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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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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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Ashley Madison and the Sins of Men

August 29, 2015   •   Posted under: Mind, Lifestyle, Relationships, Community

I’m thinking about all the millions of people out there, mostly men, who are stewing in their own soup right now wondering if or when they will be found out. From those in jobs we might say are in sensitive areas, such as the White House, Congress and the Pentagon, to church pastors and mini-celebrities like Josh Duggar, each one probably has a bit more excitement than he signed up for.  …

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