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February 03, 2008



A precious story; full of life, human interest and the richness of the land.

I, too, think about our assumptions about others and am nearly always surprised, in a pleasant way, about how really similar we are, no matter the background, if we take the time to understand.

Thanks, Paul. Sounds like another lovely and memorable sojourn.

Susaan Straus

Hi PT -This from my dear friend Judy Ress - a gringa resident of Latin America for 30 years:
"Susaan, WONDERFUL on Don Pedro....captures the beauty and complexity of our weathered campesinos. Tell Paul THANKS for getting it right. "

Sal F

That article was a very nice break for me. I'll forward it to my son who was in Chile a couple weeks ago.

I doubt I'll get to 135, but I have been loading up on fruits and veggies and I lost 40 pounds from the last I saw you.
Keep well!

Susan B

What a great trip and a moving and beautifully written article.  It sounds like a magical place! 

Valorie M

I truly enjoy reading your "moments in life". They are both inspiring an educational and very reflective.

I envy your continued educational and life experiences that retirement has allowed you to further explore as a person, for my recollection of you at Pierce was of a wonderful teacher who truly engaged his students in the love of learning.

I was the speech-language pathologist at Pierce 20 years ago, but am now at Baker and approaching my retirement years, (although, my travels will be to auditions for musical theater and skating competitions to support my daughter's dreams, for which I also share her joy and pride).

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and images. It's like reading a good story to start the day.

Susan L

Thank you for the story about Don Pedro, it took me right back to my
year-long trip vagabonding through Central and South America when I was
in my early 20's, all the way down the Andes to Tierra del Fuego, then
up through Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, then the Amazon, then home.
Allende was president of Chile then. Brings back the incredible stories
of ordinary but not so ordinary local people we met along the way, or
stayed with.
Could you explain how Don got that bee to sting? Maybe this home remedy could replace the prescription drug I now take to mask pain from osteoarthritis in my fingers!.


Great story, pt!


Thanks for the great story, Paul. It is always (well maybe not always!) a fun reminder to see how we judge people and then get surprised by the depths of who they are.

Hank Bonney

Thanks, Paul. Great pictures, great commentary. You never stop teaching because you never stop learning.


That story brought tears to my eyes. So vivid, I can see the sweat on Don Pedro, and the pride and humor in his eyes. I had a similar experience long ago when I had a blind date with an electrician in Bermuda (my college roommate was from Bermuda.) Boy, did my assumptions evaporate after an evening conversing with him about physics, philosophy, and everything else under the sun. It was a lesson I learned at 21, and keep learning.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences!

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