March 16, 2020

 Nature lives; Take care of it; It is yours

The sign may be weathered & worn, but the message is timely...and timeless. Medellin and all parts of the Aburrá Valley have parks and public spaces that are protected and convenient for the 3.5 million souls who live here. Th...

February 22, 2020

Starting a Whole Foods Plant Based No Oil (WFPBNO) journey can seem daunting. Here are a few tips we've found helpful that can start you out. Remember, it's a process. My wife and I jumped into the new menu right away. That doesn't mean everyone can. If you manage to e...

February 8, 2020

 WFPB Dinner: Sunday 2/2/2020

WFPB(NO) = Whole Food Plant Based(No Oil). We've been eating this way for several months, and for us the difference is remarkable. First a disclaimer. We're not mounting a soapbox. There'll be no preaching, no proselytizing. We're not missi...

January 26, 2020

 The drugs I take today

A different kind of blog, more an update on a previous post than otherwise. This one concerns my heart attack two years ago, and the life changes that have taken place since. Mostly, it's about the drug regimen I was tethered to, the array of dru...

January 10, 2020

El Alumbrado is for kids of every age

This post will be almost solely pictures. The holiday lights draped across the Aburrá valley, nearly 30 million of them this year, (!) along with 32,000 hand made figures, formed the 2019 El Alumbrado, the festival of lights. T...

January 6, 2020

El Niño in the park. Medellin's bright future

Inscription: "Despite the fear of those years, between bombs and bullets, we continue to find ourselves living and dreaming. We keep hope alive for the future."

The Inflexion Park in Medellin was created to change the focus t...

December 27, 2019

 Many memories; One flower

The memory wall at Medellin's new Parque Inflexión is riven with 46,612 perforations. Each puncture represents a life ended by drug violence over the terrible 30+ years that convulsed Medellin. Parque Inflexión offers family and friends of vic...

December 21, 2019

As I write this, it is December 21st 2019. Yesterday morning my wife and I were honored to attend the dedication of a public park. This is no ordinary park, but is instead a sacred site of hopes, dreams, and aspirations. It's a park dedicated to both the memory of past...

December 7, 2019

Beetles as far as the eye can see!

Close to our apartment in Medellin is a new VW dealership. It's so new, in fact, that taxi drivers don't know it's there yet. When we ask them 'sabes la nueva empresa para vender Volkswagen?' they shake their heads no. Recently the dea...

October 12, 2019

 In the cockpit of a Lockheed C-17

Space available (SA) travel is a benefit offered to retired military members, people such as myself, and their spouses. My wife and I can travel worldwide with the U.S. Air Force, for free, with certain caveats & restrictions, and with...

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