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Meet Our Landowner Sponsors

During the 15th anniversary year of the Titi Conservation Alliance (TCA), we feel it is important to recognize the many people and organizations who have supported our projects over the years. From the founding members who legally created the organization to the staff and volunteers, all have had an important impact on improving the habitat of the Titis (and other species as well). This month we would like to especially recognize the landowners who have given their approval to allow us to plant and maintain trees on their property. Many people do not realize that not only do the sponsors “give up” some land but also incur significant out of pocket expenses such as fencing, weeding, and fertilizer so that the young trees can survive the critical first 3 years after planting.

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Spanish Sucks by Os¡Hola amigos!  ¿How are you guys doing?  With this issue I am accomplishing my article number 50!!!!!  I remember when I said to myself:  “When I accomplish fifty articles I am gonna write an e-book”.  Well, it’s on my list now…

50th lesson!Today, I am gonna share with you some of the links of some of the most inspirational TED Talks I have watched about learning languages.

Some of them have influenced me and/or my methodology of teaching, some of them (quite my favorite ones) have changed my point of view about learning languages and/or why to learn languages.  ANY LANGUAGE.

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That’s Fishin’ – July 2016

Fishing on the Good Day

Fishing on the Good Day

By Sarah Munro

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is the promised land of fishing. I remember my first few trips to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. I was always disappointed. Where was the green? Where was the epic bite that we heard of? Through a friend, I found the right spot and changed my plans to come here, 4 years ago. Of course my first trip included days on the water, and that’s all it took. Three months later, I had moved here. People always ask, why did you move here? The answer is always the same—for the fishing.

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Design Wise – July 2016

Lighting by Shelagh Duncan

“Light is the first element of design; without it there is no color, form, or texture.”  Thomas E. Farin – educator, lighting consultant, entrepreneur

Dining roomLighting is such an important part of our lives, and one we take for granted most of the time. For me, I love lighting fixtures. They are like jewellery for the home!

Visually, light fixtures can add style to your home, and in practical terms the lighting you choose can effectively alter the mood or ambience of a room.

We have many lighting choices available that will add that special something to a room, and make it feel complete. Lighting options range from the edgy Industrial style, to sleek Modern and Contemporary styles, and from Rustic fixtures to the latest On-Trend designs.
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Quite the Contrary

By Todd Pequeen

I expand my possibilities in life by cultivating the opposite in myself. When I was young I did not have much choice. As an adult I do, and so I use my free will to be the antagonist from within. I understand that no matter how correct I think my decisions are, or how black and white a situation seems, there are always shades of grey or layers of circumstance that I may be unaware of. This requires humility beyond the four decades of lessons I have learned. A set frame of mind can be my own worst enemy. Cultivating the opposite moves my life towards the pursuit of liberation. Freedom from all lesser pursuits (that often revolve around money, food, sex, and power) can be greatly empowering. The value of seeking change and enlightenment enriches my days beyond what I have previously dreamed.

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Fiddlin’ Around – July 2016


By Nancy Buchan

Rarely are health issues or our physical or mental well-being topics for songwriters or poets. We all know that life isn’t fair, that there is no justice in the world, and as Jim Morrison said, “No one here gets out alive!” Well, I did know a lawyer once who named his golden retriever ‘Justice’, just so he could feel like he had some in his life I guess. And why is it folks are always saying they’re sick as a dog? Even Aerosmith has a rocker with that title, though I’m not real sure what they’re singing about. “Sick as a dog, what’s your story? Sick as a dog, umm, cat got your tongue? Sick as a dog, you’ll be sorry—Sick as a dog, cause you really ain’t that young.” But most of the time songwriters stay clear of those gloomy and dire medical themes, universal though they may be. Of course there are always tasteless exceptions, like ACDC’s song The Jack, where they are really talking about getting the clap, or Joe Jackson’s blunt song Everything Gives You Cancer. Ted Nugent, who is often inappropriate, has a song called Cat Scratch Fever, Led Zeppelin put out a song in 1975 called Sick Again, and Van Halen sang Somebody Get Me a Doctor. New Orleans R & B artist Huey ‘piano’ Smith wrote a rollicking catchy tune called Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu in 1957, which was later a hit for Johnny Rivers. “I wanna jump but I’m afraid I’ll fall—I wanna holler but the joint’s too small. Young man’s rhythm’s got a hold of me too—I got the rockin’ pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu”. 

