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Quirky Marley Tribute

Tribute to a Reggae LegendBy Jim Parisi

Putumayo Music recently took a step away from its customary formula of regional and stylistic compilation albums to give us a tribute to the music of one man, the great reggae progenitor Bob Marley. Few people have made the kind of lasting, universal impact that Bob Marley has made with his music. In his short 36 years, Marley managed not only to introduce hundreds of millions to reggae but also spread powerful messages of peace, love, human rights and acceptance. It’s no surprise that almost 30 years after his death, one can travel to any part of the globe and witness his far-reaching musical legacy. A number of the twelve tracks were recorded specifically for this disc. But it opens strongly with something that already existed: Three Plus’s convincing “Jahwaiian” fusion version of “Is This Love.” And it remains inHawaiifor singer Robi Kahakalau’s cool, smooth take on the seldom heard “Do It Twice.”
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Pool Safety

Swimming pools are fun for everyone but you need to be aware of entrapment dangers! Avoid Entrapment!

Always Follow These Important Rules

  • Never play or swim near drains or suction fittings. If a cover is not compliant, or is loose or broken, your body or hair may be trapped causing permanent injury or drowning.
  • Never enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broken, or missing suction fitting or drain cover.
  • Immediately notify the pool/spa owner or operator if you find a loose, broken, or missing drain cover. In such a case the pool or spa should be closed and an industry professional should make the necessary repair or replacement.

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Spinal Twists

Headstand Twist

Headstand Twist

By Mark Goldstein

The wettest part of the rainy season is upon us now, and I thought it would be good to focus on cleansing. Even though it can get quite muddy during our rainy season, this time of year does serve a purpose to both cleanse and feed our environment.

Coincidentally, so do Spinal Twists in our yoga practice. Imagine that you are washing a very dirty towel out in the sink. In order to get it really clean you will need to let it soak to loosen things up. Next you might lift it out of the water and wring it out a few times by twisting it. Twisting the towel squeezes out all of the dirty water, and then when you replace it back into the warm soapy water, cleansing water will be absorbed to clean the towel more thoroughly. Perhaps if youʼre not in a rush you will soak it and wring it out a few more times. This very much what we are doing with our spinal twists. Yoga is everywhere, isnʼt it?
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U.S. Recession

The recession has hit everybody really hard…
  • My neighbour got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
  • Wives are having sex with their husbands because they can’t afford batteries.
  • CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.
  • Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.
  • A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced.
  • I saw a Mormon with only one wife.
  • If the bank returns your check marked “Insufficient Funds,” you call them and ask if they meant you or them.
  • McDonald’s is selling the 1/4 ouncer.
  • Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America .
  • Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s names.
  • My cousin had an exorcism but couldn’t afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed her!
  • A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.
  • A picture is now only worth 200 words.
  • When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a room.
  • The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.
And, finally….
I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call centre in Pakistan , and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

Los Diminutivos

tico-talk-headerLos diminutivos son sufijos que disminuyen el significado de una palabra o describen algo pequeño.

Un sufijo es una raíz que se pone al final de una palabra.

Existen muchos tipos de diminutivos en español; el más común es ito, ita. Usualmente se usa este sufijo cuando la base de la palabra termina en a o en o y se agrega una s para formar el plural.

carro                                       carrito                    (carro pequeño)

mesa                                      mesita                   (mesa pequeña)

libros                                      libritos                   (libros pequeños)

Otro diminutivo muy usado en español es cito, cita. Usualmente aparece en palabras que terminan en consonante o en i, e y u.

calle                                       callecita                                callecitas

pantalón                                pantaloncito         pantaloncitos

café                                        cafecito                 cafecitos

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A Quick Pause for PAWS – Sept/Oct 2011

PAWS - Pets of Aguirre Animal Welfare Shelter

By Sandy Franz

PAWS Clinic on July 25, castrated 40 more animals in Quepos. So to add to the calculations of the Animal & Home Society, we have eliminated potentially 8,400,000 more stray cats and 1,340,000 more dogs. A small amount goes a long way!

The PAWS mobile unit is being dressed for the road. Lights are being added to the trailer and hitches are being installed on 2 volunteers’ cars. We anticipate being on the road for a clinic in September. Look for our trailer!

Thanks for the Help! from the Foster Care Program. Meredith Schulte housed and took care of a severely injured dog, which lost his leg.  The dog, Alba, is now permanently place and doing great. Barbara Lorca is caring for a homeless mother cat and her litter. Silvia Gfeller took care of a litter of kittens & Mom who have all been placed in good homes. Ginny in Naranjito has a mother cat and 3 kittens she is taking care of. She is keeping the mother cat for herself.

PAWS Castration Clinic also would like to thank the girls from Marina Pez Vela: Iby, Geri Lyn, Shannon and Bernadette. Ruth Bixler assisted Dr. Corbada, and Valerie and Jim Phillips attended the animals by cutting and cleaning their nails. Holly, Pat, and Sandy helped where needed.  Lydieth manned the sign in table. A big thanks to Dr. Martinez and Dr. Cordoba for all they do!

Volunteers needed for animal foster care, please call Sandy Franz, 2779-1412, 8376-0632.

Visit the PAWS tent at the feria each Saturday to see puppies, kittens, & adult animals ready for adoption.

For more information, call 2777-1113, 2777-1489, and see  the PAWS animals ready for adoption published here on Face Book.


