International Day of Peace

Dear Friends, It is a beautiful Sunday here in Atenas. I have been up for several hours thinking of you and seeking inspirational thoughts to share on this day. My eyes travel the landscape and watch the flight of several miniature yellow butterflies attracted to the bushes that line our fence. I am grateful that … Continue reading International Day of Peace


The Best of Two Worlds

Dear Friends, My first Sunday home in Atenas greeted me with a brand new sun in the sky! It was the perfect way to start a day of renewal, rejuvenation and rejoicing. It is the joyous 198th celebration of Costa Rica's independence from Spain. We honor our democracy and culture of peace with our traditional … Continue reading The Best of Two Worlds

Celebrating Grandparents and More!

Dear Friends, A sunny renewal Sunday morning greets me here in Queens, New York. I can hear the tiny birds chirping happily outside my window. Their song instantly encourages me to focus my attention on the present moment, a short time for quiet reflection and positive intention to live a good day. It is a … Continue reading Celebrating Grandparents and More!

Authentic and magical rural experience!

Dear Friends, This morning is representative of many August Sunday mornings in Atenas for me. I am fascinated by the songs of several species of birds that I have been observing for the past few years. I am trying to commit their sounds to memory so I can talk about them with other (more serious) … Continue reading Authentic and magical rural experience!