Monthly Archives: July 2009

Paradise Gardens Update

Yesterday, I also stopped by Paradise Gardens in Boquete. This has to be one if the nicest places to visit in all of Panama. I was interested in finding out how it was doing with out its founders.

I am happy to say that it is alive and well, but it still can use a little help from the community. They said they can always use fruits for the animals and the donations barely get them by month to month.

They also said they can use a few more volunteers. If you love animals, stop by and offer your services. Paradise does a wonderful service in rescuing animals and returning them to nature.

I did take a few photos yesterday. The next photo is of an animal that I hadn’t seen there before.

Here are a few pjotos of just a few of the birds you can see. Continue reading Paradise Gardens Update


I received a request to post the following:


Join us this Sunday, August 2, at 1 pm at Hotel Fundadores for a showing of SMOKE (1995), starring William Hurt, Harvey Keitel and Forest Whitaker. A discussion will follow the movie for those who are interested.

Donation: $2.00.
Parking in the back of the hotel


SYNOPSIS: Smoke is a slice out of the lives of some Brooklyn, NY denizens connected by their patronage of a local smoke shop run by Auggie Wren (Keitel). The movie’s plot, like smoke itself, drifts and swirls ethereally. Characters and subplots are deftly woven into a tapestry of stories and pictures which slowly emerges to our view. In Auggie’s New York smoke shop, each day passes seemingly unchanging until we start to notice the little details of life. Paul Benjamin (Hurt), a disheartened and broken writer, has a brush with death that is pivotal and sets up an unlikely series of events that affords him a novel glimpse into the life on the street which he saw, but did not truly perceive. Two days, one summer and 18 years are examined in detail by the quirky characters populating the film.

Awards Won
Silver Bear (Wayne Wang) Berlin International Film Festival, 1995
Danish Film Critics Bodil Award for Best American Film, 1995
German Film Award for Best Foreign Film, 1995
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, 1995
(From Wikipedia/

Look for Sunday at the Movies each first Sunday of the month. Arrive by 12:45 pm to secure a good seat. Bring your friends.

Our next movie, on September 6, will be in the mystery genre.


For Sale By Owner in Hornito

I received the following from Hubi, the gentleman I met in Passarela. He has 2 Hectares and 6730 mts for sale in Hornito. Below is his message and photos. As with all property, I list, it is your responsibility to do the due diligence on evaluating the purchase.

You can reach Hubi at or 730-4384. Please contact him if you have any further questions.

Hi estimated Don Ray, you really are more than only a friend, you are for Marggie and me a bless of God.

I entered your page: THANK YOU!

Here some information for you and persons, who are looking for such a special place.  Authorities, who measured the ground, told us  two years ago,imagine, not to sell it for less than  US $ 25.00/ m2 But concerning the price to change, you can talk with us.

Our piece of ground in Hornito also you can say: it’s an unique speciality all over that region for its advantages, that nobody can imagine from the road, because it seems very steep to climb. But with special machines you can construct a way up.

But the boss of a realty office, he made the effort to climb with us, and he was pleased. Also he found out, that apart of the existing plane area of 3000m2 on top ( 1200 m highth) with an unique view too. Continue reading For Sale By Owner in Hornito

If You Are a US Citizen Then

Here for your reading pleasure is some information related to the proposed health care bill, HR 3200.

I found this on my company’s retiree site. One person has started reading and analyzing the contents of the bill. Things like this make me happy I am in Panama.

Here are some of his observations:

. Page 16: States that if you have insurance at the time of the bill becoming law and you change, you will be required to take a similar plan. If that is not available, you will be required to take the gov option.
. Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure.
. Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed.
. Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process).
. Page 42: The “Health Choices Commissioner” will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.
. Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services. Continue reading If You Are a US Citizen Then