A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Bright Side Global Trade about the release of my latest book, Living Abroad - Challenging the Myths of Expat Life. It was just released on their website as well as on Youtube. For your viewing enjoyment (or amusement, as the case may be) here is the Zoom Interview. https://youtu.be/IZah_Lzz61E

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As you may know, Rita and I came back from six years in Ecuador with the plan of setting up a home base in eastern Tennessee, and then starting out on a roving retirement lifestyle. We had planned to spend two to three months in a different country, then try out another, and so on - only breaking to come back to the States and visit family. Well, the Days of Wine and Covid put a hold on those plans....

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Starting today and ending March 25th 2021, you can enter a free giveaway drawing from GoodReads. One hundred lucky people will receive the Kindle version of my latest book, Living Abroad: Challenging the Myths of Expat Life . Goodreads Book Giveaway Living Abroad by Jim Santos Giveaway ends March 25, 2021. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway Use the links above to enter. You can also order the e-book or paperback direct from Amazon now. Here are a...

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“In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.” ― Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde was truly a man ahead of his time. Never in history has it been easier to get a book published, and never has it been so difficult to get your book read. With three books now published (four, if you count an Ecuador Itinerary book I wrote for International Living) I've...

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As we get closer to the one year mark for our pandemic-restricted lifestyle, there are at least a few plusses. I've made some limited progress in learning to play the Chapman Stick, I've become quite proficient at baking bread, and this week I just published my third book in eight months. Living Abroad: Challenging the Myths of Expat Life is available now on Amazon in a B&W print version as well as a full-color ebook (there are about 24 pictures...

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It has only been four days since I said no political posts for a while, and although this touches tangentially on politics, it is not really a political post. What's on my mind today is something I think is at the root of most of the rancor and division in America. Too many Americans have lost the skill of critical thinking. Instead, they choose to "believe" things. What started me on this line of thinking this morning was a comment...

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Last week I had a typical yet interesting Facebook exchange with an Ecuadorian. I believe he spent some time in the US, and may have family there, but mostly he does one man shows around Ecuador. On Inauguration Day, he posted a simple "Welcome to Socialism". Comments were mixed, mine was rather tame in comparison to some - "Anyone who thinks Joe Biden is a socialist either knows nothing about him or doesn't understand the word." A few days later...

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From November of 2001 to July of 2015 I worked as a Senior Computer/Network Engineer for General Dynamics, assigned to the US Senate support contract. For the first seven of those years, before my wife's failing health led to me working more and more remotely, I worked out of an office in the basement of the Senate Russell building with about 40 or so other techs. We would be sent out on trouble tickets to work on computers, networks, printers,...

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When I ordered my 10-String Bamboo Chapman Stick back on May 5th in these Days of Wine and Covid, I wasn't thinking in terms of a Christmas present. But in a minor Christmas miracle, my much delayed shipment left California on December 18th, and arrived on my doorstep (did I hear reindeer?) on Christmas Eve. That may seem like a long delivery time - because it is - but you have to remember that these instruments are handmade to order...

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I was thinking this morning in the shower (it's where I do all my best existential thinking) that for all the Republican whining and pearl-clutching about imagined election fraud and far-fetched conspiracies causing them to lose the White House, they have only themselves to blame. It seems to me they had at least two chances in 2020 to seize the initiative and take total control of the government. What saved our democracy? Their own incompetence and short-sightedness, with a dollop...

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