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The balance between perseverance and patience

By Louis Bourgeois In the first part of this series on Conscious Living and Dying I referred to my early involvement with the Taoist philosophy as represented by the Tao Te Ching. I remember learning about the key principle of Wu Wei and being totally perplexed. As a young man this principle was illogical, and […]

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Ruminations on social media comments and writing in general

By Beau Chaummers Back from Medellin and feeling cantankerous. Some of us count Facebook and other social media among our principal hobbies and pastimes. I confess that I am one. This has led me to catalog some of my thoughts and pet peeves on the topic. First, some observations about Facebook groups: As the membership […]

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The Galapagos: Charles Darwin’s preservation project recommits this gringo to sustainability

I can’t imagine a world where Charles Darwin had not visited the Galapagos Islands. Without the mystique and significance Darwin’s work bestowed on the archipelago, it’s likely that these beautiful islands would now be a collection of overbuilt resorts, waters churning with Waverunners and super yachts. In fact, the islands, a thousand kilometers west of […]

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Aquafaba: A ‘magical’ substitute for eggs?

Are you a frugal chef? If you’re making hummus from canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), don’t throw away the drained water — that ‘bean juice’ is called aquafaba, and it’s got a lot going for it! According to the McGill University Office for Science and Society, aquafaba is an amalgamation of the Latin words for water […]

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Cuenca’s Granja Integral Learnaya: Organic farming in Ecuador at its best

“Organically grown?  What exactly does that mean?” I asked. My host replied, “The dictionary defines organic as relating to or derived from living matter. It means that every component of food production is working with live compounds. The seed is from a living parent,  and the soil is full of active living matter derived from, […]

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Precision health helps identify which breast cancer patients are at risk for recurrence

By Krista Conger Some breast cancers return decades later. Now, researchers at Stanford, joined by collaborators at several other institutions, have subcategorized tumors to predict recurrence, guide treatment decisions and improve drug development. Molecular data obtained from breast cancer cells can be used to predict which patients are at a high risk for recurrence even […]

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Bandwidth is the new ‘black’

While Baby Boomers migrate south in search of high fiber breakfast burritos, their tech-savvy offspring migrate in search of a different kind of fiber: strands of glass carrying high bandwidth internet. Tired of that open office? Suffering from cubical cramps? Maybe you should pack up your laptop and ramble. In my retirement travels I’m finding […]

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A day like any other

I have been spending a fair amount of time at Hospital de Especialidades José Carrasco Arteaga (IESS) of late. The trip is now a well-oiled track. I walk from San Sebastian Plaza to the headwaters of Calle Larga and catch the #13 bus. After a  mere twenty-five minutes of serpentine turns, boisterous honking,  and stop-‘n-go […]

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Need eggs? Come to Cuenca!

Author’s Note: This is Part II of my egg series. To read Part I, click here. In 2015 the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new Dietary Guidelines. Reflecting current research, they dropped the 1960s-era blanket advisory to limit dietary cholesterol to 300 mg per day or less. The 2015-2020 guidelines reflected current science that shows […]

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The evolution of consciousness reveals our role of service to the Divine

By Louis Bourgeois This series is my best attempt to bring into perspective a lifetime of study, observation, and experience. It has been my life’s work, now some 45 years since clear guidance at the age of 21 propelled me on a journey of personal development and eventual awakening. Self realization is one term used […]

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Camaraderie

It was early in the morning, barely light out, as the lapping sounds of a rising tide grew more demanding. The ocean’s water was beginning  to flow into some backwater areas near the end of the beach. I kept walking, threading my way among the sinew like mangrove roots that reached up to snarl my […]

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Trekking with the llamas on the Capac Ñan, the Royal High Road of the Incas

By Hugh Thomson Climbing from the ancient Peruvian pilgrimage site of Chavín, we pass fields of quinoa flowering purple in a last burst of energy before they are harvested. There are bunches of maize hanging from the farmhouse rafters in shades of gold and red, and the small village plaza has plants that would not […]

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