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Farewell to our Prince of Peace ...

This beautiful mushroom photo was taken by our own, lovely, Happe Roberts

A lightning bolt changed our beautiful San Isidro Valley de el General on Tuesday nite ... it hit our beloved statue, often called "The Prince of Peace" / "Principe de Paz" or "The Saint" / El Santo, which had blessed our valley since November,1980.

In researching this monument to peace ... there are various versions of who it depicts ... I have always believed it was Jesus, though others feel differently. Here is Casey Bahr's blog post on it ... and here is Carol Vaughn's article from Inside Costa Rica on it's history.

Made of steel & fiberglass, standing tall on the hill above the Cerro de la Muerte, near San Rafael Norte, it became a meltable lightning rod.

The statue and the rock he sat on, La Piedra del Santo, was not without controversy. The rocks below are of a unique type and a few years ago a movement to save La Piedra and the Statue was waged by locals which included bumper stickers, TV interviews, and even a murder.

We are fortunate to have enjoyed him for so long, and hopefully he will be resurrected in the name of peace once more.

Attention to the expats that live in Costa Rica, since most of you are not aware of local news. The is an alert on el "Niño", it is forecasted that it will be the most severe in 33 years, therefore, a serious drought will affect the western part of the country.

Also, Worm compost with EM and Biodynamics C5.OOO Per 50 kg sack for more than 10 sacks at C4.000 per sack Call Chema 8387-8229.

Lots of new stuff for sale at

We have organic caraway & cardamom & hemp & mung & pumpkin seeds this week ... as well as organic neem and moringa oils .. both with amazing healing qualities. Also a new supply of Diotamaceous Earth and Nutritional Yeast.

At the back of Colibri's Corner, we have a growing collection of articles that are "Make Me an Offer" ... come by and check them out, as well as our books, different ones every week.

We also have a lovely selection of Christian books newly in ... let me know if you are interested and I will bring them to the feria or send you a list of what we have.

Our good friends at Kingyo Sushi & Fusion have a lovely new room for gatherings ... contact Roy at 2771-6927 to reserve it.

We want to welcome our new advertiser this week, Vino Don Julian! You may know his delicious organic, chemical free fruit wines. Don Julian has opened a small gourmet store near the Hotel Chirripo and we hope you will visit him soon. (Wine is 1,000 colones cheaper there than in the stores).

Remember too, for a delicious organic lunch, visit our friends at Urban Farm Restaurant, 150 meters south of the Stadium. They also have delivery service. Call 2771 2442.

Would love to welcome to many new readers and visitors to our blessed Southern Zone ... and remind myself and our readers to get and be prepared for anything that might be happening in Nature and otherwise. Trust in God and tie your horses.

If you are up above Rivas, I highly recommend you visit Rosidey's Casa Armonia ... see Events page for location & other details.

A reminder too, that getting your ads in by Tuesday 10am really helps us get this Vine out in a timely manner ... we still receive several submissions much later than that ... including today!

Pre-orders are so appreciated ... and help with the flow of everything ... the earlier the better and thanks for all. For turkeys, sausages & bacon & duck and rabbit .. they are necessary. Remember too that we have International Calling Cards ... way cheaper than ICE long distance.

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