All posts in 'Costa Rica Ramblings'

If Everyone is Super, No One Is

Posted on June 3rd, 2019 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Reading/Writing

It’s not that I couldn’t understand his point. The scene: an outdoor dinner table, surrounded by people sharing food and coming down off a community salsa dance lesson. As we ate, one of our guests and I got into a rather impassioned conversation when he took me off-guard by saying,..
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Homesteading Goals 2018

Posted on December 28th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

Last year around this time, I broke my rule of ‘don’t tell people your goals’ and published a blog post about three things I was hoping to accomplish around our little homestead through the year. I thought that this might be an interesting time to take stock of the situation:..
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Quiet/Noisy Life

Posted on November 9th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings

This life is full of contradictions. The one that I am thinking of today has to do with noise and what that means to us. Because it is never quiet here: the river rushes steadily below us, the cicadas sing in the rainforest, the rain cascades unrelentingly through the leaves...
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Brush with a Hurricane

Posted on October 9th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Permaculture

When I was little, I loved the book “I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Solew” by Dr Seuss. If you’re not familiar with it: there is a wonderful land, Solla Sollew, on the banks of the beautiful River Wah-Hoo where they never have troubles, at least, very few. But..
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The Power of One

Posted on August 30th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Energy Medicine

Teaching a Touch for Health Retreat for One Student and What I Have Learned I didn’t want to come here to teach this class with one student. Not just because it’s financially ridiculous (which it is); but because I was concerned about the student’s experience. How would it work? Would..
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Food Obsessed Homesteading

Posted on March 12th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

It is impossible to homestead in any way without becoming kind of obsessive about food. Though I have always been a self-proclaimed nutrition-geek and chef, my day now revolves around food as never before. First thing in the morning, before I even put on the coffee (now that’s love!) there..
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Homesteading in Costa Rica, 2017

Posted on January 6th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Permaculture

2017 Homesteading Goals Normally, I subscribe to the ‘don’t tell people your goals’ school of thought. Due to my introverted nature, I prefer to work quietly behind the scenes and then appear magically with finished projects no-one saw coming. But this whole homesteading/self-sufficiency thing is new to me and I..
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How to Make Tamales – Tico Traditions

Posted on December 27th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food

Tamales are traditional Costa Rican cuisine. While the ingredients are simple, they are time consuming to make. They remind me of my Ukrainian family making perogies, women working together in an assembly line to make hundreds for a special event or holiday. Last Friday we were invited to join a..
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Expectations vs. Reality

Posted on November 24th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Health Should be Fun

…In which I meander aimlessly on the topic of money and how it’s working/not working for us in the rainforest.   It is always interesting to see what happens when expectations bump up against reality. We have been living in Costa Rica since late February and extremely few things have..
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How to get your goat pregnant in Costa Rica

Posted on October 23rd, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Permaculture

It is more difficult, and expensive, to knock up a goat than you would think. There are interesting perks and challenges implicit in attempting to farm in the jungle. I have been learning everything I can about how to take care of our animals online, but the problem with that..
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