Category Archives: Silver People of Panama

A Career Turn Around

Even today Panama’s Criminal Justice system is under heated scrutiny.  Thank God my dealings with them over my Uncle did not effect my future career goals.

During these crucial times of considering my career options, whether to push to get on the Governor’s list of teacher appointees for the Province of Bocas del Toro or to travel to New York City at my father’s beckoning to obtain employment there, I was asked to do a favor for my Aunt Elsie. Continue reading

The Luxury of a Routine

Flat tires became oart of my routine.

Flat tires became oart of my routine.

I met the ensuing days with a comfortable routine. On many a night, I would lock myself inside the garage after deciding to stay all night, then do the natural things such as bathing and getting a well deserved night’s sleep on a bed roll on the floor of the garage. In the morning I’d change into my dried coveralls and wouldn’t officially open until some of the guys who worked all night at the gasoline pumps knocked on the roll-up gates alerting me that some customer had been looking for me for a mechanic job. Continue reading

My Mechanic Shop

This shop is very similar to my mechanic shop on Ave. 12 de Octubre with the Dos Pinos cooperative.  Image.

This shop is very similar to my mechanic shop on Ave. 12 de Octubre with the Dos Pinos cooperative. Image.

I directed the Chivita driver to drive his vehicle over the  air powered lift and after the small bus was in place I was able to raise the vehicle to a height I would be able to manage. He wanted to follow me under the vehicle but I wouldn’t allow him in such a dangerous zone. I told him, You just sit at the desk and read the newspaper and let me to check out the “Chivita.” He did as I instructed him. Continue reading

Dedicated to the Silver Women on Mother’s Day

The Clubhouse in Balboa around 1959, manned by a hard working Silver Woman.

The Clubhouse in Balboa around 1959, manned by a hard working Silver Woman.

Taking a well deserved pause from our chronicle we want to share a poetic tribute to our Silver Women on Mother’s Day.  This poem is provided, once again, by our resident poet, Mr. Louis Emanuel and it is especially dear to our hearts. Continue reading

The Inauguration of the Panama Canal in Pictures

Today, August 15, 2013, marks the 99th anniversary of the inauguration of the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914 . We thought you might enjoy a gallery of images, mainly provided by the Library of Congress, related to this momentous event so many years ago that changed the lives of people all over the world and became a boon to international commerce and travel.   We hope you enjoy the pictures.

Colon, the Forgotten Province

Colon really has the better architectural design despite the neglect.

Colon really has the better architectural design despite the neglect.

Colon Province during the early years of the 1950’s would have comprehended about 4,868.4 sq km and had a population of about 170,000 people of which more than half remained on the left bank of the Canal of Panama, and of the population of the right bank of the Canal we hardly knew anything. The majority of the capital’s population, of course, was West Indian mostly linked to the Silver Roll. Although the City of Colon occupied less than one fifth of the entire area of the province of Colon, the Afro-Caribbean community had always been a huge component and marked the identity of its population. Continue reading