July 2021

July 2021

I never quite pictured my laidback friends, Judi Porter and Jackie Poehner, as staunch feminist members of the bra-burning NOW [the National Organization for Women], fighting for equal rights and marching for same-sex marriage rights. When proposition 8 passed in California which banned same-sex marriage, and Judi and Jackie were at risk of losing their teaching positions due to their sexual orientation, they pulled up their roots and headed to the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. There they lived for the next 30 years as same-sex partners, without much ado. When Jackie and Judi started contemplating living abroad for their retirement, they knew their checklist needed to include social acceptance and legal protections for those living in the LGBTQ culture. And Ecuador became a viable option.

June 2020

June 2020

When I lived in Florida, growing a vegetable garden was like flying too close to the sun. Everything got burned to a crisp. But in Cuenca, where the warmth of the equator meets the high elevation of the Andes, the climate provides near-perfect spring/fall weather year round. The average temperature is low 50s to mid-70s most of the year, with frequent rains, so my plants have a fighting chance at life.