Author: Paul

To be sure, my niece, Kayla is NOT a foodie! In fact, she doesn’t stray very far away from her high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt fare. This is not a criticism, but merely a description of where her tastebuds are at this present time. Guatemalan food is pretty bland. It is not spicy at all and has pretty low salt content, etc. For example, our breakfasts were tortillas, black beans, plantain bananas, and yogurt and granola. Lunches and dinners were similar in…

So, as some of you know, I’ve been working with a teacher, Vidal, who lives in Guatemala. Over the four years that we’ve been working together, he’s become my very good friend, like a brother, actually. Naturally, when I go to Guatemala, I want to see him, hang out with him. And, so it was on Saturday, July 1st. We decided to meet, the 3 of us: Vidal, Kayla, and myself. We met near the market and headed for a…

Ignorance on display! 🙂 So, we are at the airport, getting ready for our great adventure. It’s about 6:00 AM and, as you can see, there are a lot of folks in the airport already. When I finally get up to a kiosk, I insert my card, find our reservation, and make my way through the “wizard”. When we I got to the point about baggage, it asked me how many bags. I indicated one per passenger. Click. Next screen…

Well, metaphorically speaking, a road. One can drive from Charlotte to Antigua, Guatemala, if one is willing to drive about 2700 miles. I prefer a quick flight. 🙂 As I’d mentioned in a previous post, I was taking my niece, Kayla, who had never been out of the country. Also, she’d never been on an airplane before. The day of her arrival, a Friday, I got a text from her saying that she was on the flight from Akron to…

1. Be impeccable with your words 2. Don’t take anything personally 3. Never assume anything 4. Always do your best The Four Agreements: Four “simple” agreements, easy to read, easy to understand, perhaps, but they take a while to implement, possibly years. If you can implement them, and step outside of the judgement zone … Be impeccable with your words: What does it mean to be impeccable with your words? It means without sin, as stated in his book –…

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear How many times have I heard the above quote. I always thought that it was cool, somewhat mystical; however, I see that it is, at least to me, practical and true. In other words, when I am ready to learn about something, I will seek out a way to learn about it, or that way will be presented to me in some manner. There are a number of books that I…

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