The Family Who Fed the Monkeys

A short story By Volunteer Kevin Ellenburg

The Petersons were very excited. They were going to Costa Rica! They had heard lots of fantastic things about the country, and they couldn’t wait to see the monkeys. “I wonder if they like bananas”, said Tommy, the youngest of the Petersons. “Of course they do” said Mr. Peterson. “ALL monkeys love bananas”.
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Refreshing Cold Soups #2: Vichyssoise

By Bill Dwyer
In last month’s column I referred to Vichyssoise as originating in France. Turns out I was mistaken. While researching for this month’s column I found out that, according to no less an authority than Julia Child, this delicious soup is “an American invention” – but one she approves. Further research revealed that Vichyssoise was first served to diners at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York in 1950 by the hotel’s French chef, Louis Diat. So France should get some credit for its creation, even though it originated in the U.S.

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A Ball of Fluff Called Equinox

Boy What a Good Bug

Boy What a Good Bug

By Jack Ewing

Equinox is a Latin word meaning “equal night.” Twice each year, when the sun shines directly over the equator, day and night are the same length all over the globe. These two dates are called the March equinox and the September equinox. The March equinox, which marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, always falls on March 20 or 21, and the September equinox, which marks the beginning of fall, always falls on September 22 or 23. The March equinox in the year 2009 fell on March 20, and that was the day that a little ball of fluff came walking into my office at 6:30 in the evening just as I was thinking about closing up and going home. It was obviously a very young owl, nearly ready to fledge, but not yet able to fly. We had heard an owl calling near the office on quite a few occasions, and I surmised that this youngster had fallen out of it’s nest, and that its chances of getting back were almost nil.

Hacienda Baru

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A Precious Plant with Plentiful & Promising Purpose

hibiscusBy Donna Porter

If ever you had to choose but one plant amongst all of the other plants on the planet to co-exist with or you ever found yourself in a dire survival situation, which plant would you choose; which plant would you seek out?   (Hint – it is a tropical plant, that can grow up to 100 ft. in height, produces a nut and is the paradigm of the tropics and tropical beauty).  Well, if you chose the Coconut Palm, Cocos nucifera, then you chose wisely and your chances of survival would be high. In Malaysia it is called “the tree of a thousand uses” and in the Phillipines “the tree of life” – and these titles are highly warranted.

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Partner Yoga

Thai Massage

Thai Massage

By Mark Goldstein

For many of us, yoga is a deeply personal experience. It is always a great yoga class when we are able to climb deeply into our own bodies and really experience the postures, nothing beats that……except maybe one thing……bringing someone else along.

When we partner up with another person, we can go even deeper into our poses and the entire yoga experience. Our yoga partner can be another student in the class, an instructor, or a Thai Yoga Massage therapist. Whoever it is, when someone else is physically helping to guide you into a pose, you will be able to go deeper and more fully into your postures.

Playa Yoga

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KSTR’s New Volunteer Coordinator

Pablo Porras-Peñaranda

Pablo Porras-Peñaranda

By Julia Paltseva

Kids Saving the Rainforest is proud to present the newest member of its permanent staff – Pablo Porras-Peñaranda. Pablo, a biologist by training, will now serve as the Volunteer Coordinator. KSTR is a local non-profit organization based in Manuel Antonio whose goal is to preserve and educate about the rainforest and its many animals. As the organization’s popularity and mission has grown, the number of interested volunteers has increased.
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Beach Clean-Up

On June 12 and Aug 28, 2011, Aguas Azules had  a great time working with members of the community to clean up the public beach.  Everyone worked hard to make our beach even more beautiful!  All participants received a free ride on the banana boat from Aguas Azules and entered a raffle for a free parasailing from Aguas Azules and a free 1 hour massage from Holis Wellness Center.

Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – September/October 2011

These Horoscopes are meant to be fun and enjoyed. They should not be taken too seriously.

virgoVIRGO – August 23-September 22

Jake Gyllenhall continues to be your lucky Hollywood megastar this month, especially when you are trekking through the cold glacial climes and you need to take off your top to walk through freezing water and there is no TV crew to film it all. Machismo like that is rare! And there is no money to be made out of it!


libraLIBRA – September 23-October 22

Beware of small difficult to control mouth vomits around 1pm on the 18th of this month. Your destiny is like the most difficult last 2 degrees of a situp. Also, Neptune has left you a message somewhere on the History channel on the 7th.


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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – September-October 2011

Cover September-October, 2011 photo by Jim PhillipsBienvenidos/Welcome to our beautiful corner of Costa Rica –we will have rain during the 2 months this issue covers, the question is how much, but we hope you will still have enough sunshine to enjoy—it is what makes the rainforest green….we have things for you to do…like the Sept. 15th Independence Day Parade– always fun and colorful to watch – usually starts around 10 or 11am in Quepos- bands, floats… everything a parade needs and a proud day for Costa Ricans to celebrate………….the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off takes place at La Hacienda Restaurant on Oct. 1st—if you want to enter call them by the 28th of Sept………or just come out for a taste of some great chili and laughs………..it’s also NFL Football ….you will be able to watch your favorite team in many locations around town…this is the time of year that many of our wonderful restaurants close to allow their employees vacation so it’s a good idea to check before you go……..our colorful cover shot was sent in by our own Jim Phillips of MA – we think it will brighten our days for the next couple of months – great shot – thanks Jim!  Please tell our advertisers that you found them in Quepolandia and keep checking us out here, even when you’re not in Costa Rica… Don’t forget Halloween as there is usually a party or two – often complete with costumes…..“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to end, it’s about dancing in the rain”………………..ciao for now……………….P

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