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Mar Marine Guest Chef Meals E-mail
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May 25, 2016 
by Jody Aston, Editor
Photographs by Linda Kersey 
 

Mar Marine served the first of its new special meals yesterday and it was a big hit! Debbie (SV Plucky Lady), a skillful chef with many years experience in France and Belgium, offered her expertise to initiate additions to Mar's menu. Diners enjoyed diverse and delicious appetizer 'tapas' consisting of a layered tuna salad, olives, and Camembert cheese melts. The entree was a French specialty, Beef Bourguignon, accompanied by Potatoes Dauphinoise, creamed cauliflower and courgettes (zucchini), and a tomato and cucumber salad. 

ImageVarious tasty specials will continue to be offered, indefinitely, every Tuesday and Thursday for lunch and dinner. The cost is a very reasonable Q50, which includes one drink (soda, wine or beer) and either an appetizer or a dessert, depending on the menu for the day. Call on 68, after the morning Cruiser's Net, to reserve a place at the table. Tired of rice and beans? Try adding a gourmet delight to your dining experience!


 
Refugio Dulce, The Sweet Refuge E-mail
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Residents of Refugio Dulce in the Palapa
 
May 20, 2016
by Kitty Kenworthy
Photography by Jim Kenworthy

Thanks to the kind hearts and generosity of many people on the Rio, the lovely old folks in the Refugio Dulce home for abandoned elders are enjoying some of the bare comforts and dignity we all take for granted.

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Water Well Under Construction
Just after this last Christmas, Denny Gluck of Denny’s Beach Resort (http://dennysbeach.com/) popped in to see how the old folks were doing. He was shocked by the apathy and blank faces. He immediately went out and bought a big TV and some festive fare for the coming New Year. The old folks didn't have aids to help them out into the palapa, where the TV had to be installed, so Denny carried them out watch it. Thus having run somewhat low on funds, after providing many of the basic necessities out of his own pocket, Denny contacted his good friend Roy, on m/v Steel Magnolia, who suggested that Denny contact Pass It On, and there he found some of the help he desperately needed. 

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Pass It On Charity Auction E-mail
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Tropical Trees in the Springtime E-mail
Features - Flora and Fauna of Guatemala
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Too Beautiful Not to Share (even though the bike-riding friend was told it would not be on Chisme)! Oops-sorry!
May 18, 2016
By Jody Aston, Editor
 
Think we don’t have spring in the tropics? Guess again! The Rio Dulce has been alive with color for the past month. True, there are not many flower gardens in the area - certainly nothing like the herbaceous borders one would see in Europe, but living in a tropical climate has taught us to look UP! This time of year, towering trees are our bearers of floral saffron yellows, flaming oranges, rosy pinks and indigos, all in harmony with azure skies.

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Jacaranda and Tabebuia rosea

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Casa Guatemala's New Guest House E-mail
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Angie, Founding Director of Casa Guatemala, and Hostess of Their New Guest House in Guatemala City
Casa Guatemala Now Hosts Angie’s Guest House in Guatemala City
May 11, 2016
Story by Roving Reporter Kitty Kenworthty
Photographs by Jim Kenworthy
With an UPDATE by Director, Heather Graham

What a delight!! We had visited the Casa Guatemala House offices in Zone 10 in Guatemala City on a previous occasion, but this time we were honored to be the very first guests in the brand new and beautiful ‘Angie’s Guest House,’ in the downstairs of the building. Photos do not do justice to the lovely accommodations and the charming hostess.

So much cozier than a hotel, the guest house offers not only lovely bedrooms, but also a warm and welcoming dining room and a communal kitchen with everything one needs to cook and eat at home. Free Internet and TV with English DVDs are available for the asking, and there is free parking for guests.

