Survival Spanish

 Survival Spanish When you travel outside the U.S., being somewhat familiar with the local language will be the difference maker!!  Adjusting to the local environment will be much more enjoyable if you can communicate.  For the next several months, we will attempt to prepare you for this transition. Having a great teacher is the key to learning a new language.  I have tried them all, I think.  Since there are hundreds of Spanish Courses, I have experimented with the better known courses.  [Read more...]
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Our Country Is In Trouble

  OUR COUNTRY IS IN TROUBLE Do you think our government is operating at peak efficiency?  Is there a contribution that we the citizens can make that will help solve these problems? Is it a Democrat problem? Or a Republican problem?  Many think it is a White House problem.  Personally, I think it is a Congressional Problem. Congressman Mark-Wayne Mullen (R-OK) was found on one of his first days in Washington on the wrong bus enroute to the Capital.  Apparently, he mistakenly had [Read more...]
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Ecuador | The Good | The Bad | And The Ugly

Have you ever wondered if "Perfect" was possible for a place to retire?  Since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1995, we have traveled to numerous countries in searching for that "Perfect Place". We went to Baja, Mexico and found a great Mediterranean climate, but it was too dangerous. The border areas of Mexico is not a place you want to live. We went to Costa Rica and found a beautiful oasis with mountains and beach front property.   However, the growing expat community has caused escalation [Read more...]
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Tahlequah | Home of the Cherokees

Throughout my years in the U.S. Navy, people would ask, "Jim, where are you from?"  I would always answer, "Oklahoma".  That would routinely bring the response, "Oh, you're out there where there aren't any trees".  I would quickly add, "No, where I am from there are a lot of trees, rivers, lakes and what we actually call mountains".  They really are just hills, but to us they are mountains compared to the plains of Western Oklahoma. I grew up in a small town called Tahlequah, which is home [Read more...]
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