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Plum Pudding – What is it, anyway? 15

“We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas … for the last 35 years, it has been a family tradition to march into a darkened room singing this song while carrying a flaming platter of plum pudding.  Although we are not British, I adopted it some years […]


Turtle Trivet – What is the Meaning?

I was a Teamster. All I know is I had a card that said so. It wasn’t until the mid 1970s, somewhere between 1974 and 1977, when we went on strike that I really got it. Most of us twenty-something flight attendants lived from paycheck to paycheck. Strike equals no paycheck. […]


May The Shorts Be With You!

We did it! A group of about twenty-five including dogs and babies managed to slip between the raindrops and do an organized 6K! We are grateful for the efforts of the organizer, Susannah Achor, who comes from a running family. Her parents will run in Pennsyvania today; she ran with them […]


Traditions We Bring With Us

The American flag shorts you see here will be “Turkey Trotting” down the road in Atenas, Costa Rica on Thursday, November 28, 2013! These shorts get pulled out and dusted off three times a year for over twenty years; the annual Wharf-to-Wharf 10K in Santa Cruz, California, the Firecracker 10K on […]


There’s Dirt on My Cilantro …

… and my eggs are uneven! What are those white fuzzy things on that large egg with the speckles? Oh, chicken feathers. Yes, the eggs came from real, live chickens. The cilantro came out of the earth. These are the small things that remind us of how life really works. Like many of us […]


Be an Angel!

Grab an angel from Tina’s tree and be an angel for a child at Christmas time! Eight years ago Tina Newton started a tradition of the Angel Tree, which is set up at Su Espacio, her community center in Atenas. I’ve been attending Dance-Fit classes regularly, which are led by Tina on Tuesdays and Thursdays. […]