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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – January 2011

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

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CAPRICORN – December 22-January 19

What are you looking for here for? You should be on a spaceship sticking a fish in your ear. It’s not like you didn’t get enough hints. If you are vaporized, it’s your owned damn fault, I’d say.

RULING GEMSTONE: GARNET


aquariusAQUARIUS – January 20-February 18

It’s a good idea to take up a new hobby, if you want to make yourself a more interesting person at parties. In your case, I recommend welding. This is also a good month to defy convention. Be yourself. Buy a fedora, for example, and wear it indoors.

RULING GEMSTONE: AMETHYST

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – January 2011

Bienvenidos/Welcome to Quepos/Manuel Antonio the home of Quepolandia ….HAPPY NEW YEARFELIZ ANO NUEVO….we are glad you have found us and hope you enjoy your vacation…..thru our pages you will find helpful hints, interesting articles about our area and Our Wonderful Advertisers that make our magazine possible! Please – when visiting with them, booking a tour or eating in one of our outstanding restaurants– let them now you found them in Quepolandia!………we are happy to announce the winner of our Maple Syrup Contest – Debra Boileau of MA – let us know when the waffles are ready and we’ll be right over! Debra only missed one answer, thanks to all that entered the contest & Jeannie Bird for the syrup! ……Byblos asked us to pass along that the Pizzeria has been completely renovated and is ready to serve you with great pizza and special dinner offers…so stop on by and enjoy the pool & see the monkeys …….our thanks to Diego Solis of Rancho Savegre for our beautiful cover shot…you can book your tour with him at diego@ranchosavegre.com and maybe get your own cover shot—we are lucky to have an abundance of great musicians in our area – you can see where they are playing  in your live music listings in the left sidebar….so go on now and have a great time & when you get home remember you can still stay in touch at www.quepolandia.com where we welcome your comments….ciao…………P


The Sky Is Burning!

sequemaBy Jim Parisi

The alarms sounded some decades past about diminishing rainforests and the worldwide implications, but dry rainforests were overlooked. In his new documentary “Se Quema El Cielo”, Luciano Capelli waves the banner for all to see. The film focuses on the plight of the Guanacaste tropical dry forest, documenting the struggle to preserve over three hundred thousand species of life. One method is to recreate the natural habitat in the area, from the Pacific coastline to the chain of volcanoes Rincon de la Vieja and Orosi, covering lowlands and highlands. Much of this area was pastureland for centuries. One major problem rose when the cattle were removed around 1977 leaving non-indigenous grasses that were planted as feed to squeeze out local plant life. This is how a downhill chain begins because once the native plants disappear, so does the wildlife that depends on them. Without natural enemies, the grasses took over, dried out and became kindling for natural fires due to lightning, controlled fires, mismanaged campfires and even fires set as arson. Historic winds also play a major role.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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KSTR and ICE Partner to Save the Monkeys

By Colleen Smith

You see them every day parading across monkey bridges and electrical lines, but the recent electrocution of six titi monkeys in Pocares reminds us that there is still a need for a better balance between our modern world and the surrounding eco-community. While we need electrical lines to power our needs, the trouble for wildlife starts when the wires—either two primary or a primary and secondary—make contact with a grounded object, such as a tree or land, or with each other. When this occurs, the wires become electrified, creating a dangerous situation for monkeys accustomed to using them as a means of passage.
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Cornmeal Pizza with the Works

By Paul Rees

In the gourmet pizza world, the key to creating a great pizza is limiting yourself to 2 or 3 delicious key ingredients. In my pizza world, the key to a great pizza is small amounts of lots of ingredients so every bite is unique little explosion of different flavour combinations. In addition, this crunchy, flavourful cornmeal crust is strong enough to hold it all without dumping it in your lap.

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – December 2010

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

sagittariusSAGITTARIUS – November 22-December 21

Happy Birthday Mom! And everyone else who celebrates being half man/woman and half horse. At the same moment you will be reading this, someone else will be thinking of you and smiling. You have that affect on people sunshine! You are also the most spiritual of the zodiac, so light some white candles this month and wish for all your dreams!

RULING GEMSTONE: TURQUOISE

LUCKY SIGN: Potholes in the road


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CAPRICORN – December 22-January 19

This month is itchy nose month. Just be glad you don’t have to wear a spacesuit. It is also a good time to tell your friend to quit wearing that ridiculous goatee. Why not recommend a sheepee instead?

RULING GEMSTONE: GARNET

LUCKY SIGN: 7 leaf clovers

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – December 2010

Bienvenidos- Feliz Navidad – Welcome to Quepos & Manuel Antonio!………we hope you are having a wonderful vacation………there is much to do, see and great food to eat so you should be well taken care of. At the time of this writing we have just experienced one of the worst weeks of rain in history….there was much damage to roads, flooded homes, landslides that caused a tremendous loss of life and just about everything that is our life here in Paradise was affected………but at this very moment the roads are being repaired, people in shelters are being helped and we are working hard to have everything ready for you – our visitors to enjoy……As you travel around our area drop in on our advertisers for great food & drink ..or take an awesome tour…and please mention that you found them in Quepolandia…………we would like to thank Manuel Cabalceta for our great cover shot! The Oropel – also known as an Eyelash Viper is a beautiful color but very poisonous!

Manuel is a guide for the National Park and you can reach him at 8719-6195 or manuel.cabalceta@gmail.com for guide service…………..if you are hungry for that turkey dinner on Christmas Day check with El Gran Escape Restaurant as they will be serving a traditional dinner…typically other restaurants will have some turkey also………..and now on to NEW YEAR’S EVE……..we know for sure there will be live music & great fun at Dos Locos also live show & music plus Seafood Buffet at El Gran Escape…..& Fireworks ...there is always a big gathering in front of the seawall with fun at Wacky Wanda’s …. Kamuk and all around…… be safe and have a great time –Quepolandia would like to thank our advertisers for their support throughout the year and wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year………caio….P


Where Have All the Frogs Gone?

