Nuts, in a sea of change
Everyone here in Puerto Rico has been lovely. Sweet, friendly, supportive – from the people attending and working at the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute, to the taxi drivers, to the people who live in, or visit, Aguada. People actually smile and say hello when you cross paths with them; it a welcome change from from the often-stoic New England.
Today, I met an older man on the beach. His name is Hector, and he had walked 90 minutes along the shoreline from the adjacent town of Rincon. He was thrilled that he had made such a long journey, in support of his health. He looked happy and was pausing in shade of a coconut palm, where I had been napping after my swim, to refresh himself.
He immediately assumed I spoke Spanish. “You have a Latina American face, ” he said, in his best English. Read the rest of this entry »
Green's the color of Spring
Did you know that mangos are free in Puerto Rico? They just grow on trees, everywhere, and people stop their cars to collect their fill, then go about their lives. It is just what they do. Back in Connecticut, that would be like if apples were free. They probably were free and were everywhere, 100 years ago. What happened to us? We should get that back; page Johnny Appleseed for me.
Anyway, I got to eat my fruit on the beach today. It was a free, incredibly ripe and juicy mango. I christened it the Best-Damn, Most-Delicious Mango that I’ve ever had.
And, it is a good thing I enjoyed-the-hell out of that BDMD Mango today because things are heating up at the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute. By heating-up, I mean the health thing is cranking into high gear. Read the rest of this entry »
The dream, That came through a million years, That lived on through all the tears.
When I knew my job was ending, I was encouraged to make a plan for “what’s next.” My original idea was to unplug. To find somewhere to eat cleanly, to detox, to get healthy. I wanted to wake up each day and eat fruit on the beach. I wound up here.
“The Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute is located 50 yards from the beach in Aguada, on the west coast of Puerto Rico.” (from their website)
There could be other ways to spend the day, I suppose. Today, though, was spent this way. Connecting with new people. Getting sunshine and fresh air. Soaking in the water – “salt water therapy,” as my friend Giorgia would say.
Open your eyes and see, What we have made is real.
It is so much more than fruit on the beach. Thank you for your supportive comment and emails. More to come, as I learn more…