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The Front Bedroom
  

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Surprise Adios Party for Miguel E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Life Changes
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Miguel Leaps into the Pool
May 2, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor
Photographs by Jody and Magda

Jumping into the swimming pool with such gusto is more than most people Miguel’s age (or younger) attempt, but this long-term resident of Rio Dulce is embarking on an even bigger feat! Miguel says he always wanted to take a motorcycle tour of North America, and decided if he is going to do it, he’d better get going. When friends Kim and Brendan (SV Cosmic Turtle), who share residency at Moko Point Marina, heard his plans for the big adventure, they immediately contacted other friends to gather for a surprise going-away party. Much to EVERYONE’S surprise, scores of Rio Dulce friends were able to keep it secret!                                    

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Miguel's Wish is Fulfilled - He Swims in the Pool with 400 lbs. of Ice!
Wendy and Ken (SV NJoy Boat), and another friend, Paul, were recruited to keep Miguel occupied on Saturday, the day of the party. Knowing how the kind-hearted Miguel is always willing to lend a hand to those in need, they arranged for him to take them to Morales for supplies. As time wore on, but still not enough to complete the party preparations, Miguel starting saying he thought it was about time to head home. Ken and Wendy, however, just had to have some ice cream…so of course, Miguel agreed.

After the sweet treat, Miguel asked if everyone was ready to go now. No way…Paul had to find an air conditioner. Then, Ken and Wendy had to buy a cake. Once they were back on the Rio Dulce, Wendy was afraid the set-up crew would still be working, and suggested one last thing, “How about stopping by The Sundog for a cold one, before going home?”

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Steve, Brendan and Guy Heave the Ice into the Pool
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Jim Kenworthy Impersonators on the Rio E-mail
Features - Places and Faces

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Will the Real Jim Kenworthy Please Get a Haircut?!

April 23, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor

Thursday night's International Pub Trivia Quiz took a crazy turn when participants noticed there were more white mop-tops than usual. They soon realized they had been invaded by Jim Kenworthy impersonators. The culprits were Miguel, of Moko Point, and Brendan, on Cosmic Turtle (sorry to blow your disguise, guys). On a recent trip to Guatemala City they spotted the wigs and for some reason, Jim, of SV Dreamaway, immediately sprang to mind. Then…well, who could have resisted? Jim and his wife, Kitty, were taken by surprise and loved every hairy minute of it!

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Impersonator Miguel, Kim, Trish, Impersonator Brendan, and one of Chisme's lizard-loving reporters, Bob

 
Jesus Christ Lizard! E-mail
Features - Flora and Fauna of Guatemala
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Bob and Trish Meredith's Lady Lizard Laying Her Eggs
 
April 16, 2016
Story and Photographs by Bob Meredith (except where noted)

Those of us who have traveled river banks and other shorelines almost anywhere from southern Mexico to the northwest coast of Ecuador are certain to have noticed the smaller lizards which sun themselves on rocks and branches and entertain us with their head bobbing and tree climbing antics. But, they have also startled the bejesus out of many of us when one, unseen and unexpected, has jumped in the water and run off causing a commotion that you in your startled state are certain has been caused by a 25 foot long crockagator.  .

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Jesus Christ Lizard Walking on Water
That’s right, “Jumped in the water and run off.” These lizards, properly called Basilisks, are most famous for their ability to “walk on water” which has earned them their nickname of Jesus Christ Lizards or simply, Jesus Lizards. The males have a crest on their heads. The little lady lizard laying her eggs and then covering them was not disturbed by my photographing her. Depending on the temperature and a little luck, the eggs will hatch some 80 to 100 days from now. Let’s all wish the little lizards luck.  (More photos below)

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White-hat John Leaves the Rio E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Life Changes

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White-hat John is Saying Adios to the Rio

April 9, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor

After many happy years here on the Rio Dulce, White-hat John decided to move back to the USA. Friends gave him a good send-off at Pony-tail John’s apartment last week. (We have to keep all these Johns straight, somehow!) Mikey the Wrench bought John’s boat (yep, with the motorcycle still onboard), leaving him free to go. He’s excited about getting into gardening, again, and living near his family. We’re going to miss White-hat John and his good-natured teasing, but he promises he will be back to visit us. We extend warm wishes for a happy future, John!

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Guy Holds Up John's Going-away Card, Signed by Many Friends
 

 

 

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