I’m Back

Looks like one of those Costa Rican bugs has bitten me again – some internal one. Will have the tests back next week. I’m finally feeling good enough to drag myself off the couch and aah! that fresh Florida February air feels fabulous. Should have a story posted next week. In the next few days will give you some background material. Don’t give up.

How do you like my background? It’s called the Whale’s Tail – a part of the Costa Rican Pacific coastline that I see from my balcony everyday. I’m so lucky!

Are You Somebody?

After reading Nuala O”Faolain’s memoir Are You Somebody? I shed a few tears:

  • for the  pain and the beauty in this little treasure of a book I found at Goodwill.
  • for how it relates to me (we’re so egotistical aren’t we) and all women.
  • for the memory of my mother, whose birthday is today.
  • for my close friend’s mother’s dying, her funeral being today.
  • for my ill health. My stomach hurts from some undiagnosed what?
  • for my inability to settle my unruly thoughts, sort through them into a coherent view of my life and its relationships.

She tells her story with such honesty, power and frankness from a horrendous Irish childhood into her 50’s as she begins to deal with aging.  This American edition includes her Afterwords – the letters and stories she received. She just needed to tell her story having no idea that the instant best seller it became meant so much to so many people, especially women.

I was ready to write to her too, but found I was too late. She died late in 2008. I’ll write here instead. Hope to be posting some short stories soon.

And I thought I was going to write something funny and smart. Next time.  I’ll be back to my old optimistic self tomorrow.

Favorite Books/Writers

I’m back to Pat Vaughn’s writing group. Back to editing, critiquing, writing. Of course I never left reading. So here’s a list of some of my favorite books/writers from mostly the present in no particular order. 

  • Barbara Kingsolver – Poisonwood Bible
  • Shirley Hazzard – Transit of Venus
  • Mary Gaitskill – Veronica
  • Jeanette Winterson – The Passion
  • Jonathan Franzen – The Corrections
  • Michael Pollen – The Botany of Desire
  • Elizabeth Berg – Pull of the Moon
  • Don DeLillo – The Body Artist 
  • Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Marilyn Robinson – Housekeeping
  • Nuala O’Faolain – I Dream of You

Try them or comment. What are your favorites? Always looking for new reads, though I have 2 stacks on my table ready to go.


It’s all out there now. Public. That’s what I keep forgetting. And there’s so much of it. (At least nothing goes out until I hit post.)

  • I sit here listening to NPR. The bailout -don’t continue to give to the haves. Pepsi’s Gatorade change to G – what a slap in the face!
  • CR sends me an email with  youtube.com Playing for Change – I want to dance inside and out. Each computer site I enter leads me away to another.
  • In the car, listening to an audio Loving Frank (Lloyd Wright) by Horan -what a preposterous genius. Need some visuals and background. Find a book, go on-line.
  • Nap time is for reading a book in print, Are You Somebody? by O’ Faolian. Still buy the Herald-Tribune, but how much longer will I keep the wonderful, archaic habit of reading the paper with the requisite cup of coffee? CRB sends email – the Costa Rican major newspaper La  Nacion, will probably have to give up print and go only on-line.

My mind’s awhirl. How did life change so much in such a blink-of-the-eye? And I didn’t even get to TV.

New Plans from Jill

First thanks to my son Ray (Scoot) for being enthusiastic about my dipping into the waters of the social web world and teaching me to swim. So far I’m just floating. A start. My interests:

  • Politics – love being left
  • writing – creative and otherwise – trying to wean myself from the paper journal (except for secret things)
  • life and times in Costa Rica – live there half the year

If you have any interest in me and my stuff tune in.

Hello world!

Gotta start somewhere. I’m sending this out to my meager email list. If you access my blog please reply and tell all your friends. I am also on Facebook. My son Ray is helping me get started. My blog name is CostaJill.com or do you already know that? I’m interested in learning how this whole internet writing world works. I understand that works on paper are almost obsolete. I’ll be posting my thoughts and writings – political, personal, whatever is entertaining or interesting at the moment. Hope you join in. Got any questions, hints, suggestions? Let me know. Hello world. Jill