Beware of Elves

I've been here in Chile almost three weeks now. It's been a quiet time of visiting with friends and getting my feet on the ground. When I say quiet, I mean mostly "silent." Compared to my old apartment, which is just a couple of blocks away, this fifth-floor apartment...

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Foreign, but Familiar

Dateline: Santiago de Chile It's Saturday night. I'm watching a cooking show on Chilean TV and catching about every third word. My Spanish is a little rusty. The show's hosts are down in southern Chile, in Puerto Varas, sampling Torta de Murta. It looks pretty darned...

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Happiest of Birthdays, Sir Paul

After a shopping trip last week, I sat in the car to look over the bill. My visits to Walmart usually aren't very costly, but this bill seemed high. I mentally tallied each item. The blood pressure cuff that I'd thought was $28 turned out to be $45. Must have been...

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Dishabille

Last Tuesday, when I went down to my apartment lobby to check the mail, another woman was there at the same time. Sigi's* a little German lady who's probably lived here since the building opened back in the '60's. I was a little taken aback that she was standing there...

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My Theory of Travel

Ever since working in the travel industry, I've had a theory about travel. Today, a friend invited me on an impromptu drive up toward Santa Fe. It was a bright, sunny day, perfect for a nearby jaunt. She asked about my French class. Last week, the teacher had told me...

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The Dreaded DMV

I'd been thinking, before I start traveling again, that I should go ahead and change over my New York driver's license to New Mexico. I was hesitant to do it because (A) my NY license was good for one more year, (B) it was hard to get, and (C) I'm pretty certain that...

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Happy Mother’s Day

Last week, I started taking a French class. I've always wanted to learn French. A thousand years ago, I went to college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I transferred there as a sophomore and didn't have the option of preregistering for classes beforehand. During the normal...

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What’s on Your Bucket List?

Last week, on the first anniversary of my son's death, I took a little trip. I flew to Kansas City to visit friends. They showed me warm hospitality and took me on a tour of a place that I've wanted to visit for a long time, Unity Village. I haven't written out a...

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My Pysanky Eggs

Years ago, the first time I lived in Albuquerque, I took a class and learned how to make pysanky*, Ukrainian Easter eggs. This was back in the days before Hobby Lobby. I'd noticed a small craft store on San Mateo, between the wig shop and the scuba shop, or maybe the...

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