New Pot Plants

When they start looking “scraggy” I like to have a fresh start! And I recently did that with these two pots, one outside and one inside.

The inside one has had several little palms from the beginning that never lasted more than a year, if that long – evidently needing more sun. So I replaced the palm with a Monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss Cheese plant, which is in the philodendron family and can better handle the lack of sun, as already shown in one of the shady areas of my outside garden. A nice tropical change from the palms that kept dying!   🙂

I don’t remember the name of the green plant we removed from my outside frog pot, but it evidently needed more water than that little pot could hold and kept turning brown. So it has been replaced with a type of fan palm that is supposedly easy to grow. But with a smaller pot, I still need to be more frequent with the water!   🙂   And the green plant removed is now doing well in one of my outside gardens!

Monstera deliciosa or Swiss Cheese plant
Fan palm in frog pot.


“A dried plant is nothing but a sign to plant a new one”
― Priyansh Shah


¡Pura Vida!


See also My Home Gardens Photo Gallery and for the inside if my house:

My Rent House in Roca Verde  Photo Gallery.

The Future We Choose

Cristiana Figueres
Cristiana Figueres

We have just entered the most consequential decade in human history. The scientific assessment of climate change suggests this can either be our final hour, or our finest. The Future We Choose is an inspiring manifesto from Global Optimism Co-Founders, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. It explains what’s to come, how to face it and what we can do.

Practical, optimistic and empowering, this is a book for every generation that shows us how we can move beyond the climate crisis into a thriving future.

Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010-2016. Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.

One of the best things you do with your “down time” due to COVID19 is to read this book and participate in saving the earth before it is too late! Celebrate Earth Day 22 April 2020!  FIND THE BOOK HERE or simply do a search in your favorite online book source or ask for it in your favorite physical bookstore.

My friends in the U.S. especially need to read this due to the “rollbacks” of policy or the backward movement on climate change the current president and Republican Party have brought the last few years. It is not too late, but if we don’t start doing something now it soon will be too late! And how you vote does make a difference!

Go Green!

VOTE Blue!

¡Pura Vida!


Costa Rica Leads in Banning Plastic

Costa_Rica_relief_location_map-Palo-VerdeTiny little Costa Rica is leading the way by banning disposable plastic. See these neat little videos about the effort:

Costa Rica Is Leading the Way  (1:28)

We Can Save the World   (3:00)

Banning Disposable Plastic   (14:36)

Costa Rica Is First  –  the prettiest video is on my facebook page as a share.


“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall

¡Pura Vida

Atenas Teens Paint Sidewalks for Environmental Awareness

The other day I came across this youth group painting an environmental message on the sidewalk at one of the busiest corners in Atenas Central in front of a furniture store, across the street from Mercado Central and across another street from our University Extension campus.

Everything can have another life: RECYCLE

They are painting messages on several well-traveled sidewalk corners in town too create ecological awareness (conciencias de ecologica) or awareness of global warming (conciencias de calentamiento global) for the people of Atenas. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow and their actions speak well for our future.

Atenas Youth Create Ecological Awareness


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

—Margaret Mead


Earth University

People from around the world study ecology at Costa Rica’s Earth University   people who are changing the world for good (link is to English Language site)

Also a visitor’s English-Language Report on Costa Rica’s Earth University


¡Pura Vida!

Reduce Pollution!

Some youth in the city of Alajuela left a sidewalk chalk message for pedestrians the other day: something like “Be aware of the city and REDUCE pollution!”

¡Pura Vida!

Jane Goodall reads about Costa Rica with ‘Guardian of Nature’

Article copied from The Tico Times online edition, April 19, 2018
Famous primatologist, anthropologist and chimpanzee specialist Jane Goodall posed this week with a copy of the book “Guardians of Nature and her Friends: Save the River,” written by Costa Rican marine biologist Jessica Sheffield Zamora and illustrated by artist Shannon McWhirter.
This is the first book in a series focused on environmental education for children; for each hardcover book sold, a softcover copy is donated to a Costa Rican public school student in a rural school as part of the Guardians of Nature environmental education program. Kids can follow the story of Lucía, a nine year-old who loves nature but doesn’t believe she’s big enough to protect it.
Stay tuned for more on Sheffield Zamora and Guardians of Nature. For more information, visit La Guardiana de la Naturaleza’s webpage.


Photo Gallery of Nashville Group at Hogar de Vida is now posted. Sorry for the delay, but I focused on the book first, then got busy! Just sorry you can’t see the children’s faces, but online security is important now! I like my real world in Costa Rica better than the online world!  🙂    ¡Pura Vida!

