Life Style & Travel

Aporphobia At Last

UNITED STATES—Humblest apologies to the reader for our picaresque luncheons occupying the last column. You were left wondering about aporphobia, which lurks at the center of my Madrid experience. The digestion of we three travelers from America we was working away on croissant, milanesa and chicken wrap when we ventured toward the Central Park of Madrid, El Retiro. We didn't...

Football Season Is Upon Us!

UNITED STATES—Good riddance summer, hello fall! I will be the first to tell you all I am glad summer is behind us. I have never been a fan of the hot summer months. I hate when the weather is muggy, excessive heat, and the fact that I’m a natural sweater does not help the situation. I’m not a fan...

Hedges – Living In The Background

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UNITED STATES—Pretty soon, as autumn weather starts to get cooler, some deciduous plants will develop brilliant color before defoliating for their winter dormancy. Throughout the rest of the year, evergreen plants with gold, silver, bronze, bluish, purplish, reddish or variegated foliage are more colorful than common green foliage is. A few deciduous plants with colored foliage turn different colors...

Aporphobia

UNITED STATES—In Hollywood, I ran into some French tourists and their children. One of the dads told me, "We feel good in Hollywood." I replied, "You come here to feel good, and I go to Paris to feel good." We laughed. Of course when I said that I was thinking really of Madrid, and those days in the end of...

Shade Can Be An Asset

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UNITED STATES—Just about every home garden has some sort of shade. Even if there are no substantial trees or shrubbery, there are northern walls of homes and garages, and they likely have eaves that extend their shadows a bit farther. Fences to the south create shade to the north. Gardens of modern homes are smaller, and surrounded by higher...

The Ducks Of Las Rozas

UNITED STATES—Off we went, five people piled in a car, to the round restaurant in the planned community of Las Rozas. Around the table were our host, a rock musician self named Dave America, to whom we owed this trip, his girlfriend Miriam, and the poet, Oscar Noviembre. I had translated a selection of his poems for our bilingual...

Cooking Made Easy

UNITED STATES—Let’s be frank, most Americans cannot stand the idea of preparing a meal in the kitchen. It’s never easy to craft a dish in the kitchen, but preparation is the key word. The more you prep the easier it is to craft the dish that you want to cook. I recently heard someone talk about meal prepping for...

Ferns Are Delightful Without Bloom

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UNITED STATES—Many of the most popular plants are expected to bloom to add color and fragrance to the garden. Many others are grown to produce fruit or vegetables. Some are appreciated for their foliar color in autumn. Big trees are grown for shade. Turf grasses are grown as lawn. Evergreen shrubbery makes hedges. It seems that all plants perform...

Gaming To Make Money

UNITED STATES—There are people who play videogames and there are those people who are hardcore gamers. How would I define a gamer? A gamer is someone who just has a natural skill when it comes to playing video games. They know how to utilize tricks and tactics to make finishing a game easier. I would consider myself a gamer....

Irresistible Temptations

UNITED STATES—As Americans, many of us would like to believe we have the ability to not indulge in temptations that could be potentially bad for our health. For me, its sweets, however, I’m not always craving something sweet, but I do like baked goods at times, particularly cake and fresh cookies. Let me be clear I’m not the person...
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