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When is enough, enough?

One of my best friends in Denver has been getting a lot of cardiac tests lately because of some things that showed up on routine exams.  At first they were worried he might have pulmonary hypertension. Not a diagnosis that people want to face. This has been going on for a few weeks.  He finally […]

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Walking among the people

One of my favorite pastimes on sunny days is watching folks walk by, lost in their private thoughts, with everybody else, and the street, and the weather, and the architecture, and the time of day and the quality of light as background. I am always delighted walking among them, and always thankful for the brief […]

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A fish by any other name

Back in the early 1980s, I was living in New York City. At the time, fish on the menu was ho-hum, usually a tasteless, overcooked filet. Suddenly, Chilean Sea Bass appeared and was all the rage, commandng a pretty high price. Why had no one ever bothered with it before? Maybe because the original name […]

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Shopping at the mercado: What’s not to like?

I do most of my shopping at Mercado 10 de Agosto on Calle Larga, and what’s not to like? The moment I step into the market I am bombarded with voices echoing off the rafters, children playing games of tag, and shoppers busy poking, and examining all manner of fresh fruits and vegetables for their […]

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Brian Buckner: The story of an artist

Editor’s Note: Brian Buckner’s photographic exhibition, “Decisive Moment: Hidden Jewels of the Andes” opens Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Museo de la Ciudad, corner of Gran Colombia and Benigno Malo. The exhibit continues through July 31. By Edie Buckner Everyone loves a good story, and some of the best ones are true. […]

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Is it hot in here or is it just me?

I’m sitting here looking out the windows and it is finally a beautiful sunny day here in Cuenca.  But I can’t go enjoy it because I’ve got to sit here and write this now. Because, due to editorial priorities this week, I have to turn this column in today.  But I shouldn’t be complaining, because […]

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Parque Calderón: For more than 400 years, it’s been the heart and soul of Cuenca

By David Morrill and Deke Castleman Most foreign visitors start their tour of Cuenca at Parque Calderón and many expats pass through the park on a daily basis. Travelers and residents accustomed to plazas in other parts of the world are often pleasantly surprised at the lack of beggars looking for a handout. In addition, Parque Calderón has an almost […]

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Ducks on the pond in paradise

The hectic schedule of the last few weeks was beginning to weigh on me. I wanted a break, but since I still have deadlines to meet, I figured, what could be better than to spend an afternoon in Cuenca’s Parque El Paraiso?   Here is my report: The surface of the lake reflected ripe dandelions. […]

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If you harbor body hate and body love, which will you feed?

As a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, I’m privileged to have as colleagues some of the most accomplished Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). Our guest columnist this week is an expert dietitian/nutritionist who, in her words, is, “On a mission to serve the breast cancer community through education and inspiration to “BITE Back” […]

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En El Comienzo

Editor’s note: A photography exhibition by Brian Buckner, titled Momento Decisivo, Joyas Ocultas de los Andes, opens Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Museo de la Ciudad, corner of Gran Colombia and Benigno Malo, in El Centro. The exhibit continues to July 31. How did it happen? What got things started? Did anyone […]

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Expat landmark Inca Lounge and Bistro lives up to its reputation

Remember that DVD that came out three or four years ago: “Live or Retire Overseas – Cuenca, Ecuador”? If not, you can borrow my copy. It was a locally-made video featuring interviews with a number of expats sharing their experiences of living in Cuenca. One segment of that video was an interview of the two […]

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