The Jewel of Guatemala October 26, 2001
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Posted: October 26, 2001
The Jewel of Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala
October 26, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
I remember the young Guatemalan waitress in the hole-in-the-wall restaurant looking at me quizzically, and then with wide-eyed alarm, as I tried to order dinner. I fumbled with my Spanish-English dictionary, and then eventually seemed to get my point across, that I hoped for something without meat, without lard and without salt—seemingly the three favored ingredients in Central America! Finally, curiously relieved, she trotted off to the kitchen to rustle up some rice and beans. Douglas began flipping thr...... Read More

Catch A Canary - 10/25/01
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Posted: October 25, 2001
Catch A Canary - October 25, 2001
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Chapter Two: When the Wind Blows October
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Posted: October 19, 2001
Chapter Two: When the Wind Blows
Río Dulce, Guatemala, C.A.
October 19, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
As we flew out of American airspace, over the Gulf of Mexico, I had a jumble of feelings I don’t fully get yet. Despite that we were heading home to Ithaka in Guatemala, a recently bloody war-ground, I felt an ironic sense of relief to be heading toward what now may be a safer part of the world. While there’s precious little I could be doing in America to alter the realities there, I felt some guilty twinges at being overwhelmingly glad to be heading back to a life at least phys...... Read More

Single By Choice - 10/18/01
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Posted: October 18, 2001
Single By Choice - October 18, 2001
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That Sinking Feeling - 10/4/01
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Posted: October 14, 2001
That Sinking Feeling - October 4, 2001
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Busy Days At Home October 12, 2001
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Posted: October 12, 2001
Busy Days At Home
Newport, Rhode Island
October 12, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
It's been a collage of intense experiences over our few weeks back home. Newport is a beautiful town in early fall; the air is crisp and clear. The kids are back in school, and the chaos of summer tourists has subsided. The roadside stands brim with just-harvested autumn apples and everyone seems to be making pies and cider. As I walked around town, usually pushing our 18-month-old niece Hannah in her stroller, outwardly not too much seems to have changed. I noticed the same specials on the same blackboards that w...... Read More

A First Visit Home October 5, 2001
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Posted: October 05, 2001
A First Visit Home
Newport, Rhode Island
October 5, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
To return home for a visit after cruising for a year is to wade into a former life and peek at it, perhaps with a spoonful of perspective. No longer immersed in the immediacy of old routines and commitments, I got to be a voyeur—that's the beauty and the limitation. I'd been looking forward to reconnecting with people I love, collecting supplies, and basking without responsibility in the safe comforts of America.




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