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Liberar La Mente is admittedly in it’s infancy. Our focus is on exposing underprivileged children of Peru to the technology which has become standard in global society and that which many of us take for granted. The idea is simple, the problem is not. In the early stages of globalization there are many winners and [...]

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Dog LIfe

June 5, 2011No Comments

I think I am spoiling the dogs. We adopted Simon (an oversized American Labrador) at the age of 15 months. We were living in Peru at the time and an engineer who worked for my father brought him back from Bolivia and could not keep him. After seeing his picture for the first time, I [...]

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Beard Life

June 5, 2011No Comments

With the entire world on its toes, the 2009 bi-annual World Beard and Moustache Contest kicked off on Friday in Anchorage, Alaska. The American team who was hosting the event for the second time this decade had lofty goals going into the weekend. When the smoke cleared the United States emerged as the new world [...]

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Coffee Life

June 5, 2011No Comments

I was at the fish market today (Pike’s Market) which houses the first Starbuck’s café and it dawned on me as my lust for a soy chai latte overcame my desire not to stand in line with a bunch of noisy tourists. What a cultural phenomenon coffee shops are! For me it’s something I do on the weekends mostly. I’m usually out doing errands or running around when I see that green Starbucks sign and I’m helpless against it. During a conversation about spending habits last Thanksgiving my brother-in-law (the accountant) forced me to calculate [...]

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Vacations, there is nothing quite like them. But sometimes it’s hard to check out of your life to take one. I am writing this after a 9-day holiday in Brazil that I was unsure about before I left. I know, boo hoo, it sounds so pretentious but it’s true I was on the fence about whether I wanted or could leave. There were difficulties with the company; there was the expense of international travel; there were problems with the visas required by US citizens traveling to Brazil. It all seemed to be more stressful than relaxing. But in the end my wife dragged me kicking and screaming to [...]

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