CITY, PANAMA—Dressed in workout casual and sipping a soda in one of the apartment-style rooms of Los Cuatro Tulipanes hotel, Matt Landau appears very much at home in Panama. One might even be tempted to call him an old hand were he not, at age 25, so confoundingly young. Part owner of this lovely boutique hotel in Panama City's historic Casco Viejo, he is also a travel writer (99 Things to Do in Costa Rica), a real estate marketing consultant, and editor of The Panama Report, an online news and opinion monthly. Between fielding occasional calls and text messages, the New Jersey native is explaining what drew him here, by way of Costa Rica, after he graduated from college in 2005. In addition to having great weather, pristine beaches, a rich melting-pot culture, a reliable infrastructure, and a clean-enough legal system, "what Panama is all about," he says, "is the chance to get into some kind of market first." Landau cites other attractions: "There is more room for error here," he says. "You can make mistakes without being put under. That, to me, as an entrepreneur, is the biggest draw."
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irca 1872) by John Gast called American Progress, is an allegorical representation of the modernization of the new west. Here Columbia, a personification of the United States, leads civilization westward with American settlers, stringing telegraph wire as she sweeps west; she holds a school book. The different stages of economic activity of the pioneers are highlighted and, especially, the changing forms of transportation. Native Americans and animals flee in terror. (Wikipedia)
Hell on Wheels has a mix of story lines that depict the trials and tribulations of people involved with and affected by the building of a railroad destined to link East to West.
Stark reality kicked off the series with a revenge killing that set the tone for a hard look at how it use to be for settling scores after the Civil War and taming the Wild West. Pioneers, good and bad, abound.…
seasoned Marine literally pass-out from watching that DAMN movie. I ought to know--I was sitting next to him (a relative) in the movie theater.
(Sidebar: Key scenes of the The Exorcist were filmed on and near the Georgetown University Campus which caused a stir on many levels. At that time I was stationed at the Pentagon and living in Arlington, VA which neighbors the D.C. & the GU campus area. My wife and I visited the steep stairs--the site dramatically featured in two horrific death scenes in the movie).
Some movie themes will naturally impact some viewers more dramatically than others. Raised in a traditional Mexican-American family with roots in Spanish -Native American - Mexican cultures and into a fervent Catholic religious base--you hear, see, and believe (or resist believing) in such things as extreme as being possessed by the devil (it's branded into our DNA from generations of folktales, grandmothers and now movies).
A curandero (Spanish: [kuɾanˈdeɾo], f. curandera) or curandeiro (Portuguese: [kuɾɐ̃ˈdejɾu], f. curandeira) is a traditional folk healer or shaman in Latin America, who is dedicated to curing physical or spiritual illnesses. The role of a curandero or curandera can also incorporate the roles of psychiatrist along with that of doctor and healer. Many curanderos use Catholic elements, such as holy water and saint pictures. The use of Catholic prayers and other borrowings and lendings are often found alongside native religious elements.
Moche Ceramic Depicting Curandero. Larco Museum Collection Lima, Peru.…