5 Sep 2017

By: Jorge Ventocilla

What we eat is a direct reflection of our unique cultural and biological heritage. It is the foundation of identity. We always try to taste again what we enjoyed eating as kids.

4 Aug 2017

Photo by: Brian Gratwicke (CC BY 2.0)

By Jorge Ventocilla

“What has always pleased me about man
is that he, who himself constructs Louvres,
everlasting pyramids and churches of St. Peter,
can take delight in observing a cell of a honeycomb
or a snail-shell…”

Georg Lichtenberg

The Waste Books

9 May 2017
“A town is saved, not more by the righteous men in it
than by the woods and swamps that surround it”  
- Thoreau: Walking

How many times have we heard that our city is host to rare and particular biodiversity? I would like to write about this, and especially about how to value this biodiversity.

By Jorge Ventocilla

11 Apr 2017
Foto por: Judy Schmidt (CC BY 2.0)
(image by: Judy Schmidt (CC BY 2.0))
The Moon
You can take the moon by the spoonful
or in capsules every two hours.
It's useful as a hypnotic and sedative
and besides it relieves
those who have had too much philosophy.
A piece of moon in your purse
works better than a rabbit's foot.
Helps you find a lover
or get rich without anyone knowing,
and it staves off doctors and clinics.
Jaime Sabines
13 Mar 2017
When I was attending Biology school, I seized every chance I had for saying out loud how the completion of the Panama Canal was a Biology feat, rather than an Engineering one.
By Jorge Ventocilla
10 Feb 2017
"Many little people
In little places
Doing little things
Can change the world"
Eduardo Galeano
It is an unquestionable fact that human beings are capable of making valuable contributions to this world. I would like to focus on one particular contribution: planting trees. Planting trees serves as a reminder that the human drive, even as individuals, is amazingly powerful, and that it can certainly be multiplied. It is better explained through the above quote from Eduardo Galeano.
By: Jorge Ventocilla
16 Jan 2017

The transition between seasons – “winter” and “summer”, which in fact are “rainy season” and “dry season in Panama,” – happens at the same time as these much-anticipated holidays: Christmas and New Year.

Around this time each year we get the dry season, school holidays, “cooler” weather, trips to the beach … seasons change, and everybody cheers up! In this bulletin, we will talk about the dry season, now that it has started.

For years, scientists have stated that tropical environments are more stable and predictable than temperate ones, showing no significant variations throughout the year. Those scientists have not lived here. We all have seen and felt the consequences of the variation in precipitation. We have our own seasonality.


By Jorge Ventocilla

13 Dec 2016

The idea of strong-willed people, people who make the decision of running through large territories, is very appealing to many. The reason: there could be a "peregrine" spirit in them.

In 2008, I heard about a group of “runners” who were coming to the City of Knowledge in Panama. They had started their journey on both ends of the Americas. I want to dedicate this Full Moon Bulletin to the VII Journey of Peace and Dignity (Jornada de Paz y Dignidad: JPD), which gathered almost one hundred people representing diverse cultures and similar ideals from different regions in the continent from November 14 - 17, 2016.  

By: Jorge Ventocilla
14 Nov 2016

“In 1984, I was studying in Spain. My younger brother also went to Spain to study.

During one of those conversations between brothers, I asked him to mention some of the things he missed about Panama.

‘Bugs. There are no bugs here’. That was his answer”. 


By: Jorge Ventocilla

16 Oct 2016


[Or the importance of allowing, and even encouraging, little ones to express their curiosity about tadpoles, fireflies, butterflies, beetles, and other types of bugs, considering this is a tropical, diverse region and not a desert, with all due respect to deserts ]


By Jorge Ventocilla