The Heirloom Tomato Man

Follow the purple arrow. You’ll find a purple gate. Above the entrance, you will see, “The Oasis for Conscious Living.” “Five dollars! It’s a bad road.” When we decline the price, the taxi driver shakes his head and zooms off. Five dollars is quite the exorbitant taxi ride for Cuenca. Zach, my boyfriend and Spanish guru, insists we wait to find a better deal. However, when two more drivers tell us the same thing, we forfeit our money and begin the journey. Our driver zigzags through oncoming traffic, abandons the…

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Ecuador Cares

Ecuador Cares is a new non-profit organization recognized by the Ecuadorian government, founded by a group of North American and Ecuadorians with a clear mission: to provide help and hope for orphans, the aged and the terminally ill.  The group came together in 2014 to help an orphanage in dire straits, lacking clean water, plumbing, and adequate food. When that project was completed with many man-hours of volunteer labor and a cash donation of just over $28,000 for a year’s worth of food, Ecuador Cares began a new project in…

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Rob Annis

Rob has had many occupations in his life. He was a miner in Sudbury Ontario; a policeman in Toronto; worked for the railroad as a policeman; was a tour guide for a mining company; a chiropractor; a chiropractic consultant; an insurance and mutual sales person; a real estate agent; a national /international Australian company Marketing manager; a post university instructor at a chiropractic college; a researcher, and a father. The last place lived was Vancouver for two years and Melbourne Australia for two years BEFORE THAT It was by accident.…

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Date Night – Loren and Nancy Kuehne

It seems like there is love at “first sight,” tell me about it. L: I was the president of a small community bank in Alamogordo, New Mexico and N: I worked for a local Red Cross Chapter. L: We didn’t know each other but drove together to a Red Cross Board of Director’s training in Albuquerque. N: With the drive and all that time together in the car talking, after 2½ days we knew we should be married. After your 3-week honeymoon in Europe, what did life look like? L:…

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X Marks the Spot: El Maix Owner Opening Taquería

“It’s not what you have. It’s about what you become.” This quote is one of many that have helped guide Hector Muñoz, owner of El Maix Tortilla Factory, on his journey around the world. From his childhood home in Jiménez, Mexico to the battlefields of Iraq, from security work in Qatar to university in southern Texas, from oil fields in North Dakota to the upcoming opening of his new restaurant in Cuenca, Hector’s journey has been made, as all of ours are, step by step. Poco a poco. Hector’s adventurous…

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