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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 »

Ahendu in October

Ahendu in October

Several times a year Peace Corps volunteers hold a musical event called “Ahendu” at a club in Asunción.  Most of the music performed is rock, jazz, blues.  I thought it’d be fun to play the violin but wanted to make sure I played something in keeping with the mood of the night.  So, I picked out a piece called “Robot Roll” written by Joe McDermott of Austin, Texas.  It’s the coolest song and luckily, Joe made for me an accompaniment track with his musicians at his recording studio.  At Ahendu we had a great sound system and a DJ who knew ... Read More »

Overcoming Evil With Good

Overcoming Evil With Good

It is important to me that I not dwell on the negative, but at times it is inevitable. Difficulties will arise to be faced head on –  topics that require focus and attention.  They’re a challenge to think about, but they have to be addressed in order to move on.  There can be events or situations in our lives that are so especially dark and are such a heavy burden that it becomes a necessity to work through them and find relief.  In my view, darkness can be overcome by shaking things up, upturning the tables, standing strong and firmly resisting ... Read More »

One Day, Some Day

One Day, Some Day

What does barrel racing have to do with my adventures in Paraguay?  It doesn’t.  But, this photo of my friend and hairstylist Rhonda, who lives in Waco, Texas, does.  Here in Paraguay, on my bulletin board, is this same photo of Rhonda with her gorgeous horse,   It says so many things to me each time I admire it.  It reminds me of sweet friendship and shared stories at my monthly hair appointments as she cut and colored my hair.  But, it reminds me of my roots in more ways than one:  It tells me that I’m a Texas girl, ... Read More »

Porter’s Memorial Service

Porter’s Memorial Service

I woke up intentionally early yesterday –  at 5:00 a.m. –  so I could get on down to the corner here in San Bernardino to catch the bus to Asuncion, avoiding the work crowd that fills the bus early in the morning, leaving no place to sit for the two hour ride. Turns out I wasn’t early enough and had to stand in the aisle. Umphh. The word in Castellano for “to take” a bus is “tomar” which is the same word used for “to drink” and definitely, at times I feel like I’m gulping quite a bit on these ... Read More »

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