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Misinformed consent? Caveat emptor!

Why are some people so susceptible to quackery? I was thinking about this recently when I spied a social media query from a local expat looking for a “natural healer” or “someone in alternative health” who had “some type of machine” that would test her. I thought, “Test her for what? Is she ill? Does […]

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Citrus for the skin, not just for eating

By Ranelle Kirchner Food waste is a huge problem. This has been true for years. In fact, we waste 150,000 tons of food per day here in America. But, the good news is, there is plenty we can do, as we cook and create, to help mitigate the effects of food waste, and cut back on the things […]

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It’s everyone else’s fault

Recently, one of our customers began to tell me how he thought International Living was a scam magazine and website because it painted a picture of how inexpensive Cuenca would be and he has found that “none of it is true.” I didn’t try to debate him on the merits or lack there of regarding […]

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Mardi Gras costume ball at Santa Canela, Writing our World Tuesday, Newcomers luncheon, New production at Azuay Community Theater

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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If you’re thinking about ‘going on a diet’, what’s the best one?

If you’re like most people, your New Year’s resolutions include eating healthier and getting more activity. Maybe you want to lose weight? If your first resolution was to “go on a diet” then what is the ‘best’ diet? Many use the word ‘diet’ as a verb, as in “restricting oneself to small amounts or special […]

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In the foggy web of destiny

I’ve been sidelined from CuencaHighLife and nearly homebound for the last few months due to a medical condition requiring ever increasing doses of morphine.  I am quite foggy-headed — disorientation and exhaustion reminiscent of how I felt while waiting for my ears to quit ringing and a sense of normalcy to return after attending a […]

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Pelando la caña

I hadn’t been in Ecuador for a very long time before I was able to put together ways for Edie and I to get to the country cheaply and easily. Our HiLux, El Fantasma, was yet to join our family. We were using city and inter-provincial buses along with mixtos to bring us to or […]

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To eat or not to eat … the tomato! A fruit once shrouded in suspicion, it wins the love of Europe

By Michelle Bakeman The following is my English translation of a poem by my favorite Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, which expresses his adoration and mine for the tomato, something foodies everywhere will appreciate. Ode to the Tomato The street was overrun with tomatoes: midday, summer, the light breaks in two tomato halves, and the juice […]

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How about some comfort food, Ecuadorian style

We all have our special comfort foods that we grew up with:  liver, spinach, beets … oops, wrong list. I’m thinking more along the lines of mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, miso soup, warm apple crisp, takoyaki (don’t ask), bread fresh out of the oven . . . (This column is paused briefly […]

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