By Colleen M. Smith

As part of our ongoing efforts to educate people about the rainforest and its inhabitants, KSTR is tracking the decline of indigenous frog populations within and outside of Costa Rica.

For the past three decades, scientists in Central and North America have been closely following a wave of disease that has wiped out amphibians in the Central American highlands. The fungal disease, called chytridiomycosis, has been advancing at a rate of about 30 kilometers per year and eradicating dozens of frog species in its path. Scientists have identified this as the same disease that killed off Costa Rica’s golden frogs in the 1980s.Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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Quite the Contrary

By  Todd Pequeen

I expand my possibilities by cultivating the opposite in myself. When I was young I did not have much choice. As an adult I do, 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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Renewing Respect for Red Hibiscus

hibiscusBy Donna Porter

My heart goes out to the Red Hibiscus; a plant that seems as though here in Costa Rica has lost respect  and gained un-popularity through overuse and abuse. It is machete- massacred probably worse than any other plant around, and can no longer lay claim to even its very own spot in a garden or landscape other than being shoved into an overcrowded hedge.  Sadly, it appears as though its only purpose here in Costa Rica is to provide a living screen between neighbors or other unsightly nuisances.  This world- renowned, sacred to some, plant has been belittled, de-throned and Insulted and I would like to shed some light upon the Red Hibiscus in hopes that it will spark a new found awareness and appreciation for this unsung beauty.


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Hocus and Pocus – Strange Creeper Cats

By Jack Ewing

JaguarundiWhen I first laid eyes on the two black kittens a quote from a Robert Heinlein novel popped into my mind. It has been so many years ago since I read it that I can’t even remember which one is was, but I remember the quote. In referring to a complex subject Heinlein said that making sense of it was “… like searching in a dark cellar at midnight on a moonless night for a black cat that isn’t there.” These two kittens were that black without a hint of any other color. Even their eyes were black. In addition to their extreme blackness there was always an air of mysteriousness about them. They didn’t walk like ordinary cats, rather they walked all crouched down, more of a creep than a walk, like they were constantly stalking something. They never made any noises other than purring; they never clawed the furniture; they were never underfoot and never got into trouble of any kind. There was always something strange about them. We named them Hocus and Pocus.
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Los verbos regulares

tico-talk-headerSe denominan verbos regulares aquellos que se conjugan en forma totalmente uniforme, sin modificar su raíz, y empleando las terminaciones correspondientes, en cada modo y tiempo, a la conjugación a que pertenecen.

En los verbos, la raíz es aquella parte de su expresión en infinitivo, que identifica la acción que el verbo enuncia; y la terminación comprende las dos letras finales: AR, ER o IR.
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Maicol Leroy’s San Juanillo

maicol leroyBy Jim Parisi

Make no mistake about it, Maicol Leroy has been Ticoized. Don’t get me wrong, I mean this as a compliment and I know he would be the first one to consider it as such. Hey, the guy has even Latinized his name… Sr. Leroy has been coming to Guanacaste for nearly a quarter of a century and living here for almost two decades. He has been playing guitar and harp since well before puberty. Take these two components, mix in a little stage experience, an early exposure to the blues and great songwriting ability and voila: you’ve got the new self-produced album “San Juanillo” by Maicol Leroy.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Udon Noodles with Grilled Chicken Breasts

By Paul Rees

So, I think that after my last two calorie-packed recipes (Rene’s Banana Chocolate Chip Cake & Tiquisque Fritos) I’d give you a recipe that’s a little more healthful, but still satisfying and with lots of flavor. These noodles are also delicious with grilled pork tenderloin or steak.

(Serves 2 – 3)

Chicken Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts with tenders, fat, & skin removed, lightly score both sides with 2 or 3 shallow cuts
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed
  • ½ tsp. ginger, mashed
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch paprika
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 3 Tbs barbeque sauce

Udon Noodle Ingredients

  • 6 oz (180 g) udon noodles
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1.2 tsp ginger, mashed
  • 2 Tbs lightly crushed peanuts
  • 1 C carrots finely sliced lengthwise into 2” pieces
  • ½ C finely sliced red onion or chopped green onion
  • 1 C red pepper finely sliced lengthwise into 2” pieces
  • 1 ½ C green beans, cut diagonally into 1“ pieces
  • ½ C cucumber, peeled, seeded, finely sliced lengthwise into 2” pieces
  • 4 or 5 sliced mushrooms
  • ¼ C fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 – 2 Tbs hot sauce (to taste)
  • ¼ C soy sauce
  • ¼ C pineapple juice or chicken broth
  • 1 Tbs sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • Spray oil
  • 3 Tbs chopped cilantro

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On Being a Supporter of the Colts Football Team

By Anita Kiesel

Today’s mail brought the October issue of  SOUTHERN LIVING.  Page after page of the magazine had pictures of pumpkins, trees and shrubs clothed in fall foliage, recipes for using the bounty of fall vegetable gardens and descriptions of tours designed for the traveler to experience colorful country scenes.  The magazine did not mention what seems to be indicative of autumn here in Indiana – football season.  On Friday nights, high school rivalries dominate the television screen.  On Saturday one has a choice of Purdue, Indiana University and Ball State football games.  Since I am not a alumna of any of these schools, I have decided that my loyalty will be directed to the Indianapolis Colts.

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