Taking the Long Road

Dominican Republic II

Las Terrenas in Samana

We spent close to $200 for a taxi from Sosua to Las Terrenas, a nearly 3-hour trip along the northern coast. Las Terrenas is on the Samana Peninsula. First impressions were not very positive. This may have been due to all the positive press we’ve read over the past 2-3 years on the up and coming status of the area for expats . . .

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January 03, 2017

Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete

While our itinerary is more or less set for this three-week adventure, I wanted to give you a glimpse of my impressions of the Dominican Republic visit. Since we’re in the first half of the trip, we’ll look at part of the north coast today. Specifically, I’ll focus mostly on Sosua, a town of around 50,000 people. It is down . . .

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December 31, 2016

End of Summer

Silvrback blog imageI seem to be one of those types who is always burning the candle at both ends. I have a job that has its own demands, plus additional jobs to fill in any spaces left in the life.

 To make matters worse, I’m easily distracted which makes me painfully inefficient. That’s a conversation for another day – don’t . . .

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December 03, 2016

Working Out My Plan B


Panama City Bay NightMy wife and I spent three weeks in Panama this summer. Last summer we did the same in Ecuador. And in January, we squeezed in over a week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Each was a great visit for us, but in different ways. Investigating warmer environments has been on our agenda as we seek to identify prospective second residences . . .

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August 07, 2016

I'm No Prince

Reflections on Being Average

loading....I’m just an average guy. I haven’t accomplished anything particularly memorable, nor does it appear anything along this line is going to emerge anytime soon.

 A recent quote from an interview on the late artist Prince reminded me again that exceptional performances require exceptional commitments. And average . . .

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April 24, 2016

How Much of Life Will You Exchange for It?

Silvrback blog imageI suppose the first question to be answered is what the “it” is in the title. I can say that the it varies from person to person and is determined by our life circumstances, to some degree.

Thoreau is quoted as saying that "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it".

No. I’m not hanging . . .

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December 19, 2015

Midlife: Moving from Somebody to Nobody

Midlife men, I’d mentioned awhile back that I had been reading a book on growing older. It contains relatively short chapters on topics such as regret, fear, joy, relationships, and such, over 30 different topics. A chapter on ‘meaning’ touched a nerve recently. It seemed particularly relevant to me and captures what I think is a key question . . .

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December 06, 2015