Tending my garden

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I’ve been so touched by your emails, comments and messages of encouragement and love in the last two-and-a-bit years, especially the last few days. I feel like we are building a rather beautiful thing here, something very important to me: human connection. Human connection is the thing that saves my life on a daily basis in my recovery from alcoholism, the reason I travel, read and also write. The language of the heart is universal and always understood, no matter … Keep reading…

Helping Jorge: What a journey it’s been

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My friend Alison and I met with Jorge the other day to share a meal and pass on the remaining money from the Help Jorge fund made possible by so many of you. He was sitting on a concrete step just off Avenida Juarez, Playa del Carmen’s bustling main artery which was, as usual, a hive of activity. Taxis, collectivos, tricycles and autobuses clogged the narrow Avenue, competing for space amid the many pedestrians carrying out their errands at the … Keep reading…

Taking time for me and for him

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Holy crap, it’s December already! When did that happen? It’s been a big year. We came to Playa del Carmen to write books and eat tacos and swim in the sea, but so much more has happened. It has all been good, even the difficult stuff, and I am coming to understand that those challenges have softened and shaped me and deepened my experience of life more than just writing books and swimming in the sea and eating tacos would … Keep reading…

Helping Jorge: An Update

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It’s been just under six weeks since I published this post, along with an appeal for donations to help me help Jorge, a blind diabetic man who I crossed paths with here in Playa del Carmen. Well, if I didn’t already believe in miracles, I certainly do now, because I consider what we achieved to be exactly that. I received donations from people I know, didn’t know, or know but had no idea read my blog. I received $100 from … Keep reading…

Thank You

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This is a very quick update to sincerely thank all of your for the outpouring of generosity I have experienced since the Help Jorge appeal. Total monies raised have just reached US$1450 and donations are still trickling in. This is amazing!! I’m truly blown away by your kindness and very proud to be a part of such a generous, compassionate global community. Jorge is doing well, and is still under the care of my amazing friend Alison. She has told … Keep reading…

Meeting Jorge

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I was giving my friend Alison a ride home after an early dinner one night, as her car had a flat tire and she hadn’t had time to get it changed. She asked me to swing by the home of a local man, Jorge, who she’d recently been introduced to by a friend doing volunteer social work in the local community. The friend was moving away and needed someone to help the man with the twice daily insulin injections he … Keep reading…

School’s out for Summer! Instagram photo reel

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last few months of volunteering with the KKIS project, a local charity organisation providing English tuition and school supplies to a local school in Playa del Carmen. The grade two and three students I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with on Wednesday afternoons for the last couple months have never failed to impress me with their love of learning and fun. It’s hard to believe the year is already half-way through; since we’ve all worked so hard they’ve … Keep reading…

Keeping Kids In School and Myself Sane

KKIS Keeping Kids In School

I recently came across a local charity organisation, The KKIS Project (Keeping Kids In School), who run a volunteer English teaching program at a primary school north of Playa del Carmen. After traveling the world for a year, settling down in Mexico for a while is the best thing we could be doing, but even still, I am restless by nature and need to find ways to stay challenged. I thought spending an hour each week teaching English to school kids sounded … Keep reading…