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Releasing Orphaned Sloths Back into the Rainforest

An adult female wild 3-toed sloth eating near the soft release site.

An adult female wild 3-toed sloth eating near the soft release site.

By Sam Trull

Sometimes people ask us why and how we release orphaned sloths and why are they orphaned in the first place.  We believe sloths deserve a second chance to be wild and that preventing harm to wild sloths from human encroachment is a priority. Here is our philosophy on this very important subject.

Why release? How do we know that they are ‘fit’ to live in the wild again? How do we know they deserve to live in the wild and weren’t rejected from their mothers for a reason? Are we playing god?

We aren’t playing god and we aren’t changing the natural evolutionary process that sloths have mastered over millions of years. Sloths require rescuing, in the first place, because of human encroachment on their natural habitat. Our goal is to right the wrongs that have been placed upon these wild populations. In Manuel Antonio we have witnessed, on many occasions, human disturbances causing separation from mom. Loud noises from a chain saw that cause mom to retreat to a part of the tree that baby can’t follow; tree trimming while a mom and baby duo were in the tree that caused baby to fall; dog attacking mother but baby surviving. These are just a few of the obvious reasons babies can be separated from their mothers. But there are also less obvious factors from the change in the availability of natural resource, all caused from human encroachment to their environment. It may sometimes be natural for mothers to abandon babies but those unfortunate creatures who are born with lethal defects are more likely to not survive being rescued nor are they likely to survive the rehab process. The rehab process is not easy and it’s not a guarantee of survival. Sloths still need to be relatively ‘fit’ in order to successfully conquer the hardships of captivity.
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Battling with the Africanized Bees

My struggle with what has been called the most successful biologically invasive species ever to plague the western hemisphere.

By Jack Ewing

beeHacienda Barú Lodge has been in operation since 1990, and I thought that I had experienced all of the problems that could possibly confront a hotel manager. That was until one warm March evening in 2012 when a swarm of africanized bees invaded one of our guest rooms. The guests had returned to their room about 6:30 pm and found it full of bees. The first hotel employee they encountered was the guard who they told about the problem. He went to see for himself and called the office on his radio.

“There are a lot of bees in #24” he told me.

“How many is a lot?” I asked, “10, 20, 50?”

“Oh no, lots more; I mean that there are 1000’s of bees in #24.”

“I’ll be right there,” I said, and headed out the door.

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Maki Sushi

Maki SushiBy Desiree Brassert

These are surprisingly easy to make. The key is in the sweet vinegar rice. Sushi rice should stickier then usual so don’t fret if it looks like too much cooking liquid.

Makes 4 maki or 32 bite size pieces

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Kids Saving the Rainforest & Blue Banyan Inn Symbiosis

Blue Banyon InnDid you know that Kids Saving the Rainforest manages a Bed & Breakfast to help raise funds to save the rainforest and wildlife in the area?

We realize that very few people do! KSTR has been managing the Blue Banyan Inn (BBI) for over 3 years now!

BBI (www.bluebanyaninn.com) consists of 3 luxury cottages with a panoramic view of the mountains, a spectacular swimming pool, and a beautiful restaurant for daily breakfasts, just10 minutes from Maxi Pali, 15 minutes from Quepos and Marina and 30 minutes from the National Park/main beach.

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Patient 25

shambling through paradiseI was getting this occasional pain in my solar plexus, usually after eating. It was a sharp and constant pain, and the most comfortable position during these episodes was standing. I would check my pulse, which was always a steady 60 or so beats a minute. I would google cancers of the stomach, colon, pancreas and liver and read over and over the symptoms, and reassure myself that I had none of the above, while my midsection felt like someone was applying  pressure with something hard and pointed. Usually the pain receded within a few hours. One day the pain came and would not go away.

