Tag Archives: Reflecting


Have you ever noticed that men and women don’t think the same. For example if a woman says to you, “I want to go to XYZ and buy a 123”, you would think you understand what is going to happen.

A man would walk into store XYZ, walk directly to the location in the store that has 123, pick it up, walk to the cashier and pay for it. Maybe a 10 minute task and it is over.

A woman, on the other hand, will enter the store and immediately start looking at what ever is on the right or left of the store’s entrance. This area will have nothing to do with 123s. You will wonder if you misunderstood the object of the exercise.

30 to 40 minutes later, if you are lucky, you will have gotten to the part of the store where the 123s are located. Now it will take another 30 to 40 minutes to decide if this is the 123 she wants or if there might be another store where the 123 might come in a different color or be a little cheaper.

Even if she buys a 123 and takes it home, the process most likely is not over. She will look at the 123 and ask if you think it was a good decision to buy it or if it should be exchanged for a different color.

Tread carefully with how you respond. Remember, men and women don’t think alike and she may not hear your answer the way you intend it.

It’s A Wonderful Life

I was just reflecting today how fortunate I am. I arise every morning to a beautiful blue sky and birds chirping, the aroma of coffee and bacon in the kitchen and a new day to experience. It is like this at least 360 mornings out of the year. The other five days are even better.

I turn on the television and get news from the US and other parts of the world. I can sense the stress and pressures that exist in the location of the broadcasts, and yet at the moment, I feel very few of them.

Compared to many in the world, I am a wealthy man. Compared to many in the world, I am a pauper. However, I am a very contented person. I have good health, I have lots of love in my life. I have a few coins in my pocket at the end of the month. I eat well, feel great and worry little. What more can a person ask for.

You can’t take it with you, so having a lot more than you need won’t make you any happier. I know because I have had more and I wasn’t happier.

I try to do what I can to make my Panamanian host feel happy that I have moved here. I hope to be remembered as giving more than I received.

Panama is one place where no matter how much you have, it is probably more than many can even conceive of. That is why it is important to share a smile with those you meet. Giving the loose change to the grocery store bag boy is another way to say thank you God, for letting me be so lucky. There are many people in Panama that only work for tips and the bag boys are some of them.

I have now lived in Panama for over seven years. I feel like I understand Panama better. I feel like I understand life better. I feel like I understand me better. I feel like I have been given a real gift of being able to enjoy life to its fullest. I feel I am very very fortunate.

I am now going to go take my shower and move on to what the rest of the day brings me. I wish you all a wonderful day. Remember, smile at everyone you meet today. You will feel better and they will feel better.

It would also be a good time to tell those that you love, what a difference they make in your life. I think I will go do that now.

I Lived American Graffiti

As I do sometimes, I started reflecting on the past and today it took me back to one of my favorite websites, about Tommy’s Drive-In, during my early years in Odessa, Texas. This was a time like no other. Almost two years ago I was in another nostalgic mood and wrote about those formative years I lived.

If you grew up in the 50’s, you might like to compare your memories with mine. Check out the Tommy’s site. While it won’t mean as much to you, as it does to me, it still might be an enjoyable diversion. The site plays a lot of Roy Orbison’s songs.

Many people have seen the movie American Graffiti, but I was one of the fortunate ones that got to live it.

Another Milestone Almost Missed

Chiriquí Chatter quietly crossed the 4,000 post milestone. Still the thing that amazes me as much as anything is that CC has a greater than 4 comments per post average. The Spam comments, caught by the WordPress software, are above 90,000 now.

I read the other day that blogging is becoming an area that is inhabited mostly by those of us in the autumn of our lives. It seems the younger generation doesn’t have the time to blog and they only use the social sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

I have a Facebook page and a Twitter account, but they are sort of hit and miss for me. I sometimes like to go back and see what I was doing a year or so ago. Seeing the changes that have occurred in the last 7 years in Chiriquí is easier on a blog than on one of the social sites.

I wonder if I can keep this up another 4,000 posts.

What Fun!

Yesterday, I stumbled onto a site called the Internet Archive. A very interesting site.  Here you can find a little bit of everything. One of the things I found was the first Flash Gordon serial “Space Soldiers.” I wasn’t born when these came out in the movie theaters, but I did get to see some on Saturday mornings when they were put on TV.

I would ride to my bike to my neighbor’s house who had the first TV in the Douglas, Oklahoma area. I am sure the black and white TV was no larger than 15 to 17 inches, but I thought it was a magic machine.

Buster Crabbe (aka Flash Gordon) was my idol. After watching the current episode, I would ride back home and pretend I was Flash fighting Ming the merciless ruler of the planet Mongo.

It is interesting to look back and recall a time gone by. If you were a Flash Gordon fan, you might like to return to the past as well and look at some vintage entertainment. Here is the link. http://www.archive.org/details/FirstFlashGordonSerial1936-13Chapters-BusterCrabbe

Look around the site for other things that my interest you. There is a link to the Gutenberg  Library and it has plenty of free e-books to download. Some are audio.

I can get lost on the Internet and do so often.

The World is Our Sandbox

While searching for something that I could schedule for posting on Christmas Morning, magically I received an email with a video on sand painting. I had never heard of sand painting. But if you search the Internet and YouTube, you will find many such videos that will amaze you.

Today is a special day for Christians around the world. However, I really wanted a message that transcended any religious sect. The following video is not the most dramatic or the most fantastic of the sand drawing videos that I watched, but I enjoyed it.

During these troubled times that the world is enduring, it would be interesting if we all saw the world as our very own sandbox. What is created with this sandbox is up to each of us.

For me, 2009 has been an outstanding year. I expect 2010 to be even better. I consider myself to be like a single grain of sand, just like any other grain of sand in the video that follows. But as you will see, with enough other grains of sand something beautiful can appear.

I hope you enjoy the video and I hope you will become inspired to help create a beautiful 2010. Remember, the world is our sandbox.

Positive Thoughts and Positive Prayers

There was a special group at church yesterday. It was the group that was having an activity in a previous post. This organization is supporting children with leukemia and cancer. The young people in the photo above are some of those children that have been afflicted.

It is times like these that make me realize how fortunate I have been in my life. I believe many of us go through each day never realizing how lucky we are. We get caught up in many trivial things that in the great scheme of life are really unimportant.

I watched many of these children throughout the service. It really tugged on my heart strings. I hope they all benefit from their treatment and live a full life.

They all seemed happy and I think they were all living in the moment. I believe there is something to be learned from them. One never knows when one’s time time is going to come. If we did, would we live differently? I think we would. Continue reading Positive Thoughts and Positive Prayers

No. I Did Not Forget

Today is one of those days that you remember where you were and what you were doing. In remembrance of those that lost their lives in the blasts that shook the entire world, I will pause and reflect on what was lost.

It is hard to compare the tranquility I find on this September 11th vs. the dispare I felt that day. Let us never forget.

Addendum: I just looked back and saw that the first post I ever did on Chiriquí Chatter (then chiriquichatter.com) was on September 11, 2003. At that time I spoke no Spanish and knew little about Chiriquí.

Unfortunately, I had to shut down the blog in early 2004 and was only able to reinstate it in October 2005. Not only was Chiriquí Chatter reborn in 2005, but the happiest times of my life came into being. I guess today brought back several memories.