Monthly Archives: December 2013

Navidad 2013 Old and New Homes

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The difference between this year’s Navidad holiday and next year’s-to-be seems like it will be similar to stepping from one world into another. Each of the children this year received a gift, which they will next year as well. In terms of quantity of good nutritious food to eat everyone glowed, as they will next year. In terms of love and joy experienced, next year will be a continuance of our existence and future. In short, our spiritual happiness knows no boundaries. We are the Hogar San José!

Nearing The End 15 diciembre 2013

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Gheckos are endemic to Honduras and probably to most tropical countries. These little guys hang around my window screen every night and eat the bugs attracted to the light while I work on my computer. The many bugs are also endemic to La Paz. The gheckos visit every night because they live in the building’s infrastructure. These two just fought over a bug and are staring each other down. As little as they are they can get quite ferocious, especially when fighting over a female.

Christmas Pig

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In Hispanic America, which includes the entire Western Hemisphere, killing the christmas pig is a family affair. We will be enjoying tamales and chicharrones and pork meat aplenty this year around a roaring fire, laughter, camaraderie and love. So many pleasant memories from my own California childhood transferred to my Honduran family. I am grateful.


 Tata Madiba has died.

“Only once in every century, you’ll see a man like Nelson Mandela who can actually change the world.”

Dominique Macquet

Chef and owner of Dominique’s on Magazine, who served Tata his first meal following Tata’s release after 27 years as a political prisoner of the criminal racist apartheid South African regime.

Deysi Milagro Clausura 1 Diciembre 2013

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