And tomorrow is Atenas’ Oxcart Parade, so expect photos of that tomorrow!  🙂

Costa Rica Pineapples

Display of Pineapples in Supermarket in Centro Atenas
Priced at ₡374 a kilo which in dollars today is about 65¢
Atenas, Costa Rica


Buyers of Costa Rican Pineapples Can Understand How Producers Are Handling Environmental Impact

The Costa Rica Star online English-language newspaper
How Costa Rica farmers are working to avoid deforestation that plagues the industry around the world. Each farm is given a rating by the United Nations to guide wholesale buyers in their environmental impact. Important!

Fast Facts About Sustainable Pineapple Production in Costa Rica    United Nations

Pineapple Production in Costa Rica Provides Over 30,000 Jobs   The Costa Rica Star


And since most of our pineapples are grown on the Caribbean side of the country, I’ll add this article about their airport that I use some:
Airport in Limon, Costa Rica Will Receive an Investment of Over $2.6 million  The Costa Rica Star online English-language newspaper
Basically this means a larger terminal building on the beach-side landing strip. They already have an indoor terminal, but tiny with little more than a waiting room and restrooms. Hopefully this will encourage the tourism on the caribbean side of the country that I like to visit at least once a year.
Here is my photo gallery of Small Plane Flight to Limon last September for my stay at Banana Azul. And here are my photo of the current Limon Airport Terminal: 
The current terminal at 
Limon Airport, Costa Rica
I photographed last September.

And the current landing strip on the beach
Yeah,that blacktop road is the landing strip.
Limon Airport, Costa Rica

For more of my photos of Costa Rica see galleries: Charlie Doggett’s COSTA RICA

2018 – Year of the Bird

National Geographic has joined with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other organization to help call attention to the importance of birds in the life of the earth with a Year of the Bird  emphasis and an even more fun emphasis in National Geographic Kids

Read your National Geographic magazine every month this year for more about birds and . . .

See this very short Thank You Video from The Cornell Lab.  Or go to Cornell Lab Website to see how you can participate in helping birds.

Or just for fun, browse through my collection of Birds photos since moving to Costa Rica . . .

Screen Shot of BIRDS gallery opening page
Birds are indicators of the environment. 
If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble. 
~Roger Tory Peterson

The USA Today article on Costa Rica, the Country Without an Army & the Happiest Country
Thanks to Larry Yarborough for sharing this article! And one quote from the article:
“Blessed is the Costa Rican mother who knows her son at birth will never be a soldier.”

International Living magazine again ranks Costa Rica the #1 Place to Retire!

Clean Rivers Needed Everywhere!

Sign on one of the streets I walk on
between my house and downtown.

Roughly translated, the sign in Spanish says in English:

If we want clean rivers, do not pollute.

ADECA is doing a good job in Atenas of helping people be aware of their environment and the individual’s responsibility to not polute which is a problem here like everywhere. I look forward to finding more of these signs around town, maybe for different purposes like the one I shared earlier on Trees


“Greywater” in an Atenas Stream near downtown.
Soap Suds into the Drainage Ditch by our road.
This runs into the Rio Cajon, though some goes into the ground.

This explanation from

Greywater is any household wastewater with the exception of wastewater from toilets, which is known as blackwater. Typically, 50-80% of household wastewater is greywater from kitchen sinks, dishwashers, bathroom sinks, tubs and showers. Of course, if you use a composting toilet, 100% of your household wastewater is greywater.

Freshly generated greywater is not as nasty as blackwater, but if it’s not handled properly it can soon become so. Greywater decomposes at a much faster rate than blackwater and if stored for as little as 24 hours, the bacteria in it use up all the oxygen and the greywater becomes anaerobic and turns septic. After this point it is more like blackwater – stinky and a health hazard. In fact, many jurisdictions have strict regulations about disposal of greywater, some even require it to be treated as blackwater.

Not all greywater is equally “grey”. Kitchen sink water laden with food solids and laundry water that has been used to wash diapers are more heavily contaminated than greywater from showers and bathroom sinks. Although greywater from these sources contains less pathogens than blackwater, many regulatory bodies consider it as blackwater.

The safest way to handle greywater is to introduce it directly to the biologically active topsoil layer, where soil bacteria can quickly break it down, rendering the nutrients available to plants. This biological water purification is much more effective than any engineered treatment, thus protecting the quality of groundwater and surface waters.

For more information, please visit his website 

In brief greywater branched out into the ground can be good and earth is the best filter, which is what we are doing in the apartments. But pouring it into the streets and streams as people are doing in town is not healthy. Again, education is the best solution!