Tag: Guatemala

Like a volcano of sorts

Like a volcano of sorts

It’s not writer’s block… A writer feels like a dormant volcano: the quiet before an eruption of creative energy.

Pandemic Vacation

Pandemic Vacation

COVID-related notes from our nine-day family trip to Guatemala: Easter is a big deal in Guate. It’s not only about religious services, street processions, and family gatherings; It’s also about vacation, and everyone flocks to the coast to frolic. That was April 4th. As a 

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Leaving on a Jet Plane

March was miserable, but April’s already an improvement. Not only because the office politics are settling out, but because I left the country. Let me tell you, THAT really helps! Yes, we managed to jump through all the pandemic travel hoops, and here we are 

Can’t Blog Without a Free Press

Can’t Blog Without a Free Press

When I was a kid, we would go to Guatemala to visit family. During that time, various and sundry military dictatorships wrangled for power, and we witnessed the Army searching people, bombing homes. Family members were murdered. The press was censored at best, controlled at 

From Scavengers to Students

From Scavengers to Students

Our armed guard went first, peering behind crumbling mausoleums and around trash- covered bushes; then, satisfied that no thugs were lying in wait, he waved us on. We left our bags and phones in the van, and picked our way down the dirt path to