Today’s Word: vinous (adjective) – Vinous (VYE-nus) refers to something that resembles or is associated with wine. As used by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The GreatGatsby: “She had drunk a quantity of champagne, and during the course of her song, she had decided, ineptly, that everything was very, very sad… A humorous suggestion was made that she sing the notes on her face, whereupon she threw up her hands, sank into a chair, and went off into a deep vinous sleep.”

Did You Know?: How to Hang a Painting – For the most part, paintings should be hung at head level. A portrait, for example, should be at a height at which the subject’s eyes are about level with yours (or up to 6 inches higher). There are some exceptions to this rule: If you are arranging paintings vertically, one above the other on the wall; if the room has a very high chair rail; or if you are purposely going for an avant-garde look. But for the most part, hanging your paintings too high indicates that you don’t know what you’re doing.

Worth Quoting: “Abilities wither under criticism and blossom under encouragement.” – Dale Carnegie

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Students Making Waves at FunLimon

Nicaragua is a mess. The Ortega government is arresting protestors and tourism has dried up almost completely. But its people are as warm and ambitious and hardworking as they have always been. In our little corner of the country, Rancho Santana is open (keeping its employees on the payroll). And across the street at FunLimon, the educational and skill-development programs are moving ahead full steam.

Here’s a recent newsletter that will give you a glimpse of what that means.