Farewell to a Writer, with a capital W

I met Ross Eldridge through my online writing critique group, The Internet Writing Workshop (IWW). As a mark of his writing ability, I felt I knew him personally even though we had never met. His prolific works were always filled with life, wit, charm, and British intellect at its very best. I loved his longContinue reading “Farewell to a Writer, with a capital W”

L is for Leaving A to Z Challenge, or How I was Unable to Continue

Just a note to visitors from the A to Z blogging challenge, I have to drop out due to a family emergency. I have enjoyed this month’s challenge and will definitely  look at doing it next year. Please feel free to stay on my subscription list, I will be posting after this crisis has passed,Continue reading “L is for Leaving A to Z Challenge, or How I was Unable to Continue”

C is for calenton de cabeza.

Costarican idioms from A to Z (loosely interpreted) The verb calentar means “to heat,” so this expression means “to get angry” (hot headed). Do I have a problem with this? Ha! This has probably been my single highest hurdle living in Costa Rica. When I first arrived twenty years ago (can it have been thatContinue reading “C is for calenton de cabeza.”

B is for Bochinche

Costarican idioms from A to Z In Costa Rica, bochinche means “to mix it up” or “to fight.” But, curiously, it is also a Costarican national dish. When ordering the almuerzo, or lunch, one can order a casado or a bochinche. The only difference is the way they are presented. The casado is a combinationContinue reading “B is for Bochinche”

Write About What You Know (or, not)

 Write about what you know. That’s the advice we’ve all been given. On the surface this seems obvious, even trite, but I now know writing about what I don’t know can be vastly more intriguing and rewarding. About a year ago, I posted a blog entry about my Uncle Elliott, who was killed in theContinue reading “Write About What You Know (or, not)”