Saturday, April 29, 2017

Orange Yellow Haiku & Next Week Plans

Still playing around with Haiku!  And my garden!   :-)  


Tomorrow is the annual oxcart parade in Atenas. I plan to be there again and post a few photos from it tomorrow night.
Then Monday morning I plan to take off for Corcovado National Park (largest rainforest preserve in Central America) & Drake Bay for 6 days of nature adventure & photography. I will have three trips into the park and one to an island out in this bay of the Pacific. I'm ready!

And I'm staying in what looks like a really nice lodge, Aguila de Osa Rainforest Lodge with all meals included and all trips/guides pre-scheduled. This is going to be one of my better trips!  :-)  Boat & hiking in the rainforest, explore a little tropical island, snorkle in the Pacific, and hopefully photograph a lot of birds!   :-)  I fly down.

¡Pura Vida!
Charlie Doggett
Retired in Costa Rica!

Friday, April 28, 2017

empinado o inclinado (Steep!)

The steep hill I walk up every day!
It's just outside the Roca Verde gate.
At least 45 degrees!
Atenas, Costa Rica

Going downhill is easy! Calle Boquerón o Avenida 8
Atenas, Costa Rica

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Quiet Introvert

One of the books I'm reading now is turning out to be a bit biographical at times. It is  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. As a child all the way through high school and into college, I was definitely an introvert, just check my old Myers-Briggs personality test scores! And it was considered something like a disease by some people who wanted to help me come out of my shell. 

But in college I was remade by Southern Baptists into an outgoing, extroverted personality. After all, that was the only way to be a dynamic or witnessing Christian and unfortunately is still the expectation of most evangelical Christians, their churches, and of course their leaders. So, I really wanted to become a good Christian and serve, and that meant being an extrovert. And I was for most of my adult life. It was necessary to keep my jobs working for Baptists! (Some who knew me as a youth minister or leadership consultant will have trouble believing this!) But as I neared and entered retirement I began to move back to how I was born, an introvert, and moving to Costa Rica has given me the opportunity to be myself maybe more than ever before. I'm very happy here as an introvert!

Now, don't worry. I have friends and socialize, just not as much as some here who can't stand spending a half a day alone, while in contrast I have to schedule such! And prefer to travel alone! I'm only a fourth of the way through this book, but enjoying it! Then I will be ready for another adventure or mystery story! I'm reading more here than in many years before. Guess why?

Pink Bud Haiku

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chromatic Ginger Haiku

Red Ginger flower
My Garden, Atenas, Costa Rica

Count it a coincidence that my ex-wife's nickname was "Ginger." She died last summer of cancer in Gatesville, Texas. And that she too was chromatically colorful in her own way.  :-)

Photo Gallery of My Home Garden

Link to post About Ginger & Jason just before she died.  

And the announcement of her death: Ginger Is Gone

Some may call it poetic justice that my garden has many of two kinds of flowers called "Ginger," this Red Ginger and a yellow Shampoo Ginger flower. Only fellow divorcees can understand all the many mixed feelings when something reminds you of your ex, especially after her death. Then life goes on!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In Memory of Mary Alice McMains

I just got word that Mary Alice McMains of Nashville, Tennessee died. My memory of her is as a quiet, ever faithful, behind the scenes Christian and "Prayer Warrior" at First Baptist Church Nashville. When I served as a missionary in The Gambia, West Africa she was possibly the most faithful person to pray for me and respond to my prayer requests. Anytime things were difficult I was reminded that Mary Alice was praying for me. I pray now that she and her life will be an inspiration to the many other people she has touched over the years.   ~Charlie Doggett

Garden Haiku

One of my joys in retirement;
just walking out the door!

¡Pura Vida!

Photo Gallery of  My Garden