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Green Mango & Avocado Salsa

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By Bill Dwyer

It’s green mango season! The mango tree in our back yard is heavy with new fruit right now. Looks like a bumper crop this year.

Not everyone is aware that green, unripe mangos are not only edible but preferred by many in the tropical countries where mangos are cultivated. In India they are cooked into chutneys. In southeast Asia they are sliced and pickled, or simply eaten as snacks after dipping them in fish sauce or soy sauce. Here in Latin America, a wide variety of salsas and salads use green mangos as a main ingredient. In season, green mangos can be found at farmers’ markets and greengroceries. Sometimes you may spot a street vendor selling small plastic bags of green mango slices, which people live to snack on in the heat of the day.

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Times Table * HablAR = TO speak/TO talk

HablA=  TO speak/TO talk

I          habl o

you, s/he, it          habl a

we          habl amos

you all, they          habl an

I am pretty sure you know why this verb is important…  Right!  It is important because it is the pattern that you follow when you have to conjugate hundreds of –AR verbs. 

Spanish Pura Vida

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That’s Fishin’ – April 2014

Big OneBy Sarah Munro

A-Mazing. That’s one of the words you could use to describe the fishing here, and aren’t you lucky to be here, in the middle of one of our hottest fishing seasons EVER. 

It’s insane really, new Tournament World Records, boats calling in on average 30 sailfish daily. Numbers as high as 50, continue to shatter the season. Recreational boats are doing fantastic as well, with numbers averaging 10 Sailfish per day. Marlin are heating up a bit, and the inshore action is spot on friends. Spot on.

It was a beautiful morning in Paradise: I got to have breakfast with 20 scarlet macaws!

scarlet macawBy Pat Cheek

The temporary guests of Gaia Hotel and Nature Preserve are learning how to adapt to our area before being released.  This reintroduction project began with the construction of a huge cage that is large enough to allow the birds to fly as some did not know how on arrival. The Scarlet Macaw has been sighted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) which lists endangered species regardless of their location, as warranting protection and recommends they be added to the Endangered Species List as well as 3 other species of macaws. There is a fine of $13,000 for keeping a Scarlet Macaw in captivity in Costa Rica.

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1st Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release Conference in Costa Rica

Monos TitiBy Pia Martin, DVM, Wildlife Vet for KSTR 

Kids Saving the Rainforest wants to invite the whole Quepos Community to come, participate, and support the First Ever Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release Conference in Costa Rica. 

It will take place from August 7 through the 11th, with participation of around 200 people from all over the country. We will have fieldtrips, presentations, posters, and workshops. To be a sponsor and support this exceptional event please write to congresorescate@gmail.com, your help from $50 to $5000 will indeed help save the lives of many wild animals and help to release them back into the wild.  

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Bone Horses Come to Life

Bone HorsesBy Jim Parisi

Halfway through reading Lesley Poling Kempes’ second novel, “Bone Horses”, I realized that there was something drawing me into the storyline besides the wonderful storyline. Yes, I have a place in my heart for the New Mexico region where the novel takes place and Lesley’s writing makes the geography a character in the novel. But that’s not it. I grew up in a small town full of small-town characters similar to Agua Dulce, the fictional town that this novel is centered around. But that’s not it, either.

I finally realized that it is Lesley’s incredible character development that makes her story so tangible and comfortable for the reader to fall into. Every person in this novel has depth: not just the half-dozen main characters, not just the Good Guys and The Bad Guy. Although I must say the authoress did a wonderful job with the Bad Guy.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music
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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – April 2014

ariesARIES - March 21-April 19

You will be drawn to a snazzy sofa and chair set which will go well in your lounge – however the coverings will wear out suddenly three days after the guarantee.


taurusTAURUS - April 20-May 20

Puddings with currants are well starred after the 16th but only if eaten with a counterclockwise spoon movement.


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