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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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Kobe, Columbine, Sendai: for me they’re connected

Watching video of the destruction caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is horrifying.  I have friends and acquaintances who are affected, who are comforted by knowing their families are safe, but still suffering from seeing endless video of all … 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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Yellowed pages

Who were my ancestors and what were they like? Not just my parents and grandparents, but those who came before them.  Most of us don’t ask these questions until we get older, probably because we’re too focused on ourselves to … Continue reading

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