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We Are What We Pretend to Be

April 17, 2017   •   Posted under:

Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that I like a good phrase. One that might be from a movie or a quote from someone. A good line to me is one that provokes me to stop and read it again, and then again, and then to save it somewhere to consider it again.   I came across one a couple of years back when I was viewing a list of great quotes. It was attributed to a writer named…

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Life Messages: Write Them, Lest They Forget

March 17, 2017   •   Posted under: Lifestyle, Relationships, Community

I’m running some ads on Facebook for my blogging platform Silvrback, one of which reads as follows:   “In living, our stories are made. In writing, our stories are remembered. Write them, lest they forget.” I like that.   I’ve been thinking about, and intending to write about, legacies for some time now. In part, it is to be an article about blogging and how it is…

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Dominican Republic III: Santo Domingo and Boca Chica

January 12, 2017   •   Posted under: Finances, Lifestyle, Community

Well, the time has come to wrap up our review of the last leg of our trip. It has been a brief but good introduction to the Dominican Republic, an up and coming expat destination. We've dropped in on the Puerto Plata and Samana (Las Terrenas) areas of the north coast (Atlantic Ocean) and have returned to the south coast (Caribbean Sea) to end this introductory visit. It's been an interesting three…

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Dominican Republic II: Las Terrenas in Samana

January 03, 2017   •   Posted under: Lifestyle, Community

We spent close to $200 for a taxi from Sosua to Las Terrenas, a nearly 3-hour trip along the northern coast. Las Terrenas is on the Samana Peninsula. First impressions were not very positive. This may have been due to all the positive press we’ve read over the past 2-3 years on the up and coming status of the area for expats seeking a great lifestyle.   Well, over the past couple of days…

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Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete

December 31, 2016   •   Posted under: Finances, Lifestyle, Community

While our itinerary is more or less set for this three-week adventure, I wanted to give you a glimpse of my impressions of the Dominican Republic visit. Since we’re in the first half of the trip, we’ll look at part of the north coast today. Specifically, I’ll focus mostly on Sosua, a town of around 50,000 people. It is down the road some 20-30 minutes from Puerto Plata, a more sizable…

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End of Summer

December 03, 2016   •   Posted under: Mind, Spirit, Lifestyle

I seem to be one of those types who is always burning the candle at both ends. I have a job that has its own demands, plus additional jobs to fill in any spaces left in the life.   To make matters worse, I’m easily distracted which makes me painfully inefficient. That’s a conversation for another day – don’t want to get distracted here.   It’s hard for me to…

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Working Out My Plan B

August 07, 2016   •   Posted under: Mind, Finances, Lifestyle, Relationships, Community

My wife and I spent three weeks in Panama this summer. Last summer we did the same in Ecuador. And in January, we squeezed in over a week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Each was a great visit for us, but in different ways. Investigating warmer environments has been on our agenda as we seek to identify prospective second residences before retirement.   I should make clear that retirement for me is really…

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I’m No Prince: Reflections on Being Average

April 24, 2016   •   Posted under: Mind, Spirit, Lifestyle

I’m just an average guy. I haven’t accomplished anything particularly memorable, nor does it appear anything along this line is going to emerge anytime soon.    A recent quote from an interview on the late artist Prince reminded me again that exceptional performances require exceptional commitments. And average performances don’t.    "He did his homework. He created,…

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