Bill on March 28th, 2008

Hi, As reasonably attuned city folk we’re accustomed to the animals, and the animal sounds, that one might find in an urban setting. In a place like Takoma Park those sounds run the gamut from barking dogs and yowling cats through chattering squirrels all the way to the shrill and insistent squawk of a pileated […]

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Bill on March 21st, 2008

It turns out that there are 26 species of snake to be found on the island of Hispaniola. My previous research had confirmed that none of the 26 are poisonous, and the few snakes we’d actually encountered appeared to be friendly in a slim and green non-threatening tropical sort of way. So that’s what I […]

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Bill on March 16th, 2008

…is good news, I suppose. We just plug slowly away: paint a little, gaze out at the ocean a little, cook a bit, read some, prune a bush and then before you know it, it’s time for a hand of cards and then off to bed. None of this has gotten old, excepting maybe the […]

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Bill on March 11th, 2008

Hi, I’ve come to realize that learning a new language can involve a great deal of concentration and a fair amount of effort, or not much at all–it’s just like using English in that regard. And, just like communicating with English, paying attention seems to be the most important part. It’s easy enough to develop […]

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Bill on March 6th, 2008

Hi, Make no mistake about it, once you leave this little village everything takes a full day. Go to the bank in Samana or for a Spanish lesson and by the time you stop for lunch the day is gone. Or go to Las Terrenas for lumber, or paint or groceries at the Supermercado Lindo […]

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