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Isinglass- A Christmas Tonic Westindian Style

Sea Moss. I buy my sea moss from a local Westindian man who processes it himself.

Sea Moss. I buy my sea moss from a local Westindian man who processes it himself.

Gum Arabic is a resin.

Gum Arabic is a resin.

Leaf gelatin.

Leaf gelatin.

Christmas should be a time of giving and good feeling even if we don’t always observe the traditional exchanging of gifts and decoration of our surroundings. These days, however- in Panama as well as elsewhere- folks are obsessed. They eat and drink (alcoholic beverages) to the point of unconsciousness usually making themselves sick from their incessant feasting and general Rumba. Making merry is taken to excessive levels in our world and the statistics for emergency room admissions on account of intoxications will testify to this. Continue reading

La Boca Town: Farewell to an Icon

La Boca Town in flames as seen from a distance.
Image thanks to La Prensa.
A typical Quadrille group. Image thanks to
Hilario Campos.

With a justifiable note of regret the residents of La Boca Town gave a final farewell to the legendary piece of real estate that burned down completely on February 21, 2002. Today, 4th Street in Rio Abajo, where for decades La Boca Town was located, is witnessing dramatic winds of change. People from other areas and cultures have come to settle in this area and the descendants of the original Black Westindians who came with the construction of the Canal have departed in other directions or have simply died out slowly. Continue reading