|George points out the view at one homesite|
|Attorney Roberto explains Costa Rican law|
|Learning the features of George's "spec" house|
Another chunk of my time of late has been devoted to the volunteer work I’m doing with the Partido Verde Ecologista (PVE), or Green Ecological Party. When I first read about the group and their plans to campaign to get an environmentalist elected to the Assemblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly) in 2014, I was intrigued and wondered if, given my extensive work in politics over the years, I might be of help to them. The magnificent Costa Rican environment is fragile and I see many instances where poor political choices now threaten the ecology of this small nation. I felt that if my experience could help them achieve their goals it would be gratifying to me and helpful in preserving Costa Rica’s stunning flora and fauna. A win-win proposition.
As volunteer work often is, it has already been far more rewarding than I had even hoped. As a first step, I introduced the key players in PVE to Daniel, my publisher at The Costa Rica News, who is also active in environmental issues. Together with Rodrigo J. Arias, the founder of PVE, and Carlos Arrieta, the chief of political action (and a former candidate for the Assemblea), we are working to increase public awareness of their platform and to attract funds and volunteers to their campaign. I would ask each of you to visit the Facebook page and hit “like” so we can generate a buzz of excitement about their efforts. In fact, if you appreciate the work they are doing, post a comment on your Facebook page with a link to theirs and help get the word out about this important undertaking. Thanks!
|Kat and her new keyboard|
And finally, I’m delighted to report that I have a keyboard again, an electronic piano to accompany Layne on guitar as we serenade one another in the balmy evenings. A friend here in Atenas had bought it for his wife last Christmas but she never learned to play, so it’s basically brand new. Another friend recently brought a sustain pedal back from the States for me so I’m all set to entertain. It’s great fun to have a piano available again, even if it’s only 60 keys instead of 88. I’ve been downloading sheet music and practicing scales to get my rusty fingers back in shape to tickle those ivories so lookout if you come for a visit. You may have to endure some musical entertainment!