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The Dancing Pelican, 5: On the Pier, 6 March 2024

April 26, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
At last, the Sun appeared, granting us the kind of day that has made Florida a perennially popular Winter destination. The morning mist burned off even before the beachcombers and treasure seekers finished their early rounds. D., HL and I were able to wander along the beach without a care. D. and HL could be somewhat more insouciant than I, as my s...
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The Dancing Pelican, 4: Surrealism in the Strip Mall, 5 March 2024

April 17, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
In Jacksonville Beach, the weather remained cool and damp. Our hotel room had a balcony overlooking the roiling ocean. HL and I could stand there and observe the grey waves dissolving into the silvery sky. Conditions were not conducive to the seaside rambles that I had imagined taking with HL and my friend D. D. resides a few miles from the beach a...
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The Dancing Pelican, 3: In the Cards, 2 March 2024

April 10, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
The chance to visit friends was one of the factors that determined our choice of north Florida for our late Winter trip. One of my former students settled in Gainesville, and I have maintained contact with him. For the purposes of this account, I shall call him My Young Friend, or MYF. Now his wife and he have a son who is close to the age that MYF...
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The Dancing Pelican, 2: Airstreams and Alligators, 1 March 2024

April 03, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
In 2020, some descendants of the eponymous Samuel P. Harn gave the museum its Florida Art Collection. It contains works of more than 700 artists, spanning over a century. There are more than a thousand Florida-themed pieces, so only a percentage of them can be displayed in the galleries at any time. Most are drawings but there are many fine oil, wa...
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The Dancing Pelican, 1: Himalayan Peeks, 1 March 2024

March 27, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Often it happens that an achingly early flight does not align with hotel room access at one's destination. So it was with us when we went to north Florida for HL's Birthday. You, my patient Readers, know that I am the one who insists on leaving town for our natal anniversaries. HL did not object, though he may have experienced some misgivings while...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 12: Language Lesson, 5 December 2023

March 20, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Pura Vida is a uniquely Costa Rican expression. Literally, it means “pure life”, an unhurried acknowledgement of the pleasures of the moment. The Ticos, as the country’s natives style themselves, use the phrase to respond to being thanked. It can be a reassurance following your refusal to buy whatever is being sold, showing that the seller still wi...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 11: Altitude Adjustment, 4 December 2023

March 13, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
HL, Ava and I agreed on our desire for a relaxing day, without tours or formal activities. It was noon before we ambled to the beach behind our hotel. We had not gone far before the heat overwhelmed us, despite our leisurely pace. We craved a swim, and the ocean looked inviting. I was planning to swim, but first wanted to enquire about the cost...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 10: Manuel Antonio Park, 3 December 2023

March 07, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is the most popular of Costa Rica's national parks. Months in advance, HL had booked a guided tour as well as our entrance tickets. We had selected an early tour because we hoped that by doing so we might avoid the worst of the heat and the Sunday crowds. Our guide was Josue, a wiry, middle-aged fellow who had been...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 9: The Winding Road to the Pacific, 3 December 2023

February 28, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
In Costa Rica, students have their longest school break from the end of November until February. The rainy season ends by December, inspiring many Tico families to join the foreign tourists taking vacations at the beach. Ava, HL and I followed them there. We spent much of the day on the road. Our stalwart driver, Dario, collected us late in the...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 8: Ogling the Olingos, 2 December 2023

February 17, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
On our last night in the capital, we enjoyed a reunion with our friend Ava, who lives in Jerusalem. Ava’s son and his family had been residing in the prosperous suburb of Escazú for over a year. They invited us to dine with them, though I suspect that Ava had suggested strongly that they do so. The conversation flowed, the food was plentiful, and o...
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