Memo to Donald: Time to Build Another Wall


Dear Donald, or better “Your Excellency,” it’s time to build another wall.  For years Canada has been pushing drugs, mostly Viagra, across the Canada/US border, and now canada-legalizing-weed-oct-17-2018that Canada has legalized recreational marijuana, a big pot flood is coming across the border.

You’ve managed to insult our Canadian neighbors, and even before this current threat to our national security, you have recognized the security threat of our all of our neighbors … Canada, Mexico and Cuba.  They are all out to get us!

So build another wall!  Get Canada to “pay for it!”  Apparently your big wall on the Mexican border is coming along, despite the fact that it has become evident that Mexicans, in addition to knowing how to use ladders, know how to build very sophisticated tunnels.  We’ve managed to keep our Cuban neighbors impoverished for 60 years with our cruel embargo.  It’s never hurt the Cuban government and in fact has given them a wonderful excuse for all their policy failures: “It’s fault of the US Embargo.”  Abusing and bullying neighbors is always a good idea.  And you can now add presdonaldtrump-1022296714Canada to your personal list of “shit hole countries.”  But at least they are happy and don’t always look or act like they have a severe case of constipation.  By the way, instead of just sitting on the pot Tweeting out your frustration and inadequacies, maybe you should try pot.

Me?  I can be happy without weed.  I just couldn’t “inhale” and I still can’t.  I guess it is a penalty for never having been a smoker.

Besides, I’ve always preferred building bridges instead of building walls.

What’s here?

DSC_0481It is hard for me to believe that I’ve been blogging here, about living in Panama, travelling the world, some of my thoughts and opinions . . . and that people from around the world have read and keep reading.  Unfortunately blogging has been replaced by Twitter feeds and other avenues, maybe for better and maybe for worse, but I just don’t have the time to continue blogging regularly.  From time to time I’ll write something and if you’re interested just SUBSCRIBE over at the bottom of the right sidebar.  Nobody else will see your email, and no salesman will call.

One of the great joys of blogging has been to meet and have contact with so many people.  The thing that has impressed me most as I make my way around the world is that despite or ideological, political, religious and cultural differences, people are pretty much the same with the similar desires, needs, feelings, and aspirations.  The more we can encounter people, people-to-people, with respect, and share together, the better this world will become.

Thanks for visiting!


Fifteen years ago when we moved to Boquete, Panama, there really wasn’t a whole lot of information available online, and blogging was somewhat new, so I began blogging about the joys and challenges of living in Panama. Then lots of folks started blogs, so now I only write occasional pieces about living in Panama. But not to fear … there is a whole repository of interesting blogs about life in Panama right here.


It is a tough job, but someone has got to do it. My first cruise ship gig was back in the 60s on the cruise staff of a student ship to Europe. Eventually I started working my vacations as a chaplain on cruise ships, that led to us owning travel agencies in Southern California, and then after retiring early and moving to Panama, and then 12 years ago I began lecturing on cruise ships. Now, after countless cruises, two trips around the world, and lecturing on over 294 different ports, I’m still enjoying being at sea on luxury cruise ships. It is a better retirement job than being a greeter at Walmart, not that there is anything wrong with being a greeter at Walmart. So, come along and share the adventure!


We have a beautiful Tuscan-style estate home just outside of Boquete with 4 acres of tropical landscape with coffee, banana, avocado, and citrus trees. We also have a spot right on and overlooking the water in Boca Chica. And, I’m still working on ships 4 to 6 months a year … so eventually we are going to want to downsize. So, if someone comes along who wants a beautiful tropical estate …