The Ponce Chronicles, 2020 Edition, Part 5 — More Earthquakes!
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Another shudder-thumper, a 6.0 quake, struck on the morning of our last day in Puerto Rico. It shook the house alarmingly, as we were engaged in a frantic race to finish final repair projects, clean up, get everything put away, … Read More

The Ponce Chronicles, 2020 edition, Part 4
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  Time for an animal report! Never mind the iguana. He’s an interloper and was chased off. No, I mean dogs. We’d gotten a complaint from one paying weekend guest about dogs running loose on the property. Really? we thought. … Read More

The Ponce Chronicles, 2020 edition, Part 3 — Earthquake!
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Just a few hours after I posted my last report, minimizing the effects of the quakes, the real one hit—6.4 magnitude­—at 4 a.m.! It was a bone-rattling, house-shaking event that sent us leaping out of bed and running out of … Read More

The Ponce Chronicles, 2020 Edition, Part 2
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No time for a real report today, as I have to leave shortly to pick up Jayce at the Ponce airport. She’s landing at 2 a.m., this being one of the more merciful JetBlue arrival times. Mainly, I wanted to … Read More

The Ponce Chronicles, 2020 edition, Part 1
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Not again! Ik thought. No, wait—that’s the opening line of one of my books. That should be: “Not again!” I yelled, turning on the hot water for a tired-after-travel shower, and finding only cold water. Hadn’t we fixed the hot … Read More

Ponce Chronicles the Fourth: And Finally There Was Light!
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This was in some ways the most difficult trip of our annual series, partly because problems we thought we’d fixed last time came back to bite us again. Just about everything that could go wrong, did. Water, electric, plumbing, appliances, … Read More

Ponce Chronicles the Fourth: And Then There Was Dark
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We have been in Ponce for two weeks. Everything is a blur, including some of the stray cats who dash by, nearly invisible. The to-do list has grown like triffids. Here’s Allysen’s rundown, before things started cascading: I need a … Read More

Ponce Chronicles the Fourth: Happy New Year!
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Happy Belated New Year, everyone! We started our new year in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where we’re beginning another round of upkeep, repair (yes, including Hurricane Maria repair, a year and a half later), and steady upgrading of Allysen’s mom’s house … Read More

Ponce Chronicles: Down to the Wire
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Our time here is nearly up–we’re down to hours now–and there is so much yet to do! I spent most of the last two days rebuilding some of the outdoor stairway railing that Hurricane Maria demolished. Finishing that job, and … Read More

Ponce Chronicles: Beauty Amid the Struggles
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One of the striking things about Ponce, and I guess much of Latin America and the Caribbean, is that there’s so much beauty right alongside the poverty. I don’t always notice, because we’re so focused on working to fix things … Read More

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