Category Archives: Bilingual Kids

Tomás Chooses Soca

Tomás decides he wants a clockradio to listen to while he’s going to sleep. I can relate, I had one when I was ten or so, listening to music — MY music — was a private joy. Kristen helps Tomás choose a station. Head-down, teeth clenched, eyes closed, he turns the dial, very serious. Goes […]

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Getting Into an NYC High School Part 1: A Preview to the Process

You’ve already signed him up for the Specialty High School exam, right?” Kristen and I looked at each other. “No,” we answered simultaneously. “Is it too late?” I asked, the blood draining from my head. “To sign up it is,” she said shifting her gaze from us to the spreadsheet on the table. At that […]

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Costa Rica – The Green Season

In Costa Rica, the Wet Season, our summer is also known as The Green Season according to those who make their living luring tourists to this tropical paradise. The Green Season means it’s going to rain. The rain can start quietly, gradually, dropping increasing amounts of water, gently massaging plants and corrugated steel roofs. Or, […]

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Felix: The Exploding Kayak

“See, that kayak,” Felix says. We’re walking along the stony beach at low tide in Cabuya, Costa Rica. There’s a small blue row boat anchored on the black rocks waiting for the rising tide to float again. It looks sad and unused. “That’s not a boat. It’s a kayak. And when you sit in it, […]

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Felix: Overheard at J.J. Byrne Playground

There was a girl that said to her mom, “Mommy” then she said “I can fit in the the tub” and she pointed at her butt. And then she said “I peed in my pants” and she laughed. The woman laughed. – Felix after visiting the new Old Stone House Playground for the first time.

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New Mayan Calendar Found. The World – Surprisingly – Won’t End in 2012.

On the wall of a tiny structure buried under forest debris in Guatemala, archaeologists have discovered a scribe’s notes about the Maya lunar calendar, which they say could be the first known records by an official chronicler of this ancient civilization.” That’s according to an article in this month’s Scientific American. This news was all over the Interwebs since […]

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My Mom and Dad Celebrate 50 Years of Bliss

My parents just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 50 years. That’s half a century. They were married in 1962 in Panama City, Panama and just celebrated the event with their friends in Ventura. I love the story of how they met, were married, and spent their honeymoon and want to share some of this with […]

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Happy Birthday: 49 Things I’m Thankful For

I just celebrated a birthday and wanted to thank everyone who wished me the best. I am without a doubt, one of the luckiest people ever, and thought I would share the following list of things I am so grateful for. Kristen. The love of my life who puts up with me every day. She […]

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What We’re Reading – Bye-bye 2011 Edition

Karlos: LUCKY YOU by Carl Hiassen. Didn’t make me laugh as much as other Hiassen novels. I’ve read most all of them and maybe once you get the formula, you get the formula but you keep reading because you want to find out (a) what happens to the idiots (and God there are so many […]

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SURVEY: What Do You Want Me to Write About?

I am an inconsistent and infrequent blogger. To me that means, I don’t blog regularly enough. I justify this by reminding myself that on a given day, I’m probably writing between 2,000 and 5,000 words and editing an equal amount of text. The bulk of that is client- and business-focused, though 1,500 to 2,000 words […]

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