Toucan Tango

The toucans were dive-bombing my shoulder as I listened to Danny, my intrepid tour guide, explain that all of the enclosed birds had been rescued and brought here. I counted at least two keel-billed (rainbow) toucans, maybe a dozen of their less dramatic brethren, the yellow-throated toucans, and a couple colorful mini-versions, the collared avacari….

Slothy Kisses

Since watching a sloth documentary a number of years ago, I have been in love with sloths, and hoped to one day get up-close and personal with these mellow mammals. So, when planning my trip to Costa Rica, a place sloths call home, my main goal was to kiss one of those bad boys. My…

The World at my Fingertips

Buster was my office mate and neighbor for over twenty years, and while we each enjoyed a fair amount of privacy, our walls were quite thin and our lives held few secrets. Buster had a computer, which he used to conduct most of his insurance business, but he used his trusty IBM Selectric typewriter for…

A Lonely Christmas

At 98 years old, my great-aunt Lena was like a child when it came to holidays and decorations. She was looking forward to having me decorate her apartment for Christmas…I’d been doing it for her since she moved from San Francisco to a local retirement facility six years prior. So on the Saturday after Thanksgiving,…