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How It All Began

Janine & Aislin

Janine & Aislin, 9 years old

We are very proud of KSTR’s co-founders, Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone.  They have both just graduated from two very prestigious colleges, Janine from Stanford in California and Aislin from McGill in Montreal.  Congratulations to you both!  Janine starts right away with a two-year program, Teach For America, teaching elementary school children (with English as a second language) in East Los Angeles.  Janine will concurrently be getting a Master’s Degree in Education at Loyola Marymount University.  We are thrilled that she will be able to teach these kids about the rainforest, it’s destruction, and then empower them to save it!
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El Bosque y El Combate

tico-talk-headerPor  J.L. Gimenez Frontin

Vamos a practicar el uso de los verbos.  Llene los espacios en blanco con la forma correcta del verbo que se le indica en el paréntesis.

De pronto los corzos (dejar) _________ de pacer y (quedar) __________ inmóviles  con su pequeña cola enhiesta y todos los músculos en tensión.  ¿Le (haber) _________ olfateado?

Daniel entonces (sentir) _______ la presencia de una sombra sobre su cabeza.  Lenta y silenciosa, haciéndose visible como para que todos los seres (admirar) _________ su esplendor, (surgir) ________ un águila de algún punto visible del espacio. (Volar) ______tan bajo, que Daniel (poder) _________ observar con toda claridad el estremecimiento de las plumas (rematar) __________, como dedos, el extremo de las alas, el brillo inteligente de sus ojos metálicos y plateado reflejo de su plumaje al sol.

Instintivamente Daniel (echar) ___________ mano a su hacha. Pero (ser) _______un gesto innecesario. El águila (sobrevolar) ___________ la familia de corzos y (ir) _________a posarse tranquilamente sobre una rocas a unos veinte metros de éstos, como si no se (haber) ___________ percatado de su presencia. Algo muy extraño. Los corzos adultos no lo (pensar) ___________ dos veces.  Al ver a su eterno enemigo en tierra, al alcance de sus cuernos, (arrancar) __________ en una frenética carrera contra la rapaz. (Acercarse) ____________ a grandes saltos. Daniel (contener) _________ la respiración ante el espectáculo. (¿Llegar) __________ a alcanzarla? El águila (parecer) _________ distraída pero, en el último momento, cuando ya el corzo macho (estar) _________ a punto de atravesarla con sus cuernos, (emprender) _________  el vuelo con un vigoroso y pausado aleteo. Sin embargo, en vez de elevarlo por los aires, (ir) _________ a ponerse un poco más lejos como incitando voluntariamente el ataque de los venados.
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Blues Masters and Their Students

By Jim Parisi

PutuRythmSince its inception eighteen years ago, Putumayo Music has blazed a reputation for being outside the box. These are the guys who invented the term “World Music”, offering compilation discs of music by musicians from the same country or region or from all over the globe, playing a similar style of music. With more than one hundred albums under their belt, Putumayo has now endeavored into a new genre (for them), entitled simply “Rhythm and Blues”. The album is a collection of classic R&B songs performed alternately by legends and by novices, rising stars of the current R&B revival. And the formula works like a charm.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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It’s about Tuna!

By Joshua Stewart

Hola amigos. This month has given fantastic daily reports. Boats have been fishing several days a week and they have had awesome bites. Marlin, sailfish and lots of Tuna for offshore fishing and the brave roosterfish, mackerels, jacks and even some sea bass for inshore trips. Ojaran III had a great day on May 24th, reporting 2 Sails, 4 yellow-fin tuna and 2 Dorados. Some other boats report more Tuna and Sails during the end of this month. Great day for Ojaran II on May 31st with 1 Blue Marlin, 1 Sailfish and 4 Yellow-fin Tuna. The same day, Ojaran III fished 5 yellow-fin tuna and 2 Sails. First day of June Ojaran II had 3 Sails and on the 4th Ojaran III fished 7 nice Yellow-fin Tunas.

It seems like Tuna will be on top this green season which is great for those who love to catch their own dinner. Marlins have been flipping all around and Sails still biting.

