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On sewing, nostalgia and the challenges of the day

Way back in a recess of my mind I am sitting in the backyard on East 19th Street in Brooklyn and...

New (to me) feria report, and the continued joy that living in Chile brings me)

In talking about the civil unrest, this fríend of a friend asked me what it would take for me to...

Not just curtains (leaving centro/social upheaval and more)

Curtains! Not a scintillating topic. Except why do I need curtains? And why have I spent fifteen...

Don’t forget to turn your cats off, a linguistic lesson from Chile

I thought I knew about cats. Yes, cats. After 15 years in Chile, surely I know enough not to look...

8M, the International Womens’ Day March in Santiago, Chile (a commemoration, not a celebration)

"Casi me emociono" said a woman standing next to me as I used the back of my hands to dry my own...

Late March Feria Haul, so much green!

I've had a weird couple of weeks, way more out than in, in the sense of being out of Santiago. First I cycled around Lago Llanquihue, which was spectacular in every way, except for the part where I took a spill that bruised a bone which left me very limpy, but still...

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Stomach snafu vs. peppers. Anyone want to place a bet?

Food is our great connector. No matter where you go, you can start a conversation about food and nearly everyone will have something to say about it. I think it's a fair assumption, judging by Facebook and Instagram (should I be following you? please leave me your...

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The woman who saved my artichoke

A different kind of feria report. As some of you may know, as I've mentioned it here, and in real life, I'm dealing with what I have referred to as a "stomach snafu." It seems to be histamine intolerance and I won't bore you with the details, but a lot of my formerly...

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New-to-me Santiago Feria Report

Oh, the feria. If there's a constant in my life, and you are also in my life, you know I live by the feria. Cheaper fruit and veg, no long lines, and truthfully, it's just one of the joys for me of living in Chile. I am still mid-snafu re: stomach, so most of what...

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In Which Our Protagonist Makes the Most Out of Coconut

What's in a coconut? Several things conspired to make this event happen. First, a friend recently was complaining that you can't get fresh coconut in Santiago. Not true, I cried! And then set out to find them, and find them I did, in the Vega, in my case, in the...

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Street Spellcheck. What the Fock?

When I was living in DC, I worked at a publishing company, writing business-to-business compliance manuals and newsy bits about environmental law. It was a pretty big office, maybe 60-80 people, and there was a core group of folks that I would make coffee-machine...

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