and I are no longer managing Casa Iguana on Little Corn Island. Most notable of those reasons was being on call 24-hours a day with little or no uninterrupted time. A secondary factor was our inability to adapt ourselves to the role of hospitality hosts. And then there was […]

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HARD CHOICES

I was walking the dog home from the front side when we encountered a young brahma bull. Kimo was pretty sure she didn’t want to mess with an animal this big but the bull was curious. About the time the cream colored animal broke into a trot, I was forced into a decision. Hang onto […]