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Thanksgiving

Having a great Thanksgiving Day with my son, David, 30 years old, who is diligently studying for his law school exams as I simply basque in spending time with him, given his hectic schedule. On this quiet, cozy, rainy day, I’m writing to you about love. In this chapter of my life, I’m especially grateful for the love of family and friends. I’m thinking about the holidays — a time when we get all dolled up and go out to special gatherings. I don’t know about you but I’m danged pleased to have that opportunity, whether its to attend one ... Read More »

“Why, Certainly!”

I remember my crotchety, old Aunt Fannie, whom I loved very much, but who was chronically and woefully negative more often than not. My brother, David, and I used to play a game where we would think of something Aunt Fannie would really want, then slowly offer it to her, waiting, and hearing the “No” she’d bark back before hearing the rest of the question. Oh, we’d say. No ice cream for you, huh, we’d giggle. Several times this week I’ve encountered those impossible No’s and it made me think about the doors we could open by switching to the ... Read More »

Music of the Heart & Soul (May 6, 2016)

Music of the Heart & Soul (May 6, 2016)

Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina  Editor’s note: Jane Spelce served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, South America, from May 2013 to May 2015. She served in two communities, Yataity and San Bernardino. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Jane worked in non-profit development. A native Texan, Jane recently moved to Charleston, to James Island, to be closer to her children and new grandbaby. Article By Jane Spelce, Special to the Post and Courier Just recently I returned from a two-year journey into another culture faraway. There are many things that touched my heart and soul during that journey ... Read More »

We Almost Lost Walton

We Almost Lost Walton

Walton has been my son David’s buddy since childhood.  They grew up together in Waco, Texas.  On August 6th, I received messages from the U.S. from my son, telling me that Walton had a seizure and was in a coma in a hospital in Midland, Texas where he had recently moved to join a law firm there.  We were losing Walton.  They didn’t think he would make it –  this handsome, brilliant young man with the best sense of humor, a dry sort of wit, and a spunky outlook on life.   The doctors said there were no signs of ... Read More »

Jovenes Por Paraguay – July Camp

Jovenes Por Paraguay – July Camp

July 25:  It was good to get home and take a hot shower after four days avoiding it in the cold weather at Camp JoPa. (I did take sponge baths!). My skin was chapped from the cold and my body was very tired. Not quite sure how my buddies, Miriam, Maggie, Alecia, and Jeanetta, Marie, Vania, Shalissaand, Emily, did with so little sleep and SO much cold! They are indestructible. I enjoyed using the great smelling shampoo and bath gel Ann‘s friend Kay was so sweet to send me. “Living Grace” it’s called. Now, I’ve slathered the rich body lotion ... Read More »

Construye Tus Sueños Class

Construye Tus Sueños Class

Here’s our impressive group of students in the CTS Class we hold every Saturday, 9:30a – 12:30p at Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.  By the end of our 3 months of classes, these students will have produced their own individual Business Plan to utilize in starting their own negocio.  So proud of them.  June 3:  An ad I put on Facebook to announce the CTS Entrepreneur Class I would teach with Miguel “Chito” Zarate, Nunila’s son, the engineer. Amigos y Amigas de San Bernardino! Inscríbete ahora para este gran curso!  Las clases comienzan el sábado, 7 de junio y ... Read More »

Mother’s Day in PY

May 15:  Today was/is Mother’s Day in Paraguay and it was a great day spent with my host family. I’m so privileged to be part of this family during my time away from home. Read More »

Goodbye to Yataity

Goodbye to Yataity

After the multiple security issues and other factors I experienced in my site, it was decided that it was best that I no longer live in Yataity.  With sadness, but with great hope for the future, I have said my goodbyes.  I have made many beautiful friends in Yataity and I will never forget them. I will be writing another blog in the near future with information about my new assignment.  More and more I am impressed with the Peace Corps and the way they have handled the details of my move.  I am full of gratitude for them! Below ... Read More »

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