"'Please, please me' rings out from the Beatle Bar across the road, better known as the 'liason' point for local girls, their mothers and, in some instances, their grandmothers. Prostitution is legal in Costa Rica, and with the average job paying $100 per month, a night out with a tourist can make a big difference. The Monkey bar is filled with Australian surfer dudes transfixed by 'wave' movies playing over the gyrating dance floor. Dirty dancing takes on a totally new meaning here."
"Judith Blasko, age 14, of East Hartford High School, responded to the question, 'As a member of the Future Teachers Club, in what way does teaching appeal to you?' Young Ms. Blasko replied, 'I want to be a teacher because I have always enjoyed working with children and I enjoy helping them to learn things. I think the reward from teaching, to a teacher, is in helping children form new ideas.'"
Happy birthday to the most amazing sister in the entire universe (and a shout-out to Peter!) Thank you both for leading by example, for holding strong to what's right, and for your guidance and support. My "safe space" has officially become the Venn diagram intersection of Kate's P.H.D. and Peter's law degree. The following "June 28, 2020"-titled blog posts are dedicated to you.