Contact Luna Tours Sportfishing at Hotel Best Western Kamuk lobby, downtown Quepos central. Book now Ojaran II, Ojaran III, Magic Moon and the Reel Deal (27 ft to 33ft) on full days or half day charters. We also arrange other boats for charter up to 46 ft. Contact us at 2777-0725 (office), 8869-4808 (24 hour cell) and visit our web site www.lunatours.net. And remember, give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.  Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

Fishing Report

Road Tranquility

By Matt Casseday

A few years ago, I was on the receiving end of the only “road rage” incident I have experienced in over 20 years in Costa Rica. It was near the airport, at night, at a stoplight on the multi-lane highway from Alajuela. I had unknowingly moved in front of another car while coming to a stop at the red light,  concerned with positioning myself for the upcoming airport exit. While awaiting the green light, the driver began flashing his high beams and blowing his horn. When the light turned green, he blew around me, cut dangerously in front of me and braked. When I attempted to pass he sped up and when I returned behind him he slowed down again. Obviously whatever I had done while approaching the previous stoplight had angered him enough to risk an accident while he worked out his anger toward my benign driving error. (He was actually very lucky, as I was driving a sleek, compact rental car, on the way to pick up my teenage son and daughter at the airport. Had I been driving my Trooper or Pathfinder—whichever aged and battered model I owned at that time—I might have just rammed into him when he cut in front of me and slowed abruptly).

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The Araceae Family – More popular than they know

hibiscusBy Donna Porter

If there were ever a world-wide popularity contest of families in the plant world, without a doubt, the Araceae family and its members would win – hands down.  This family’s realm of existence extends from the most frigid of northern climates to the sweltering tropical rainforest of the southern hemisphere.  Its fame is not due to characteristics such as possessing exquisitely-beautiful or scented flowers (as the orchid), or deliciously- sweet fruit (as the mango), or intricate and outrageously- colorful foliage (as the croton).  The truth is that this family’s expansive recognition is mainly due to the fact that it can tolerate low-light conditions, adapt to low-humidity environments, scoff at neglect and travel well.  And, yes, their handsomely-bold and striking foliage has also greatly helped. This renowned family of plants includes an astonishing 108 genera and nearly 3,700 species.  With the assistance of man, its celebrity members have traversed the globe from their native tropical habitats into shopping malls, offices, hotel lobbies and homes of every climate imaginable.

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – July 2011

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


CANCER -June 22-July 22

Today assa a joke, you willa make fun ofa how somebody talk. You willa get beata up. You will also find that if you deliberately mispronounce “sir” as “sair”, you can answer a lot of questions with either “yes air”, or “nose hair”.


leoLEO – July 23- August 22

Homelessness is a very poor way to begin the year, so ensure money is not an issue for you. Gift horses always happen to those who least expect it. The moral of this horoscope its: expect a gift horse. The sounds of fairies in your head are brought on by the alcohol. It may be time to stop drinking this week.


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CranioSacral Therapy

By Evelina Bololognini

What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a -on approach that releases tensions around your head, neck diaphragm and spine. This allows gentle, hands your whole brain and nervous system to function at its optimum creating a great relieve from pain and dysfunction while improving whole-body health and performance.
Holis Wellness Center

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – July 2011

Bienvenidos/Welcome to all you happy travelers—lucky you to be on vacation & find yourself in beautiful Costa Rica – great choice you made! And especially enjoy Quepos/Manuel Antonio – we are a unique and interesting area with many fun things to do, great food-– so we hope you will visit our advertisers and tell them you found them in Quepolandia……….you will find all the tours available like parasailing, paddleboarding, zip lines, white water rafting, and sportfishing just to name a few—not a chance that you will be bored and at the end of the day be sure to catch one of our beautiful sunsets ….keep that camera ready as you may also catch a perfect photo for our cover-the  great shot this month of the Firey- Billed Aracari was sent in by visitors Stephanie & Michal Popadič—Michal took the photo in Manuel Antonio Park…..if you send in a photo please send at 300 dpi……….you can most likely expect a few afternoon showers as it is “Green Season” but you should still have plenty of sunshine….many of our eating & drinking establishments offer live music during the week so be sure to check the music listings and treat yourself to some great music by some very talented musicians…..have a great time and when you get home, keep up with what’s happening in our Paradise with Quepolandia online……..ciao……………….P


