Happy Paraguayan Independence Day!  On this day in 1811, Paraguay became an independent nation, the first in the New World after the United States (even earlier than Haiti).  The Spanish actually withdrew on May 14th, but Paraguay celebrates its independence on May 15th.  Last night my wife and I went to the Organization of American States (OAS) building near the White House and attended the independence day celebration in the grand ballroom.  It’s a gorgeous building with an ornate interior.  Guitarrist Dani Cortaza gave a wonderful performance, and the reception immediately following featured a Paraguayan buffet.  The evening was balmy, and we enjoyed the opportunity to break away from home for a change.  My mother is in town now, and she watched our son for the evening.  Although life has been hectic lately (hence, I haven’t been blogging), last night was a nice diversion from the frenetic pace of life that seems to have sped up in the last week.

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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