INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURES IN SPAIN by CATHERINE PETIT, A THRILLING FIVE-PART SERIES

INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURES IN SPAIN by CATHERINE PETIT, A THRILLING FIVE-PART SERIES »

17 Mar, 2019
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Life with my husband was an exciting time. We traveled by car, many times across the states and into Canada. We worked, and enjoyed life. Then one day, unexpectedly, my husband of almost 36 years died – and I was lost.Thank goodness for my brother John who guided me back to the land of the living. I booked a tour of a country I wanted to see: Spain, a place where I did not speak the language. I loved exploring all of the country and when I left that first time, I knew I would return, and I did.

ADVENTURES IN SPAIN BY CATHERINE PETITE, PART I OF A THRILLING 5-PART SERIES

ADVENTURES IN SPAIN BY CATHERINE PETITE, PART I OF A THRILLING 5-PART SERIES »

17 Mar, 2019
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The Purloined Suitcase: "Where, oh where was my dark blue suitcase with the large bright pink bow???" <> The Sneeze and the March: "There were many protesters marching on the street below. After they were gone, no trash at all to be found. All of those people and no trash left behind. Amazing!" <> . . .The Bank: "The machine ate my card!" <> Chocolatería: "Best hot chocolate ever!"

Stateside Stories: A history of St. Patrick for his Day!

Stateside Stories: A history of St. Patrick for his Day! »

16 Mar, 2019
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Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Roman-British missionary and bishop in the island of Ireland, known as the "Apostle of Ireland". He is the primary patron saint of Ireland

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “TAKING TERESA TO BUDAPEST,” 16 OCTOBER 1987

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “TAKING TERESA TO BUDAPEST,” 16 OCTOBER 1987 »

16 Mar, 2019
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My daughter Teresa who is nearly nine has suffered from severe cerebral palsy since birth. In 1986 I saw three or four programmes on television about the Peto Institute in Budapest. And there we went at the end of June. Although Teresa is only supposed to be affected physically, the first assessment classed her as ‘severely mentally handicapped’. I have no guarantee that the Peto method is the best the world can offer but studying their theories it seems to be a fairly logical type of treatment for a child like mine. But perhaps Teresa’s saving grace is her great sense of humour and her large brown eyes that try to make up for her difficulty in communicating. Her brother and sister spend some time fighting together but they also look after Teresa wonderfully, in an extremely unselfish way, and they try to make sure I do the same – they certainly let me know if I don’t.

A SECOND OPINION: SPRING CLEANING!

A SECOND OPINION: SPRING CLEANING! »

16 Mar, 2019
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Spring cleaning, a project that seems never-ending. However, since winter has yet to quite end, and you have to spend time indoors anyway, it seems to be a good time to take advantage of it and putter around the house. While Spring is just around the corner, and flakes of snow fall in March, the rhythm of the passing traffic can still be heard and seen out the windows, which need attention too! But I can see the buds on the Rhododendrons right out front, and my tire tred in the muddy grass alongside the driveway where I missed backing up the car! OH, THE GARDENING THAT AWAITS!

THE 8th  NATIONAL PASTRY CHEF CHAMPIONSHIP  2019  AT IFEMA

THE 8th  NATIONAL PASTRY CHEF CHAMPIONSHIP  2019  AT IFEMA »

11 Mar, 2019
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The Best Dessert,  Milhojas ( a thousand layers of pastry ) Award, was given to Pastry Chef Daniel Sarabia from Mérida, Extremadura

A CLIFF-EDGE BREXIT LOOMS. Mark the Date: 30 MARCH 2019

A CLIFF-EDGE BREXIT LOOMS. Mark the Date: 30 MARCH 2019 »

11 Mar, 2019
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If the original Withdrawal Agreement, or an alternative one, is not ratified, the Treaties and the whole EU acquis will cease to apply to relations with the United Kingdom on 30 March 2019. This brings about the fearsome cliff-edge scenario wherein the UK's withdrawal will not be cushioned by special agreements. Insofar as Spain is concerned, the central government has announced that it is adopting the necessary measures, both at an internal level and in coordination with the EU institutions and other Member States so that should there still be no Withdrawal Agreement by 30 March, the impact of cliff edge on Spain will be minimal.

ARE TAPAS OVERRATED?

ARE TAPAS OVERRATED? »

10 Mar, 2019
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GRACE HREN: "I don't think tapas are overrated. Anything that's delicious cannot be overrated." <> EMILY HANDLER: "Yeah, tapas are kind of overrated. I like the idea of them; they are cheap. But usually they are really not very good." <> JAYCEE RODMAN: "From a tourist point of view, it's something that is a part of the Spanish culture that most people look forward to trying."

SPAIN IS HEALTHIEST COUNTRY ON THE PLANET, HURRAH!

SPAIN IS HEALTHIEST COUNTRY ON THE PLANET, HURRAH! »

4 Mar, 2019
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Spain isn't just the planet's HEALTHIEST country, according to Bloomberg's Global Health Index. Spaniards are projected to live longest too! How about that! Balmy climate, tons of sunshine, great music, and delectable Mediterranean diet (gazpacho anyone?), not to mention the knack for living it up. They have it all, these fortunate people. Salud!

BLACK PEARLS (PART II): BASED ON THE TRUE-TO-LIFE NOVEL BY AUTHOR NINA VALDES

BLACK PEARLS (PART II): BASED ON THE TRUE-TO-LIFE NOVEL BY AUTHOR NINA VALDES »

2 Mar, 2019
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"On May 21, 1971, an entirely benign evening in my life, I slept with a beautiful woman not knowing that the intense connection we made would inextricably link our lives and very souls for decades to come.  I´m not one to believe in the psychobabble that people sometimes spout, but I´m willing to swear that this one sexual encounter, unlike any other I´d experienced, caused our spirits to collide, our molecular structures to merge and the core of our joint DNA to morph into a single cell." Later, the "black pearls" will come into the saga