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The Dog Days of Pura Vida

When you can’t get a damn thing done

Adelia Ritchie, PhD
ILLUMINATION
Published in
7 min readJul 26, 2023

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Gorda, the resident stray at Los Gatos Locos, photo by author, who feels just like this right now, only not as fat.

Ah, the dog days of summer, when the sun roasts me like a burnt marshmallow, and my productivity takes a vacation to a sandy beach. In this heat, my ambition melts faster than strawberry sherbet on a sizzling sidewalk, leaving me daydreaming of a chilly escape to Antarctica. The unrelenting heat turns what’s left of…

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Adelia Ritchie, PhD
ILLUMINATION

Author, science lover, contributing editor at SalishMagazine.org, expat, seeking the interesting and unusual.