Dear Friends, The gentle breeze reminded me that the transition period in our country has begun. My advice this morning is the same as other Sundays: get out early, move your body in gratitude and let the sun's rays on your skin activate the chemical reactions that help meet our daily Vitamin D requirement. I … Continue reading Lots to Enjoy!
Dear Friends, The air outside is gently moving the still-green leaves on the trees. We are welcoming November, my favorite month in this beautiful paradise I call home. It is the month of sugar cane flowers, transitional rains and a reminder that the year is coming to an end. I love the rain and the … Continue reading Old Harbour (Puerto Viejo), Limón
Dear Friends, The dawn chorus awakened me this morning. Instead of jumping out of bed, I spent some minutes admiring the sturdy wooden beams that adorn our ceiling. Through the window, I beheld the web-like pattern the fluffy white clouds were making against the beautiful blue sky. I breathed deeply, aware that Nature's magic is … Continue reading An Absurd Reality
Dear Friends, A beautiful Sunday greets me. I breathe in deeply and allow my eyes to absorb the inviting scene that surrounds me. I feel blessed to wake up to another day and be in the presence of the majestic mountains that have been part of untold sunrises and sunsets. If the mountains had eyes, … Continue reading Celebrating Life!
Dear Friends, A hazy, chilly morning greets me today. It reminds me of fall in New York, what I consider the "serious part of the year" because it begins to wind down. October shows off Nature's colors in my surroundings, the verdant hills invite daydreaming and I have to remind myself to stay in the … Continue reading A Kindness Costs Nothing!
Dear Friends, It is almost 11 a.m. I welcomed this renewal Sunday by sitting on the terrace under the sun for a few minutes with our dog, Lila. I took deep breaths and observed her eating her breakfast. Spending a few minutes with her in this manner allowed me to just enjoy being alive, engaging … Continue reading Patron Saint and Senior Citizens Celebrations!
Dear Friends, The morning's sun through the blinds gently coaxed me awake this morning. I felt rested and content after having spent my Saturday in the company of friends and strangers playing Bingo in the Salon Comunal of Cataluña, part of the Tacares district of Grecia. My first cup of Atenas (of course!) coffee was … Continue reading The Prize for Solidarity!
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
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
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!