Becoming soft hearted

My dear friend Tom told me once that I was as tough-hearted as a dude, whatever he meant by that. This was about 24 years ago and somewhere along the line, I became very soft-hearted. Looking back, I do understand where he came from. We used to date before we became best friends and that […]

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Valentines Day, gifts for her

So, we are not over the holiday gift-giving hangover when right around the corner Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on you! For those who want to prepare in advance, here are some suggestions for her. Gift cards are always a great idea for those who have been together a while. It’s easy, women love them […]

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Annus horribilis; 2016

I’ve had my share of misfortunes this year, but nothing compared to the great losses other’s have unfortunately endured. I have stood watching, sometimes hiding away from the news in fear of what misfortune was going to hit the world next. May this annus horribilis come to an end so we get some respite. There surely have […]

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Sleeping around

For the last 16 months, I have been sleeping around. And by this, I don’t mean to say I have slept with anybody! I have been staying at different friends’ homes. It has been a ride, to say the least, and I have learned a lot about love, humility, friendship and adapting to circumstances beyond […]

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I’m not giving up

My grandmother never  fell in love again after my grandfather decided to leave. He was to be her only love. I always wondered why she gave up  on love altogether. Now, I do know. She actually didn’t give up, she was a content single woman. I must admit that her hands were probably too full […]

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The end of hosting Thanksgiving dinner

  For the fifteen years that I was married I prepared Thanksgiving dinner for my friends who like us were displaced and didn’t have a family to celebrate it with. My friends were the only reason I actually celebrated Thanksgiving. I had my Peruvian, Irish, German, Thai, Spanish, Polish, friends come over and we had […]

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Cereales con Cariño: What’s really important

I’m Spanish.  My grandmother raised me alongside my father. We celebrated all those wonderful family traditions, and family gatherings filled with love. I remember our breakfasts, sitting at the table listening to the radio, which also gave us the time every minute in the middle of telling us a story. It was called Radio Minuto. […]

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