Costa Rica


Children's book

Little book, Big Day! 29

Today I present my first children’s book, “Toby to the Rescue!” This isn’t really MY  book – it took a village. The collective energies of many are incorporated into the work, starting with the animal rescue people who found an abused, nearly dead puppy all the way to the generous […]


Butterball Turkey

Gasp! I Forgot the Turkey! 15

I live in Atenas, Costa Rica, chosen for the convenient location close to the airport, shopping and services. From my door, I can be in PriceSmart (similar to Costco) in twenty minutes. My family lives in Nosara on the Nicoya Peninsula, overlooking a beautiful beach, Playa Guiones on the Pacific […]


Guatemalan Boots

These Boots Are Made for Flyin’! 11

SASY! Stop Animal Suffering, Yes! I love this group; not only what they do for the animals, but for their feisty and fun way of doing it – my kind of folks. This year’s annual fundraiser took place at Quinta Salitral in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. Through the generosity of […]


Friends are Chosen Family 10

As I looked around the dinner table last night, I breathed in the moment; I felt happy and blessed. We were a table of six, with our hosts, who prepared the feast as a raffle prize, joining us at the end which rounded us out to eight friends enjoying food, […]


Cavorting at La Casita del Café 12

As I stood on the corner in downtown Atenas, Costa Rica, waiting for my friend, Jan, I mentally tapped my toe on the sidewalk. I don’t have time for this, I thought. I mean, really, can’t we just go to breakfast here in town? I have a million things to do; important things […]

Mural at Casita del Cafe

Poco Cielo

Divine “Staycation” in Atenas 26

What, you ask, is a staycation?! Why, it’s a vacation you take in your very own town. Technically, you stay in your own home, so I’m stretching the definition. Due to my husband’s grueling work schedule, we endure long periods of separation. Reunions often are dedicated to getting domestic situations […]