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In the case of this young doctor, Venezuela’s loss is Cuenca’s gain

Daniel Avila arrived at the bus station early. His entire family joined him, but only as far as the station. He held the only tickets that would allow him to travel to Ecuador via the Venezuela / Colombia highway. Hours later, when his bus arrived at the Colombia border, he joined his fellow travelers in […]

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Dietary supplements — are they safe?

Caveat Emptor! As reported in Ars Technica, in the U.S. alone there more than 90,000 vitamin and dietary supplements available as pills, powders, tinctures, drinks, and bars. These products carry a myriad of claims including stronger bones, quick weight loss, “effortless” muscle building, improved digestion, more energy, and of course, better sex. In February 2015, […]

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‘Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values’ *

I drank my coffee black today.  In fact I’ve been drinking it black since Thanksgiving.  After over 40 years of drinking it with cream, I’m drinking it black (well, there was a short period in my life when I suffered with powdered creamer that my company insisted on buying instead of cream or milk, so […]

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More on the gig economy: There’s a difference between existing and living

CuencaHighLife reader Karl Sweetman submitted an op-ed piece, Of typewriters, buggy whips and slide rules, recently that received wide readership and many comments. The article itself was very well composed, orderly and, unfortunately, a clear presentation of a point of view I find very unsettling it its moral and ethical implications, fraught with real danger. […]

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Is raw always better? Surprising facts you need to know

Author’s note: This is the second of three columns on fruits and vegetables. The first column covered the truths and myths about ‘juicing’, and the third will offer top tips for minimizing possible exposure to synthetic pesticides on fruits and vegetables. According to the World Health Organization, the incidence of non-communicable diseases are directly linked […]

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El Wiki

He’s a joker, he protects. He dances with his small “look-alike” guaga, moving through the crowd with both grace and abandon. He steals your hat and wears it for a minute before sailing it back to you. He grabs your girlfriend and kisses her as you stand by helplessly. The crowd roars with laughter. He […]

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Saturated fat — good or bad for you?

By Susan Burke March, MEd, RDN, CDE  Is saturated fat good for you? Are burgers and butter better for you than polyunsaturated seed oils or monounsaturated fats like olive oil? As reported in the New York Times, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggested that saturated fats have been wrongly demonized as […]

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Stupid is as stupid does

“Stupid is as stupid does.” I always loved that line from Forrest Gump.  It says what it says without any confusion or misrepresentation of fact.  Lately, I see more and more of that here and it makes me wonder: Do these people know they’re being stupid or are they so stupid they can’t see it? […]

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As the ‘gig economy’ gains momentum what does it mean for workers?

A recent article in CuencaHighLife focused on local taxi drivers fighting the internet-based gig economy as represented by Uber, Cabify and InDriver. On a larger scale, the taxistas’ fight reflects a worldwide conflict that leaves many to ask what this “gig” business model means for workers. The seeming inevitability of gigs overrunning the countryside, even […]

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Eat your fruits and vegetables — even if they’re not organic?

When it comes to food safety, there are some things we can control, and others we can’t. As reported by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, health experts agree that North Americans (and by extension, all people who consume the typical SAD diet (the Standard American Diet)) consume too few fruits and vegetables for […]

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Christmas photo contest

The editors of CuencaHighLife and Cuenca Dispatch cordially invite you to join our first photography contest and exhibit, Christmas in Cuenca. Please submit up to four of your personal photos expressing the holiday season — black and white or color — to Robert Bradley at robert@cuencahighlife.com before December 15. The editorial and photographic staff will […]

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