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Walking to Ugíjar

Every morning while Susan and I are sipping coffee and waiting for sunrise, the street lights of the white villages beckon us from the coastal mountain range across the valley.  The largest village, in the …

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Castañas Asadas or Roasted Chestnuts

We’re all familiar with the December classic that begins, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”  Funny thing, I didn’t know the song is titled “The Christmas Song,” neither did I realize that roasting chestnuts was …

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Morning coffee

I was on my second cup of coffee at the Starbucks in downtown Corvallis Oregon when I noticed a cute woman walking a pair of dogs.  It was Friday morning the day after Thanksgiving. That …

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Granadas (Pomegranates) in Granada Province ES

Pomegranate season is officially over in the Alpujarra.  When we arrived in late October we had only a couple of weeks to get our fill of these extraordinary fruits.  Most of the beautiful fall foliage …

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Ashes to the Universe

“Old friends cannot be created out of hand… For years we plant the seed, we feel ourselves rich; and then come other years when time does its work and our plantation is made sparse and …

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Tranquil the Whole Day Through

Our casita here in Mairena has a south facing terrace.  It’s a pleasant place.  I especially enjoy watching as clouds across the valley arise, linger for a while, and then fade. The quiet spectacle always …

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1st Impressions: Mairena, an Alpujarran Pueblo

We’ve been in Mairena Spain for just over a week having arrived a few hours before the borders closed between the autonomous communities in yet another attempt to control the pandemic.  This tiny village has …

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Joy is Good Enough

With time looking both more precious due to the pandemic and more endless during the recent lockdown,  I decided to take up a new activity: oil painting.  It was actually round three for me. Once …

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Vitamin D and Me

I’ve been reading a lot about the relationship of Vitamin D and Covid-19 complications in the news.  I imagine you have too.  I think it all got started when Dr. Fauci (the director of the …