Following my tug….

The decision to start writing a Blog was based on my desire to inform many of you of the ongoing progress we were experiencing with our support for the Copey Learning Center. This is what each Post attempts to do.

And almost each day, something new and exciting happens and my first reaction is to share it with all the followers of my Blog. Mostly it is just fantastic news about the wonderful work being done at the Learning Center. At times other news comes along related to the Learning Center that I want to share with you.

I have mentioned in the past my initial contact with the Copey Learning Center included my introduction to Anne Lawrence. She was present when I had my initial interview with staff at the Learning Center. Anne had moved to the Copey area with her husband Kevin and started a new life full of challenges. She became my direct point of contact during my first year working with the Learning Center. Anne recently published a wonderful book and I invite all the “friends of Copey” to purchase and read.

Anne LawrenceIn this lighthearted, and at times gut-wrenching, memoir, Anne shares both the physical and emotional reality of what it takes to leap out of her familiar First World existence and into the unknown. Anne and her husband reinvent themselves as they cope and adjust to living in a rural, Spanish-speaking community in the remote mountains of Costa Rica. You can follow their journey as they transform from middle-class suburbanites to unlikely trout farmers and B&B hosts. With her witty conversational style, Anne evocatively chronicles their daily adventures from the decision-making process to the move to their first year abroad. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry… but mostly, you’ll feel inspired! I was inspired by Anne within a few minutes during our first meeting to get involved with the Learning Center.  As they say, you know the rest of the story!  Please check out her story.

The price of the book is about $8.00 and Anne has indicated she will donate $1.00 from the sale of the book to the Learning Center when purchased by a “friend of Copey”.  To make sure your donation is accounted for, here is the process you should follow:

1. Please purchase your copy of the book  through Kobo:

2. At the very end of the book, there is a link, which takes you to Anne’s scrapbook. Only her readers get the opportunity to put faces to names and places she mentions in the book. It’s a fun bonus, if you like. Once you register (simply follow the instructions, which will guide you to the scrapbook). The fact that you registered will flag to Anne that you have indeed purchased her book.

3. Then, send a note directly to Anne at In the subject line simply state “I would like to donate $1.00 to the Copey Learning Center”. Doing this will identify you as a “friend of Copey” and the donation will be made. Please make sure the name you use to register for the scrapbook is the same name you use in the email to Anne, so she can correlate the two. You can let either Anne or me know if you have any questions.

4. You don’t have to own a Kobo eReader to download the book. You only need to sign in, create an account then you’re on your way. You can download to a variety of devices… choose the one that suits you best.

I can promise you will come to know more about Copey and love and appreciate your involvement with “friends of Copey”.  Anne, Thank you and Kevin for being “friends of Copey”.

One thought on “Following my tug….”

  1. Just wanted to let you know I read Anne Lawrence’s book — Following My Tug… all the way to Costa Rica. I truly enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it! Anne’s writing style is easy to read and so descriptive that at times you feel you are right there with her as she experiences things in her new country of Costa Rica. What an interesting life she leads.

Leave a Reply