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Greetings friends,

I am writing to you from the comfort of my kitchen as I welcome a typical
Sunday morning in Atenas during the ‘winter’. The exuberantly green vegetation
is present despite the lack of heavy rainfall in the last few weeks. My spirits lift
when I see all that color and I am reminded of one reason I chose to live here. In
loving gratitude let’s go out and get some fresh air and movement in before the
day gets away from us.

Yesterday was the celebration of the Virgin of Los Angeles, Patron Saint of Costa
Rica. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims made their way to Cartago to pay their
respects; give thanks for favors granted; petition special favors going forward. The
pilgrimage this year was characterized by cleanliness, orderliness and a general
sense of solidarity towards fellow pilgrims. Everyone did their part to ensure the
safety and well-being of all and that is a significant aspect of this yearly tradition.

Here at home, we have enjoyed a weekend surrounded by the unique energy
supplied by the half-dozen young adults who came to spend time with our daughter
for her next to last weekend before she heads back to college. We have all been busy
shopping, cooking, and cleaning. There is unmistakeable joy in sharing many hours
with friends and it is obvious that this group enjoys cohesion. I feel blessed to be able
to witness their special bond and share in it.

The palpable connection of this group is the result of many years of sharing all kinds
of adventures. They have been able to maintain their friendship because there is a
wonderful variety of personalities. Each one of them has a unique talent (singing,
playing an instrument, telling jokes particularly well, cooking, etc.) that the others
support and encourage. It is my idea of community and I am glad they have found it
in their youth! My hope is that all of us have also found our community!

Have a wonderful day and a great week, Marietta

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