Romulo Castro Unveils His Heritage

Romulo, Herencia

Romulo Castro, Herencia

By Jim Parisi

Although he was born in Mexico, Romulo Castro’s parents are Panamanian and he was raised in Cuba. He “came home” to Panama in the late Seventies but his collage of musical tastes had already been firmly put into place, both in his ears and in his soul. That multi-cultural embrace comes across strongly in his album “Herencia”, which he recorded with his nine piece band, Tuira. The CD is a blend of bossa nova, samba, rock and Panamanian folkloric music, all with a pronounced Caribbean backbone. His band is comprised of guitars and bass, keyboards and horns and an array of indigenous percussion. If this sounds like a potpourri, it is, but it is also anything but garbled. “Herencia” is Castro’s fourth CD and the twelve selections arrive like individual entrees rather than a mixed stew.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Cobra and Upward Facing Dog



By Mark  Goldstein

This month I would like to present two yoga poses to open your heart. Specifically Cobra and Upward Facing Dog.

We will be practicing these postures in each one of my yoga classes this month, and I encourage you to also include them in your own practices at home. A pose of the month gives those new to yoga a chance to try a new posture. For the seasoned yogi, I hope that it will serve as a chance to revisit and fine tune the basics of these postures. If we get to practice together for the entire month, then we can plan to experience a deepening and advancement of the poses as we go.

Both Cobra and Downward Facing Dog are commonly part of a sequence that we practice in Vinyasa Flow yoga that is called a “ Sun Salutation”.
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The Eternal Problem of Poaching

You Can Diminish It, But You Can’t Stop It Completely

By Jack Ewing

In February of 2003 I had the opportunity to visit the Sirena Biological Station located on the Pacific side of Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. We met several University of Costa Rica biology students who were participating in. Dr. Eduardo Carillo’s long standing study of jaguars (Panthera onca) at Corcovado. They were searching for signs of the jaguar’s primary prey, the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari,)  more commonly known as the wild pig. For an entire week they saw only the smaller collared-peccary (Pecari tajacu.)  When asked why the jaguars and their prey were suffering serious population reductions, the UCR students stated that poaching in Corcovado was out of control.
Hacienda Baru

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A free consultation with the House Doctor – June 2011

Hello fellow Quepolandiacs,

Just because the “Caja” is in crisis doesn’t mean the “Casa” is too. I promise not to lose my bed-side manner. (It’s more of a hammock-side manner anyway.) Just to keep your issues from requiring tissues, here are a few tips to keep your wallet safe and healthy.

I get the privilege during my house calls to experience the unique perspective of listening to my patients calmly explain to me how the last professionals that serviced their property “totally –expletive- expletived  everything up!” ending in any messy scenario involving water, fire, electric, money, arguments, and sometimes strange disappearances of any number of proper nouns. Where is the accountability for failure in remodeling or simple home repairs? The simple answer you already know.

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Raising and Preparing a Kinkajou for a Life in the Wild.

By Pia Martin DVM KSTR Wildlife Vet

Kinkajous (Potos flavus) and in Spanish “Martillas”, are medium size mammals (40-55cms long, weighing 2-3kg), brownish colored from the Procyonid family. This means they are nocturnal, live in pairs or by themselves and are arboreal and terrestrial; just like raccoons (Procyon lotor) and coatis (Nasua narica). However, they have unique characteristics that make them very special in the rainforest. For example: although they are categorized as carnivores, they do not eat meat. Their diet is basically fruits, flowers, and rarely they will eat a bird’s egg or an insect. They have a 5 inch tongue that helps them get nectar from flowers making them pollinators. Their ankles and wrists can rotate more than most mammals helping them climb up and down trees and walk in branches easily. They also have a long prehensile tail that can wrap itself around a branch and hold on to most of the animal’s weight so it can hang and reach for a fruit in a lower branch.

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Meditation…Why do it?

By Shelly Workman

Scientists and doctors agree, more and more, that meditation is having a direct impact on the way the brain is ‘wired’. There has, in recent years, been a dramatic rise of the research and testing of meditation and the exact effects meditation can have on the brain and the heart. This connection helps to build up immunity and prevent diseases.  Meditation is a reliable medication that has no side effects but can bring slow healing through the nervous system. There are various forms of meditation, all of which have separate characteristics that offer a unique method for healing. Stress has been proven to result in depression and fears. That depression from excess stress can result in physical injuries and negative health disorders such as heart disease. Meditation is proving to reduce the risks of such conditions by first reducing the stress. When your bran is relaxed, a dramatic improvement to your mental health occurs, which, in turn, reduces the risks to poor physical health as well.
Holis Wellness Center

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