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Top 10 countries where you can live comfortably on a budget in 2019 and beyond

By Laura Begley Bloom Admit it: You often dream of quitting your job, ditching it all and moving to paradise. Guess what? That dream could be a reality. In 2018 and 2017, I looked at the best places in the world where the cost of living is so affordable that you can quit your job, retire early and stop working. These are places […]

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An alternative model for funding health care

By Rob Gray In the U.S. and most other developed nations of the world, the cost of healthcare since 1960 has skyrocketed. The principal reason for this surge in healthcare costs is not in treating the historically challenging communicable diseases and genetic disorders, but in the explosive growth of chronic disease. The U.S. Center for […]

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What if I don’t like healthy food?

By Christine Stiparo Up until the age of 28, all beer tasted the same to me. No matter if it was Natty Light or Dogfish Head 60 Minute, all I ever tasted was a mixture of bitterness and soap. I’d drink beer on occasion at parties or if I wanted a cheap drink at a […]

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There’s nothing like home cooking with friends

They say that home is where you hang your hat, and that’s certainly true for many of us expats. Grandparents and parents have passed away, and children are scattered around up north, starting their own families, creating their own homes and generating their own traditions. My hat is hung here in Cuenca with Jackie. We […]

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Línea de baile

The original intent of a photograph is determined solely by its maker. However, interpretations abound by others who have various degrees of familiarity with art. The result? The work is often described incompletely and as being or containing something other than the artists intended message. Do all photographs emerge first from the photographers mind and […]

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Tips for cooking in a microwave oven — bet you didn’t know some of them!

By Jill Nystul There’s no denying that the microwave can be a useful and highly convenient appliance. But there’s also a lot that can go wrong when you’re using an appliance that is producing powerful radiation! Just ask my youngest son Sten, who as a young child tried to microwave Cup Noodles without any water […]

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Legislation introduced in Congress would eliminate double taxation for U.S. expats

By Karen Brooks The Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act, or HR7358, introduced on December 20, represents a watershed moment for American citizens residing outside of the U.S. You can read more about the bill at Citizenship Solutions – where a draft has also been posted. The official bill should be posted on congress.gov soon. […]

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Heart-healthy diet headlines: Should you cut the carbs?

By Karen Collins Questions about carbohydrates – total amounts and particular food choices — seemed to be top-of-mind for many people when I was speaking about a heart-healthy diet at recent conferences. Studies suggesting new approaches to weight management and heart disease prevention are making headlines. And patients are asking challenging questions to health professionals […]

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Foods of the Americas: The world becomes obsessed with corn!

Editor’s note: This is the third in Michelle Bakeman’s s three-part series about maize — click here for Part 1, and click here for Part II. By Michelle Bakeman Maize moved into the agricultural landscape of Europe with ease at the start of the sixteenth century, but it occurred to few people to cultivate it for […]

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Turning the tables of world history: What if the Aztecs had conquered Europe?

By Sylvan Hardy What if the “New World” conquered the “Old World?” Instead of European conquistadors colonizing the Americas, what if explorers from the Americas sailed east and subjugated the natives of Europe? How would history have been written by the victors? These are the questions that inspired Smoking Mirror, an exhibition by Quito artist […]

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Sticks and stones

This year my niece’s husband missed Thanksgiving dinner with his wife and new four-week old son because a serious threat to U.S. National security reared its ugly head.  You see, he’s an Army pilot.  After serving two tours in Iraq as a helicopter crew chief, he was able to re-enlist straight into Officer’s Candidate school […]

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Reading beyond the headlines: Is more salt really better for you?

Has the scientific world been turned on its head? Health experts have long linked high-sodium diets to a significant risk for heart disease, hypertension, and stroke, but has a single study uncovered the “truth about salt?” Let’s read beyond the headlines. The World Health Organization, based on peer-reviewed research and in concert with health experts […]

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Niña de Saraguro

There’s much to be said for reverence and pausing to recognize another person and their condition. For me, the words “caring” and “respect” rise quickly to top of mind when I see these behaviors demonstrated. When a child expresses strong personal feelings about the things they encounter in their world, I’m always deeply moved by […]

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