Romancing Life

Life, I don’t know if I have told you that I love you and how perfect you are. I really can’t think of any life I would rather have.

You are as near to being a perfect companion as I could have ever imagined.

I wake up in the morning to a rising sun that elicits songs from all of my feathered friends. A sun that never fails to show up and lifts the leaves of all the plants in my garden as it does my spirit.

You provide me the opportunity to enjoy the smell of bacon some mornings, pancakes on others and various other fragrances that continue to make my mouth water and provide memories though out the day.

You have provided me with friends that check on me when I am sick and rejoice with me when I am well.

You have provided me with children and grandchildren that make me proud to say I am a father and a grandfather.

You have provided me the opportunity to learn that adversity is just another way of pointing out what is really important and not important.

You have shown me that a little rain only means that things will bloom brighter tomorrow.

You have provided me the time to understand that all evils and problems can’t be solved or prevented, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t keep trying to improve things.

You have shown me that sharing is better than hoarding and that the more I share the better I feel.

You have shown me that a smile will evoke a smile, that a kind word will open closed minds, and that the language of love and caring requires no translation.

Yes Life, I want to thank you for being my Life. Take me where you will. Use me as you will. Remain with me as long as we a productive together.

Reminder for U.S. Citizens during Carnival:

Following is the latest message from the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.

dos_imageReminder for U.S. Citizens during Carnival
The U.S. Embassy in Panama City reminds U.S. citizens that as the Carnival holiday approaches in Panama next week, there are several precautions U.S. citizens in Panama may take in order to ensure a safe and secure holiday.
Crime and Safety
 
As you are out and about enjoying the festivities, please remember that criminals are also out and about looking for targets. Unfortunately, there is always an increase in thefts and robberies during holidays. Please make sure you are not making yourself an easy target:
·         Be aware of your surroundings and watch for suspicious activity that indicates you are being targeted. If you note suspicious behavior, go somewhere safe, such as inside a store or mall and point out the person you are concerned about to security personnel.
·         Keep control of your purses, wallets, passports, and other belongings.
·         Be mindful that disturbances such as loud arguments, people bumping into you, or people dropping things near you may actually be used as distractions to allow someone to steal from you. Ensure you still have everything after someone bumps into you.
·         If you are the victim of a crime, please make sure you report it immediately to the local Panamanian authorities so that they can begin their investigation.
·         If you need to replace a lost or stolen passport, you may come to the embassy during our regular workday to purchase a replacement. The embassy will be closed Friday, February 8 in the afternoon, the weekend and on Tuesday, February 12 only. Regular hours are 8:00 -12:30 and 1:30 to 3:00 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 8:00-12:00 on Wednesday and Friday. Appointments may be made on line and are appreciated.
For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please contact the American Citizen Services Unit of the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy at (011)-507-317-5030.  The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in Clayton, Building 783, in the Clayton section of Panama.  The Embassy web site is http://panama.usembassy.gov/ and e-mails should be addressed toPanama-ACS@state.gov.  The after-hours and emergency phone number is (011)-507-317-5000.

For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov.  Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Panama are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.