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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Jim Brogan of the More Living with Jim Brogan show on Knoxville's WOKI Talk Radio 98.7FM. The pre-recorded interview will be broadcast on WOKI this Saturday, June 12th at 9am and 3pm. It will also be available a few days later on the Brogan Financial website at https://broganfinancial.com/our-podcast/ . Here's the press release with the full details: KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA, June 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A recent Washington Post article...

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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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Strange times we are living in. Many people, being forced to spend more time in their homes, are finding their lives completely disrupted. Some are responding better than others, and many couples are finding out things they may not have necessarily have wanted to know about their relationships. For my wife and I, perhaps the biggest revelation of the past six weeks is how little our lives have changed. Our income sources are unaffected, we can still get out and...

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I received a lot of emails after my post on the Queen movie and my reminisces on playing in local bands. Much to my surprise, people wanted more band stories. So here we go, by popular demand, a look back at one of the most dreaded events in any amateur musician's life - that nerve-racking procedure know as the audition. It is a well-known fact that the only thing harder than keeping a band together is putting a band together....

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There's a moment of clarity, just before you begin, when you think calmly to yourself, "Why am I doing this?" Then the calm is shattered by sheer terror as you are flung out over the abyss. Now your brain is screaming "WHY AM I DOING THIS?!" This was my experience with the "Casa del Arbol" in Baños, Ecuador. Sometimes called "the Swing at the End of the World", this site was made famous by a 2014 photo taken for a...

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I could feel the urge building over the last few weeks, and then this Sunday, it finally happened. I woke up with a raging gumbo-ner. I just had to make my favorite New Orleans meal. Gumbo is not something to be taken casually. It is not one of those "one pot" dinners that you can "whip up". To do it up right, you really need to dedicate the whole day to preparing one meal. Sure, there are "quick and easy...

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Living in Ecuador, we have a big money problem. Or rather, we have a problem with big money. The sad truth is that the cost of things like cabs, buses, fresh produce, lunches, haircuts, and so on are so low, that no one likes to break large bills. Taxis frown at anything over a $5 bill, and trying to use anything larger than a $20 anywhere but a major chain store or restaurant is almost impossible. So here in our...

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We have been spending time each day now preparing for our written Ecuador citizenship tests that we will have to take later this year. This involves working on our Spanish, in addition to trying to cram some information into our old, tired brains. As I struggle to try and memorize the names of Ecuadorian Presidents and their accomplishments, the provinces and their capitals, major geographic features, dates of holidays, and random cultural facts, I find myself thinking about both the...

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I've got some good personal news to report, and another important milestone in our quest to prepare to hike the Inca Trail - now just 53 days away. As I was able to announce to the attendees at International Living's Quito conference, "Hooray - I'm Fat!" Constant Readers among you may remember that back on October 11 of 2016, I was able to announce that I had cracked the 35 BMI barrier, and was then considered "obese" rather than "morbidly...

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