Author Archives: Jo Stuart

Here is a vote in favor of lengthy diplomacy and not bloody war

I have been trying for some time to understand international relations and politics.  Some people don’t want to be bothered, but I find the machinations of heads of states, when it comes to relations with each other, both fascinating and … Continue reading

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About that deep, torturing guilt at having done something wrong

There is buyer’s remorse and buyer’s fury.  The other day I bought another little bottle of Manzanilla Sofia, eye drops for my dry eyes, a condition many of us older people seem to be experiencing of late.  The tiny container … Continue reading

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Development is closing in and creating another Central park

Could the Earth be suffering from COPD?  It would not surprise me since so many of us humans are suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, why not the earth, too? There is another high-rise building going up in the vicinity … Continue reading

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Time is now to look for causes of unusual diseases that are cropping up

I was happy to read in this week’s A.M. Costa Rica that scientists have finally found that mild electrical shocks to the brain can improve the thinking abilities of individuals and may even help with some mental problems. When we … Continue reading

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The city streets are not nearly as mean as some visitors claim

I was sitting on my balcony the other morning concentrating on my breathing  A bird singing somewhat frantically caught my attention, and I sang to myself:  “Fish gotta swim, birds gotta sing.  No, that’s wrong.  Birds gotta breathe.  We all … Continue reading

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The strawberry surprise engenders concerns about the future of food

My friend Steve is back in town.  He had to choose between spending March in Minnesota or Costa Rica; and he brought a friend, John.  John is an architect, and he saw more buildings in downtown San José in a … Continue reading

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Hollywood evening highlights some of the big problems of society

The American Oscars program was Sunday, and although I had not seen one single movie of those nominated, I watched the whole thing, waiting for Bette Midler to sing.  Besides having a lovely voice, Ms. Midler has the same qualities … Continue reading

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Members of the Bad Food Gang are being vindicated by science

At long last, the mighty egg has been vindicated. As probably too many of my readers are aware, I have been defending (read ranting about) one of my favorite foods and a food that is a life saver for many … Continue reading

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Six years shows the more things change, the more they stay the same

Six years ago today my dear friend Mavis Biesanz died. We talked almost daily on the phone, and she and I would probably have a discussion about what is happening today as compared to 2008.  I miss our visits and … Continue reading

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Food is getting much too expensive to just throw away

My Italian grandmother was what I used to call a dumpster shopper. Occasionally I would go with her to the local A&P, and she would lead me around back. I asked her once why she did that when we could … Continue reading

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The year has not started off on a very intelligent note

Please, give me a break from the nonsense that the year 2014 portends. First, some advice to those who choose to get into politics:  Presidents can lie about their reasons for going to war, invading a country, torturing prisoners  or … Continue reading

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A look back into time at a pretty good day downtown

Ten years ago I moved from the East side of San José to Sabana Norte, on the west side.  This was a typical day back then.  Much has changed for me, but others, I hope, still enjoy such days. Early … Continue reading

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In support of civil disobedience and a pox on bad laws

Just because it is a law does not necessarily make it right or just.  Recently in the news has been the tragic story of a young woman, a wife and mother, in Texas who suffered a lung embolism.  As a … Continue reading

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Just what is wrong with being called anti-war, anyway?

Back in November 2006, I was sitting home nursing my broken wrist, which paid the price of a too vigorous ping pong game that landed me on the floor. I had time to watch the election campaign in the U.S.  … Continue reading

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It’s time to bring back the friendly downtown neighborhood

Instead of making any resolutions for the coming year and creating more stress and disappointment than I need or want, I am going to make a wish, or, if you prefer, a suggestion.  This is for my city, San José, … Continue reading

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The balance sheet between the value of war and of tourism

I read Tolstoy’s famous novel, War and Peace, many years ago.  It was in a box of books that a fellow student at Gettysburg College gave me when he went home to Delaware for Christmas vacation.  I was living in Gettysburg with … Continue reading

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None of the kids were naughty, and they all were very nice

We are knee deep into the holiday season, the time for company and office parties and general wassailing.  I don’t remember too many office parties I have attended in the past (who does?), but I vividly recall the most recent … Continue reading

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A reader responds and highlights contrast between philosophies

“…It is ironic to think that once energy, both kinds, were free and available to everyone,…”  from your column is wrong. “Energy (and/or food) were never free.  It took enormous amounts of work by individuals and teams to obtain it … Continue reading

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