Category Archives: friends and family

Stories to mystify, exact revenge and embarrass

Storytelling was the subject of my last blog, that is, how stories passed on within a culture affect behavior and beliefs of members of that culture.  Today, I’m thinking about other kinds of stories, the silly ones that get told … Continue reading

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Blundering into a blog

I like the challenge of trying to turn everyday experiences into blogs. Earlier this week I took a friend named Ross Hunter to lunch, someone I met at least ten years ago before he became well-known.   He treated me to lunch last … Continue reading

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Peter Pan story ends, life in the U.S. begins

Today I am posting the last two parts of a six-part video interview with my friend Maria, who talks about her family’s experiences before and after fleeing Cuba during the revolution of the late nineteen fifties and early nineteen sixties. … Continue reading

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Peter Pan Airlift separates families

An article in today’s Seattle Times describes Cuba’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, in which U.S. political leaders trained Cuban exiles with the goal of ousting revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. The U.S. government … Continue reading

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“Pedro Pan” was no bedtime story

Fleeing their country was something many middle and upper class Cuban families did in the early nineteen sixties after experiencing life under revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.  Many children from these families were sent to Miami for safe-keeping with the expectation … Continue reading

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“Peter Pan Airlift” not a magical flight

I read Carlos Eire’s “Waiting for Snow in Havana” thinking it would help me better understand my friend Maria, who bought 36 copies and sent them to her relatives.  You see, both Eire and Maria were among the 14,000 children … Continue reading

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Traveling in reverse

A friend told me that her mother just retired from her long-time job as a prison guard and didn’t know what to do with herself.  She hadn’t wanted to retire, but apparently had reached mandatory retirement age.  Luckily I never … Continue reading

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Far from the “maddening” crowd

Retirement brings new opportunities for being alone.  But do we want to be alone? Should we be alone? Many of us have mixed feelings about solitude.  We know that keeping one’s friends and social connections is important as we age … Continue reading

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Cooking as a social event

I can foresee a new Food Network show now that my kitchen has become an international cooking center.  Here’s how the show would work:  I invite good cooks from different countries to my kitchen to prepare dishes they love, while a few … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

One version of the origin of Valentine’s day goes back to 270 A.D. when a bishop by this name clashed with Roman Emperor Claudius II, who had prohibited young men to marry based on his belief that matrimony would interfere … Continue reading

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