Crow’s Feet
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Crow’s Feet

My Retirement Diary: Learning Spanish but Being Afraid to Speak It

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It all started in a butcher shop — una carniceria — in Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica. I knew that “carniceria” meant butcher shop. I went in to buy three pounds of high-fat ground beef to be used in a dinner I planned to cook for my traveling companions. I had Costa Rican currency in my pocket, various ground meats in front of me, and a butcher wanting to do business. But we…




“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” (Frank Lloyd Wright) Non-fiction pieces, personal essays and occasional poems that explore how we feel about how we age and offer tips for getting the most out of life.

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Orrin Onken

Orrin Onken

I am a retired elder law attorney who lives near Portland, Oregon. I write legal mysteries for Salish Ponds Press and articles about being old.

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