No One Shines Alone

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

Our yardman stopped by the other day to see what we wanted him to do with all the leaves in our yard. Now, on the surface, this is a pretty straightforward question, but my husband and I didn’t have to deal with the problem of leaves the past few years while living in Ecuador. Living […]

Things I Learned From a Set of Footprints In the Sand

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

I have always enjoyed looking at footprints in the sand. I like to guess what the person who passed before me looked like, dressed like, carried with them to the shore. What did they think about out here on the beach? Did they read or people watch? Were they happy? Did they walk the beach […]

New Music Day

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

I’ve been waiting for today. Today is my “New Music Day.” You see, this past year has been mostly dedicated to getting my writing career off the ground and moving my family from Ecuador back to the states, both of which were Herculean tasks. And while I still have much to learn about the publishing […]

The Orchestra I Took For Granted

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

Sometimes you don’t know you’ve taken something for granted until it is gone from your life. Sometimes it even takes a while to notice it is gone. We absentmindedly fill the emptiness with the clanging of everyday life until the absence is just too great. Then we have no choice but to admit that we […]

Things I Learned From My Three-Legged Cat

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

My black cat, Triplet, just had a very bad day. Her arch nemesis, Puck, came back into her life yesterday. Now Puck is not a bad cat, but Triplet does NOT enjoy his company, to say the least. I’m pretty sure she hates his guts. Despite this, and many other hurdles she’s faced over the […]

Some Things Never Change

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

I have been back “home” in South Carolina for about three weeks now. And while it is true that many things here have changed over the three years I lived in South America (like roads, the cost of living, and the fact that my nephews each grew about two feet taller), I have noticed that […]

Things I Learned While Cleaning My Mini Blinds

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

Earlier this week I posted on Facebook that the inventor of mini blinds should be shot. I just moved into a new house, and while the previous owners did a great job with the big things, like remodeling the kitchen, replacing flooring, painting, etc., they overlooked some of the little things. Like cleaning the mini […]

Last Ride to Guayaquil

by K. Kris Loomis in Ecuador

Leaving Cuenca for good. Destination Guayaquil. Bright colored blocks of laundry flit on roofs and over gardens. Dirty puppies imitate big dogs on side of road and roasting pig, top layer of skin gone, eats eternal apple. Antsy cat on my lap. Mixture of Spanish, French, and Japanese overlap in airport bus. Old man beside […]

To Miss or Not Miss Part Two

by K. Kris Loomis in Ecuador

Last week in my blog I started exploring the things about living in South America I will miss, along with the things I won’t miss after I move back to the states. How crazy is it that what I will miss and what I won’t miss are the exact same things! Here is part two […]

To Miss or Not Miss Part One

by K. Kris Loomis in Ecuador

I began wondering this week if it were possible to miss something and not miss it at the same time. As I prepare to leave my home of the last three years in Ecuador to return to my hometown in South Carolina, I think it is only natural to think about the things I will […]

Maria, Monica, and Juan-John

by K. Kris Loomis in Ecuador

My husband and I are closing in on our remaining time in Ecuador. Unfortunately, one of our last experiences here has been a burglary. The creeps took the usual stuff, TV, computers, cash, phones, appliances, and the unusual as well. For some reason, they saw fit to steal all of my shoes. ALL OF MY […]