The weather has been cool and fairly nice here in Paraguay for the past two months since we arrived.  Yesterday weather conditions took a turn for the worse.  The temperature climbed, and a temperature inversion has trapped the smoke coming from field burning.  The smoke, or "bruma," has been simply awful.  I heard that it can trigger respiratory issues and asthma.  It has definitely exacerbated the cold I caught last weekend.  It continues to nag, and I can’t quite shake it.  Today is the best I’ve felt since Saturday, but I’m still not fully recovered.  I hope this bruma doesn’t last very long.  La Nacion carried a story on it today with a photo of a plane (one of the few) taking off at the airport:

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 or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Saksinee's Gravatar Saksinee
    October 1, 2007    

    Hope you are ok now. Take care.

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