A Day at the Botanical Gardens…

Sunday my friends Kevin and Susan invited me and several other friends to the Santo Domingo Jardines Botánicos (Botanical Gardens) to have turkey sandwiches. Well perhaps I should re-phrase that, it actually was Kevin’s idea, unbeknown to Susan, and as it turns out, there was no turkey left over anyway. I was…

Espectaculo Navideño!

Yesterday was the Christmas party at my children’s preschool: Maternal Montessori. The program is very good, the facility is very nice but the events they hold are nothing short of bizarre. I remember that I am in the Dominican Republic, a tropical country with Latin and African influences, where sexuality is part…

In the moment… Zen and the Dominican Republic

We never have control, it is an illusion, but in countries like the United States, the illusion is a powerful one. To be fully free of the illusion of control, to see the little man behind the curtain posing as the wizard, is an incredibly liberating experience. Come and live in the…

Snippets of Dominican Life: Disney Princess Party

Interspersed with journal-style ramblings, I have decided to start an ongoing series on my life here in the Dominican Republic beginning with one of the most bizarre events to take place: a child’s birthday party. My children are enrolled in a Montessori preschool here. I live basically on a middle class level…

History in the Making

So today is probably one of the most important historic moments of my lifetime — the 2008 presidential election where (I hope) the first African-American president will be elected. It is surreal being an ex-pat during this whole experience. It’s like I see my country both as my own and as a…

To Begin Por Fin

If I don’t just begin then there will never be the right moment, the right day, the right whatever to… just write something. I have recently discovered that I have become an addict of social networking. I have it set so that every day my browser opens to Facebook — where I…