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San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 132
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The rains returns for both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Caribbean and the northern zone just can't get a break.
 
The national emergency commission imposed an alert on the Caribbean,  Sarapiquí and Turrialba Monday afternoon in expectation of more rain.

Highway officials said at mid-afternoon that Ruta 32, the main San José-Limón road, was closed again due to a series of landslides. The alternate route to the northern zone, Ruta 126 through Vera Blanca, also was closed by slides. Officials said they hoped to get Ruta 32 reopened today.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the instability in the weather came from the passage of another tropical wave and that this affected the central and south Pacific and the Nicoya peninsula.
The weather institute said that a low pressure area at Panamá was likely to move into Costa Rican territory early today and bring more rain to the Pacific coast.

During Monday that area got up to two inches of rain. About the same amount was expected over night.
   
Still, the real concern was for northeastern Costa Rica that had been soaked again over the weekend.

The weather institute in an evening report said that up to 2.5 inches had fallen over 12 hours in the Caribbean and the northern zone and that more was expected overnight
 
The emergency commission said that up to four inches could be expected in the mountains.   

Strong winds were predicted for the Central Valley.


Loser in cross-cultural divorce case here writes a book for his kids
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The end of a marriage can be heart wrenching and messy. 
Murphy
John P. Murphy
When the union is cross-cultural, the complexities multiply.

A.M. Costa Rica has written many stories about parental abductions, fathers who cannot see their kids, and even one women who won refugee status here because she was wanted in the United States.

The newest addition to the list is John P. Murphy, who has written a book in

the hopes that his three children eventually see it and learn his side of the story.

Murphy said he and his Costa Rican wife were living in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area with their three children when they decided to move to Costa Rica.

Murphy is no novice with international living. He taught

English in Egypt and says he has been in 19 countries. When he and his wife decided to move, he was teaching in Philadelphia.

According to Murphy he drove his wife and three kids to the airport believing that they soon would be reunited in Costa Rica.

He said what happened then was 18 months in the Costa Rica justice system with a divorce action that included allegations of domestic violence.

He denies the domestic violence allegation.

The title of the book is "Time Capsule of a Costa Rican Kidnapping," although strictly speaking what happened was not a kidnapping and probably not an abduction. Murphy published his account with the online service CreateSpace.

Murphy admits to his own wrongdoing. He said that when he was slapped with a $1,600-a-month child support edict he headed to the Nicaraguan border and bribed his way out of Costa Rica. He now lives in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, where he is about to publish a novel. His book about his Costa Rican case became available June 21, according to his Web site.


Life in Costa Rica brings out his poetic side featured in 'A Year of Days'
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Poets are supposed to take two or more mental images, mix them and create an unexpected third.

That why James Just's first book of poetry on daily life in Costa Rica is being called evocative. That is, the words generate images or emotional responses.

The book of poetry is titled "A Year of Days," and it is a collection of daily observations about life with his wife, Irina, and their two dogs on el Cajón Ridge in the mountains outside of Grecia, according to an announcement.

His poetry resonates deeply with all who have found stimulating new lives in Costa Rica, said the announcement. Just has been here for three years. Previously he was is the U.S. pacific coast and has been a  restaurateur, vintner and environmental activist.

The book is illustrated by French artist Gesa Emde.

An Amazon summary says of the poems in part:

poet
James Just

poetry book


"We feel fresh rhythms of sun and rain and wind. We discover exotic plants and animals. We connect with fellow adventures from all over the world. We meet Tico friends, patient and generous with outlanders bringing strange customs and a foreign tongue. We sample local foods and savor an enchanting culture. We learn to relax and relish la pure vida."

The book is available at Amazon HERE, Barnes and Noble HERE, Booklocker HERE, iTunes HERE and Kobo HERE.


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