Dave Nelson

David Nelson, spent 30 years growing up and getting educated in Oregon before moving to the Oakland, California and the East Bay area, where he practiced worker’s compensation law, representing injured workers, for 40 years. When he retired from his legal practice, he worked another nine years as a part-time gardener before moving to Cuenca.
Pain, recovery and a reckoning, then new Covid rules

Pain, recovery and a reckoning, then new Covid rules

Surprise!!  Perhaps it is a stretch to say, after a five month hiatus, that I am still writing my Cuenca Notes but here I am and that is what it feels like to me. For those who are interested, here are some notes about my life in the interim. In December my doctor added Somazina to my minimal...

The caste system that perpetuates racial inequality

The caste system that perpetuates racial inequality

For many years I have believed there is systemic racism in the U.S. regarding our Black population. The needless deaths of Blacks at the hands of the police, the many detailed stories over the years about the day-after-day demeaning treatment that Blacks have always been subjected to and now,...

Those who listen and cooperate will thrive

Those who listen and cooperate will thrive

I look at Facebook daily and it is distressing to continually see the labels socialist, radical and now “Marxist” used as epithets, thrown at any idea or activity that does not have its imprimatur from the right. Not a word of discussion about the idea itself. I am referring specifically to the...

One expat’s quarantine reading list

One expat’s quarantine reading list

I have always been a reader, taught to read by my mother before I started school in 1935, and have continued to read, although not as ardently as some. So, in these times of  quarantine at home, I offer some of the books I have read over the past couple of years, that I rate in the range of very...

An expat’s reawakening

An expat’s reawakening

I woke up on November 13 and, as I lay in bed before getting up, I realized that  something was different. I felt alert and very alive but I had had the feeling many times before over the past three years and those feelings quickly reverted to the plodding normality of my morning routine. But this...

Consider the power of a hug

Consider the power of a hug

I grew up in a small town, Tillamook, on the Oregon coast in the 1930's and 40's in an intact family of mother, father and three evenly spaced boys. Aside from the normal disagreements within a growing family there were no major disruptions. We were friendly and polite but kept an emotional...

Ruminations on turning ninety

Ruminations on turning ninety

Over the years my birthday has become unimportant to me. It is just another day in my life, to be treated like any other day, with the utmost attention that I am able to muster. I do appreciate the sincerity of the “Happy Birthday” greetings that come my way but it is difficult for me to see...

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