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I had A Revelation

When I had lunch today, I had a startling revelation. I was in the process of taking another bite of the fried chicken I had purchased and it hit me.

I don’t know about you, but I think fewer personal wishes are being granted today than when I was a kid. I remember thinking I wish this or I wish that (always silent wishes) and sometime in the future I would realize that my wish had been granted.

You feel that way too huh. It was my chicken that gave me the answer as to why this situation has changed.

Now follow me on this. When you were a kid and there was fried chicken put on the plate were you the first to sit down so you could grab the wishbone? As a kid, I don’t ever remember not being one of the people that got to make a wish.

Remember, you would hold one end of the wishbone and someone else would hold the other end. You both would make a mental wish and then slowly pull the wishbone apart.

I didn’t always get the right piece of the broken wishbone. In fact now I don’t even remember whether it was the long or short piece that was to get his wish. It was a special time of every fried chicken dinner.

Now move forward in time. At some point, since I was a kid, the wishbone disappeared. The way they cut the chicken, in all of the fast food chicken places today, there is no wishbone. How do they expect people to have a chance to have a granted wish without a wishbone.

Sometimes I wonder what makes my mind work, but you are going to have to admit that today’s revelation is on target.


LIFE – Click to enlarge

The other day I was eating at the Buffalo Wings Factory and read this sign on the wall. It is loaded with wisdom. It is so easy to get absorbed in worrying about so many things that we miss the opportunity of enjoying life. I encourage you to read it and then apply its wisdom.

For my Spanish readers, I am going to transcribe the sign so that the Google translation on this blog will work. Remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make the most of it.

Here is what the sign said.


This is your LIFE.

Do what you love, and do it often,

If you don’t like something, change it.

If you don’t like your job, quit.

If you don’t have enough time, stop watching television.

If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things that you love.

Stop over analyzing, LIFE is simple.

All emotions are beautiful.

When you eat, appreciate every last bite.

Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.

Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.

Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.

Some opportunities only come once, seize them.

LIFE is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. So go out and start creating.

LIFE is short.

Live your dream and wear your passion.

While the food I enjoyed (“to the very last bite”) filled my stomach, the words on this sign filled my soul. I hope it has the same impact on you.

What A Great Day to Start The Week

I really feel great today. Maybe it was the chicken fried steak I had yesterday. Maybe it was the sound of the birds chirping as I woke up. Maybe it is the music of the Brothers Four on the Internet. Maybe it was Koki coming up and putting her head in my lap wanting to be petted.

What ever it is, this is setting up to be a great day and a great week. Now the trick is to allow some of the good that I am feeling to flow over to others. I doubt if I am any different than anyone else and when I run into a person with a smile on their face, it puts one on my face too.

Why not try it and see if it works for you. When you check out at the super market today, smile and tell the attendant, “Que tenga un buen diá”. See if she smiles back. I bet she does.

Remember that the bag boy depends on you for all the money he will receive today. He is not paid by the supermarket, the same goes for the young men in PriceSmart. When you tip him, smile and tell him the same thing.

If you eat out, remember that the waitress is working for minimum wage. If she is not smiling when she serves you, smile at her and say “Gracias”. Maybe you will get a smile back. Smiles can be contagious.

Watch for others that can use a smile and a kind word. They are cheap and you can give them out all day and it won’t cost you anything.

Join me and make this Smile At Everyone Week.

I am going to have a great week. I hope you have one too!!!!

Life is for Living

On a fairly frequent basis, I get emails wanting recommendations on many things I never consider myself equipped to provide answers for.

Still, I reply to all emails and try to give them the attention that the author of the email deserves.

Obviously, many that write me, do so because they are wanting decision making information related to making a move to Panama and specifically Chiriquí. Now, I do not consider myself an expert on either of these subjects. I am only a participant in my own life journey.

