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Birds, bees and butterflies with coffee
Friday, February 24, 2012      7 comments

This morning we drove through Boquete up to Finca Larida, a coffee farm in Panama. The grounds (I mean to area surrounding the coffee trees, not the coffee grounds) are beautiful filled with landscaped lawns, trees and flowers. Those flowers a... Read more
Change of Plans... road blocks
Tuesday, February 21, 2012      2 comments

Today we made some major changes in our plans. We were supposed to go to an island in the Caribbean on Sat. through Monday. However the government and one of the indigenous tribes here are having issues over strip mining of copper (gov't wants... Read more
Spa setting
Monday, February 20, 2012      3 comments

Until the pool and exercise center at the development they live in is completed, my DS and BIL have joined a local spa. I went with BIL this morning. I got to do my yoga on an outside deck under jungle trees with a babbling brook in the backgr... Read more
Jungle Canopy from a zip line
Sunday, February 19, 2012      7 comments

I can't really describe the exhilaration of zipping through the trees at up to 60 kilometers an hour (over 35 mph). What a trip. Check out this site for info and some pics of the ride we went on today.... even my sister who doesn't like speed.... Read more
Saturday, February 18, 2012      3 comments

Today after doing some errands in Boquete with my sister, we all drove slightly up into the hills above the city. After parking we visited Mi Jardin es Su Jardin, several acres of gardens that are open to the public even though they are the gro... Read more
A gift - A perfect day
Friday, February 17, 2012      6 comments

This morning, we gathered our beach items, donned our swimsuits and my brother in law and sister drove us to their favorite Pacific beach in Panama. It is located at a resort and we paid $10 per to use their private beach, sit on comfortable la... Read more
Am I uncaring or learning something else?
Thursday, February 16, 2012      2 comments

There are many communities we all belong to ... here on Spark and in our own homes, jobs and towns. One community that is important to me is the yoga community which is actually world-wide and incredibly varied. One type of yoga is called Anusa... Read more
More Panama Pics (mostly focused on eating!)
Wednesday, February 15, 2012      4 comments

First pic is at a coffee house/bakery in Boquete, Panama called Sugar and Spice. DH and I shared a pine... Read more
Two Valentine Quotes
Tuesday, February 14, 2012      5 comments

The first quote is about the love between two people. The second is why I feel this way about my husband of over 44 years. I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have ... Read more
Pics from Panama
Monday, February 13, 2012      4 comments

These are two of the pictures from our trip so far. One of me and DH at the top of Ancon Hill with Pan... Read more
Recommended reading
Sunday, February 12, 2012      3 comments

If you haven't read the Managing the mysteries of Motivation Part 2 , check it out. I especially like the last two paragraphs about changing your story.
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Panama Canal Tour
Saturday, February 11, 2012      6 comments

I promise not to blog everyday about Panama for the next 3 weeks, but today was spectacular. We took a taxi from our B & B to the pier and boarded a three deck ship with about 350 other people. We entered the canal from the Pacific side in Pan... Read more
Why I am proud to live in Iowa
Tuesday, February 07, 2012      1 comments

This is the link to an article and video that is about my pride in living in Iowa. A man lost to history, Arthur Clark worked to get his daughter admitted to the white school in Muscatine, Iowa in 1868 (yes, 1868) and got the word white removed... Read more
Dealing with grief
Monday, February 06, 2012      2 comments

Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.” ~Proverb This is the beginning quote from article about a woman who lost her daughter 32 minutes after her premature birth over 20 years ago. It ... Read more
Groundhog Day and Light
Thursday, February 02, 2012      2 comments

Drats, Puxataney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter when he saw his shadow today. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the thing I miss most in winter is light... the sun is weaker and we have fewer hours of daylight. So i decided to think l... Read more

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