Raising a Child in Peru

Note: I am an American expatriate living in Peru. Living in another culture offers the opportunity to see things from another angle. We have much to learn from each other. LP I have a student who is a successful businessman in Lima, Peru. He is a thoughtful, intelligent person. His work is important to him. Even more important  is his role as a father. His love for his son and his care for his boy’s upbringing has impressed me.  We meet two hours a week for an advanced conversation class in English. We  often talk about the raising of children, … Continue reading Raising a Child in Peru

Handyman Blues

“American men like to fix things. They love to do home repairs.” I was listening uncomfortably, glass in hand, to a know-it-all Brazilian lady who had lived in California for many years.  “Sure,” I told her, “many American men do love to tinker in the home.  Look at the great success of businesses like Home Depot. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. A tool in my hand is a dangerous weapon. I promise you that I will do more harm than good whenever I  try to fix something. Instead of a fixer upper, I’m a fixer downer. I destroy things. … Continue reading Handyman Blues

The B.V. Group

The Bodega Verde group has been going for some years, perhaps five or six, I can’t remember exactly. I refer to it as the expatriate therapy group because talking with friends makes us feel better.  I believe that is why members come from all over Lima.  We are a bunch of old guys who get together once a week to talk, not to complain, but to share our experiences, get information, and enjoy the atmosphere. It is voluntary, and no one exerts any kind of organization. We just show up around the appointed time. Politics isn’t a topic because we … Continue reading The B.V. Group