My original reason for having Chiriquí Chatter was to portray what I run into on a day by day basis. It began as emails I wrote to family and friends to let them know I was still alive. A friend suggested that I turn the emails into a blog and CC began. Continue reading Life is for Living

Another Day, Another Wonderful Day

Did you ever wake up and say, “Gosh, I am one lucky fool”. I admit that I have awakened in the past and not had the word “lucky” in my morning exclamation. Then one day, I started looking at the world around me and realized that I am doing all right.

I wake up without the pressures of having to go to work and my belly doesn’t ache for the lack of food. There are so many in the world that can’t say that. I have friends that check up on me when they haven’t heard from me in a while. They offer to take me out if they think I am becoming too much of a recluse.

Today, a Panamanian friend of mine had a birthday and I bought her a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. It was the first she had ever seen and she was thrilled. It is nice to be able to do something so simple for someone else and see such joy.

As I mentioned in a previous post, today I had some good ice cream. Besides the enjoyment I got from the ice cream, I got a second set of enjoyment by being able to share the experience with all of you. There are so many small businesses out there that just need others to know they exist. I am happy to do my small part in making them known.

As I write this I am listening to Spotify play selections by Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and other of my artists for the day. Music always makes me happy. In the background, I hear the sound of rain hitting the ground out back.

I was just talking to my cousin, in Oklahoma, this morning and she was telling me that they really needed rain. They had to sell all of their cattle because of the drought. She said when they walked across their fields, it sounded like they were walking on crackers.

When I told her I was getting an inch of rain most afternoons, she said she was going to hang up on me. I am fortunate to be living where I do. Sometimes I forget to remember how lucky I am.

How appropriate that Dolly is singing “A coat of many colors”. It is amazing that one’s perspective can make all the difference between being rich and poor. With the friends that I have, with my health intact, with food in the pantry, and with joy in my heart, I am one lucky fool.


I sort of have a morning routine that I go through each day. I get up and my morning newspaper is my iPad. I actually go through several newspapers that I have in my RSS reader. I also have a series of comics that I read.

That caused me to think this morning about when I was a young boy and I always looked forward to the Sunday newspaper. It was huge in comparison to a daily paper. We lived on a farm and our paper was delivered by car. Gasoline was obviously not $4.00 a gallon.

My favorite section was the comics. My mom, sometimes my dad, would sit in a rocking chair and read them to me as I sat on the floor listening to every word.

There was Alley Oop, Dick Tracy, The Katzenjammer kids, Little Abner, Little Orphan Annie, and a few others.

For me this was a real event in my life, that I looked forward to each week. There was no television and we only had one radio, on which I remember hearing Joe Lewis (the brown bomber) knock out Jersey Joe Walcott in Joe’s last fight. Between the radio and the newspaper, the Sunday Funnies were my most desired entertainment for the week.

I liked for my mom to read more than my dad, because she put so much expression into the characters. Each had their own voice and she had a real knack of making it fun.

I never understood all of the political satire that was embedded into some of the strips. I expect that is what kept it fun for my folks when they read them to me. Continue reading Reflecting

Food For Thought

Some food for thought came in my email today. Ana is the university student that I assisted with her banking survey. Being a communications major she had told me me that she had written several articles in the past and I told her that I would like to read some if she wouldn’t mind sharing. After reading the one she just sent me, I ask her if she would mind if I posted it. Her article follows with her permission. I will add some thoughts of its relevance for many of the Chiriquí Chatter readers afterwards.

Change: The Result of All True Learning

Among different situations, change is the one that affects human beings the most. Some people fear it, some people love it, some people just get excited about it and, finally some few people promote it. It is important, though, for us to understand what implies change in order to be able to embrace it with an open mind and turn it into a boost for our lives.

Some people’s life has been forced to endure dramatic changes through their experiences and have had no other option than adapt to it. It is in these situations that the hidden abilities of a person come out. For instance, some people hit by an accident or an illness that disables them physically, are able to recover and continue life despite of their disability and also learn how to use the resources they have. Continue reading Food For Thought