From our friends at Appalacian State University

Every now and then we receive that age old question, “Where does the word ‘Chombo’ come from?”  We attempted to trace its evolution first from a term meant to identify, to a term meant to offend to, at present, more a term of endearment.  Our article Chombo was our first attempt to explore the evolution of this term which has caused so much hurt and controversy in Panama and abroad.

Today we’re posting yet another poem penned by Mr. Louis Emanuel which we thought worthy to post here especially during Black History Month in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  It’s humorous twist brought a smile to our face and we guarantee that it will raise even more questions in our present world which is more concerned about the rights of corporations than it is about human rights.  I believe it will also invite us to embrace our Chombo-ness!  Please read, enjoy and send us feedback. Continue reading

The Panamanian Retirees’ Breakfast Club

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To our esteemed friends and compatriots in Panama and the United States: we have published images from this “Journal” of activities amongst our various generations as a compliment to the “Panamanian Retirees’ Breakfast Club” hoping that other similar groups would leave their mark for the coming generations as we have done now for the past seven years. It was several years ago, when we were starting this work as a collection of blog sites, following them up with Facebook groups, that friends brought up what we thought were good points as we were going over the lives of our childhood buddies. Some of our friends are still with us and some- too many- have gone on to a better life. Continue reading

The Year


We want to take this moment to wish you all a very prosperous and health filled New Year for 2015!  Thank you, our valued readers, for supporting us and our cause and especially for your feedback which we prize highly.

Louis Emanuel, one of our contributing poets, has shared another poem with us; this time his verses recap the highly eventful year of 2014 which we have lived in Panama.  Enjoy! Continue reading

White Gold, W.B. Garvey’s Jewel


With Christmas around the corner, we wanted to give W.B. Garvey’s remarkable new novel the review it truly deserves especially for those of you who are looking to treat yourselves, or those important people on your holiday gift list, to a literary feast. Continue reading

Ode to the Silver Woman

The West Indian woman behind the counter of this Balboa Clubhouse store was one of many thousands of Silver Roll mothers and wives.  Year is 1959.

The West Indian woman behind the counter of this Balboa Clubhouse store was one of many thousands of Silver Roll mothers and wives. Year is 1959.

Mr. Emanuel Louis has shared another inspiration with us regarding the heroic Silver Woman.  We wanted to share this poem with all of our readers on this Panama’s special day to render tribute to our mothers.  For those of you, like me, who were raised by motherly figures like my grandmother, or aunts or other caring, nurturing women, this poetic tribute is doubly relevant.  Blessed the Lord for these loving mothers. Continue reading