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Newcomers luncheon, University symphony, Parisian jazz singer, Meet the artists, Gringo kazoo orchestra, Scary stuff coming

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, “What’s Happening Under the Domes” highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed. This […]

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My friend’s thoughts on leaving the U.S. and moving to Cuenca

A pen pal of mine recently moved to Cuenca. We have been chatting via email for over a year, ever since he wrote to comment on a column I had written. A few months after he made the obligatory exploratory trip, he made his decision and then made the plunge. This is his story. “My […]

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Conscious dying requires freedom from the past

Editor’s note: This is the second of a multi-part series on Conscious Living and Conscious Dying. By Louis Bourgeois Conscious Dying is an extension of Conscious Living. It is a way of living fully in the present, and involves levels of freedom and happiness not normally seen in this world. We will talk about a […]

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Are chia seeds really that healthy?

What is or are chia anyway? And are they as healthy as all that? Chia is an ancient crop, native to the tropical and sub-tropical valleys of Central and South America, namely in the countries of Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador and Guatemala. According to AncientGrains.com, the Aztecs are the first recorded culture to utilize the […]

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FASEC offers palliative care and hospice services for Cuenca cancer patients

Karla Betania Sánchez Arismendi The entire community of Azuay, and in fact all of southern Ecuador can take pride, and comfort that a fully established palliative care center in Cuenca is on the cutting edge of innovative care for terminal patients, regardless of medical diagnosis, or ability to pay.  To celebrate the many achievements already […]

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Behind life’s scenes

I used to own a window manufacturing plant. It was a sizable  operation and when I liquidated my position there, we were shipping to about forty states. The jobs we sold were all large and, most often, competitively bid government contracts. One thing that always weirded me out was salesmen, my employees, who had won […]

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What to do about our toxic world when you’ve had breast cancer

Editor’s note: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. By Cathy Leman Positive action elicits positive change. While we’ll never completely rid our environment of toxins and other substances with cancer-causing potential, if we all do our small part to reduce breast cancer risk, collectively […]

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Paying tribute to Baroque era music

Photos and story by Bartley D’Alfonso  They say that when it comes to receiving good things, they can come as a feast or as a famine. Sometimes this applies to attending live concerts of classical music. But during four consecutive days starting last Thursday, and continuing to Sunday, Cuenca was overflowing with the sounds of […]

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Building strong women: A unique Cuenca expat program empowers rural communities

By Jeremiah Reardon A young indigenous woman with long black hair shaded her infant from the sun in a blanket. In her other hand, she offered packages of plastic bags for sale to traffic stopped alongside a two meter wide median dotted with stunted trees near Cuenca’s football stadium. Her four-year-old daughter watched me approach. […]

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Hanging out at Cuenca’s food carts

I can still vividly recall how much fun I had as a kid when the family would vacation in Mexico. I always loved it. The women wore flowing skirts and embroidered white cotton blouses that seemed to sashay on the slightest breeze, while mustachioed men in tight-fitting sharp suits swirled as on glass to vibrant, […]

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