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Phyllis Mc

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    Phyllis McNaughton
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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  1. Volunteering. In some ways, it's a tricky business. Just like a paying job, a volunteer needs to balance what they give with what is given back to them. If it isn't a good fit for some reason, then you start making excuses not to go. You're late one day, and then the following week you don't show up at all. What do the experts say about volunteering? I read a bunch of articles and took away four gems. To volunteer, find your passion, your talent, and go from there. The good folks at Amigos de Animales have been working with volunteers for a long time and most peopl
  2. As I have said before, Brandy, I will always remember your kindness to me on a personal level a few years ago, and I think what you do for babies is wonderful! Keep on keeping on!
  3. I think that one thing that restaurants might want to consider here in Boquete is that tourist season brings in a lot of customers. Rainy season can be dismal. There are few if any tourists, and restaurants need us full-time residents as customers in order to survive over the long term. Know your market. Courting Juliados can be very important to a restaurant's survival, since if they choose not to go to your restaurant during rainy season, you may very well find yourself empty much of the time. There are many restaurants in town with consistently excellent food and they are all i
  4. Volunteers in Boquete I remember as a young child (first or second grade), I got into a fight with a friend. As my mom held and comforted me, she gave me a good piece of advice for life: "You know, honey, if you want your friends to be nice to you, you have to be nice to your friends." Several months ago, I volunteered for a project with an organization, was told repeatedly that I was doing a wonderful job, and then I was fired. Abruptly. No warning. No explanation. No thank you for the work I had done. When I wrote to say how destructive this action had been to me, this organization
  5. Thank you so much. Great ideas. I will start working on them. If you have anymore suggestions, just let me know.
  6. I started writing blogs for Chiriqui.life after another creative outlet in my life was abruptly closed to me. Bud and Marcelyn had started "a free online community information forum for the exchange of ideas, the posing of questions, and the sharing of local information." What the hell, I thought, I've written on and off throughout my life, most recently for the Bajareque Times. I could start a blog. Share my wealth of knowledge (heeheeheehee). It has been a pretty good fit for me. Bud and Marcelyn are incredibly supportive and encouraging, and correct all my tech problems for me. I lik
  7. Colibri Restaurant, Something for Every Palate I have a confession. I don't invite vegan friends over for dinner. They're nice, friendly folks, but what the heck do I feed them? It's intimidating. I'm not what you would call an inspired cook to begin with and all I feel safe feeding a vegan is veggies, beans, and quinoa. That's boring. I've looked in the vegan section of a cookbook but I don't even know what seitan makhani or aloo matar is, much less be able to make it. Although matar in Spanish means kill, a bad cooking omen. Which is why I was so excited when the
  8. Is Boquete the Best? A Look at our Quality of Life When we decided to move out of the US, we visited Boquete, Panama first and decided to stay. Our instincts were right. We've been very happy here. Of course there have been glitches, but everywhere you go has glitches. The key is finding someplace to live where the benefits far outweigh the glitches. It's all very personal. One man's ceiling is another man's floor. And one woman's paradise is another woman's penitentiary. I browsed the net to find surveys that determine a town/city's quality of life, loo
  9. La Villa Open Mic Night One of the things that makes me sort of sad is when someone has a talent and doesn't use it. If you have a beautiful singing voice, you should sing. At church, in a chorale, Christmas caroling, or on stage. If you can dance well: do it. Tango lessons are currently being offered in Boquete, take them. Teach your feet and torso the dance of seduction. Are you an artist or photographer? Show your work. What's that from the Bible about hiding your light under a bushel? This past Saturday, February13th, my husband and I went to La Villa coffee shop located
  10. Hello Everyone, This is an interesting article on being bilingual and how it affects our brains. It turns out that speaking Spanglish might just be good for us. http://www.wired.com/2016/02/being-bilingual-changes-the-architecture-of-your-brain/
  11. I was in a taxi in Panama City trying to talk to the driver. I had only lived in Panama a few months at the time and the driver spoke as much English as I spoke Spanish. Not much, but some. I tried to tell him that the drivers in Panama City were crazy and that I was afraid to drive my own car. I told him:"Tengo mierda." He slapped his leg and laughed. "Shiit," he said. "Shiiiiiiiiiiit!" Mierda means shiit. Miedo means afraid. I have lots of other stories of how not to speak Spanish. I can't tell you the number of times that I said something that I thought was Spanish and a Pana
  12. A Gringo by Any Other Name A day doesn't go by that I don't read, hear or use the word gringo. I refer to myself as a gringa when talking to Panamanians. When describing a meeting she attended, my friend said it consisted of half Panamanians and half gringos. As I walked past two little Noble Bugle children, they giggled, pointed at me and chimed: “Hola gringa.” When I lived in a rental house in Volcanic, I heard my Panamanian neighbor call us “Los gringos”. There are all sorts of different versions of what the etiology of the word gringo is. Some people s
  13. Our Heads in the Clouds Several years ago, I was explaining to a friend that we had bought property in Alto Jaramillo and that it was in the rain forest. "Nope," she said. "It is in the cloud forest." "What's the difference?" "Uhm, I don't know, but Boquete is cloud forest. The lowlands are rain forest." So I looked it up. Do you know what turns out to be the big difference between a cloud forest and a rain forest? Clouds. You've all noticed them, I'm sure. You look out from a vista and see the clouds covering the land. They sit
  14. And the list keeps getting longer! Thanks everyone for adding to it. Great ideas.
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