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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – July 2016

By Scott Cutter

The first rains have come and gone, veranillo de San Juan is upon us, and as always, our Marina team is making sure that the community of Quepos is a part of this project’s daily energy, growth and culture. There is lots to report, so here we go!

Slip Expansion

Our Second phase dock expansion is fully underway at this time and anyone visiting the marina has probably taken notice of the large barge which we have on site. This is not a new pleasure cruiser, but a working barge which is laying all the pilings which are the base for our new floating docks at the project. As we have outlined in previous Quepolandia editions, the expansion is going to more than double or linear footage of dockage at the project with a total of 91 new slips, which we will be operational in December. This expansion is going to be attracting a lot more investment, tourism and opportunities for our community.

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Letty Anderson

Letty: you are dearly missed

Letty Anderson, longtime Quepos resident and bassist in a number of local bands, died on May 9, 2016 from endometrial cancer. She was 72. She described herself as a “Bassist, economist and feminist. In that order,” though the song of her life played out the other way round.

Young LettyShe was born Letty Donaldson, the daughter of the local district attorney in East Peoria, in central Illinois. Though the youngest and smallest of three children, she had no trouble sticking up for herself. According one family story, she and her sister Cindy got into a fight one morning before school, and in a melee of swinging fists, she gave her sister a black eye. After her sister went to tell mom, the two of them fought again — at which point Letty gave Cindy a second black eye.

When they weren’t fighting, the sisters were singing when they should have been sleeping. Cindy beat out the time on the dresser between their beds, and made Letty sing while holding her ears. Gradually Letty was able to let go of her ears and stay on tune. Letty took accordion lessons when she was barely big enough to hold one, and from there taught herself to play piano and guitar. Read More…

¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – July 2016

July 2016 coverBienvenidos/Welcome to Quepolandia! Our rains have returned and we are about a 100 shades of GREEN…Yes we love RAIN here in the rainforest and hope that you can work your plans    around it…our little corner of  Paradise has everything you need from exciting TOURS and delicious FOOD of all types…so get out and make some memories!…This Que Pasa will be a little different than usual as we have some really BIG NEWS…Quepolandia has changed hands and is starting a new chapter it is also celebrating its 18th year in PRINT! Pretty amazing!  I have decided the time was right to change my status from owner to retired but it is bittersweet as I have immensely enjoyed my 7 ½ yrs as Quepolandia Pat…I am so thankful for the experience and this amazing community for its continued support of this one & only publication that Ana Lyons began with stapled, copied B/W 10 pages ..to what it has grown to be…it is time for new ideas and energy! I am happy to announce the new owner is Dave Bolger, 6 yr. ex-pat resident from New Jersey…he will be working hard to bring you a new and exciting Quepolandia & begin this new chapter…I wish him much continued success and fun with his new career…I can’t leave without thanking Paul Rees, layout & design, who has been with me since our first issue and taught me so very much, Paul, you are what I will miss about deadline! Paul will be staying with the Q and for now it looks like Karma gets to hold her” korner” as needed…since I’m lousy at long good byes… thanks for a wonderful time and know that y’all are very special to me…ciao for now……..P

NOW a few words from Dave:   Well you are a tuff act to follow. I am honored to be carrying on an area tradition that I have read, shared and loved for many years. Looking forward to helping the wonderful business connect with our incredible guests. I want to thank Mari Borge for the cover photo. Please continue following on fb and Quepolandia.com Thank you Pat for being you and for everything you have done for the community. I hope to make you proud!!!

Peace & enjoy…..D

Pat, Ana & Dave

Pat, Ana & Dave


Reforestation & Monkey Bridges



By Elena Crouch
Social Media intern, Student of Northeastern University

For an organization that in 2015 alone, has rescued over 218 animals and planted over 7,000 trees since they began, it’s hard to believe the modest roots of Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR). KSTR was started over seventeen years ago by two nine-year old girls whose mothers lived in Manuel Antonio. The two girls, Janine and Aislin, were witnessing the steady destruction of the rainforest in their backyard and decided to create their own organization and make a change. KSTR began as a reforestation organization, and has since grown tremendously and has developed into four main projects: reforestation, the monkey bridge program, the KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary, and the KSTR Wildlife Rescue Clinic.

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