Author Archives: Francisco

About Francisco

Born in Cuba; political exile; American by choice; polyglot; father of four, grandfather of two; occupationally semi-retired; reader; writer; lover of mankind and nature; searcher of truths; hungry for wisdom; open-minded; romantic realist; critical thinker, enemy of despotism, government abuse, and inequality; believer and faithful; social liberal, fiscal conservative; in a quest to unmask the hypocrisy and the corruption enslaving overwhelming numbers of God's creatures around the world.

Renunciation Scars

A middle-aged woman entering the neighborhood supermarket caught my attention as I was shopping in the Produce Department. Her demeanor struck me although it shouldn’t have by now. As far back as the early seventies there have been stories about recent arrivals from Cuba reacting to … Continue reading

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Apaga y vámonos

Aquí no hay más que hablar. Igual que los rusos blancos que huyeron cuando el zar y la revolución bolchevique quedaron fuera de la Rusia de Yeltsin, el futuro de Cuba yace en los que se quedaron en Cuba, sobrellevaron las … Continue reading

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At Her Side

As I sat there, distraught and seemingly withdrawn—mentally counting the folds on the sheet covering her ailing figure, the number of bars on the side rails of her hospital bed, noticing the foam-rubber booties casually leaning, blue, against the footboard, … Continue reading

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The Recruitment of the People

As a child in Cuba I witnessed how the newly formed Castro government stealthily expanded its incipient authority. The Castro brothers deceitfully conceived a security campaign exhorting the public to spy as an act of national loyalty, an action that contrasted with … Continue reading

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Sad Day For Freedom-Seekers Everywhere

Yes, December 17, 2014 marks a nasty betrayal of dignity, of human values, of justice everywhere by the President of the United States; very much along the lines of the Kennedy Administration in April 1961 when JFK withdrew the support the US … Continue reading

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Together Let’s Negotiate the End of Despotism in Cuba

Before running out of time, I’d like to contribute to the restoration of the grandeur once synonymous with the Cuba of my birth. The military junta in power since 1959 puts out volumes of distortions and purposeful misinformation to spread its propaganda … Continue reading

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Facing An Ethical and Social Conundrum Today

The writing today stems from a telephone conversation with a good friend. While we were both born in Cuba, I was born early enough to recall a prosperous Cuba, a joyful Cuba, an economically progressive Cuba, and a free Cuba … Continue reading

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Review of Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, from the perspective of a literary work is phenomenally amusing and impossible to put down, albeit its plot describes more sadness, despair and cruelty than a single lifetime can absorb. It’s evident the … Continue reading

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The Times Ahead

As a financial advisor, I spend a large part of my working day reading many types of investment publications. I owe it to my friends and clients who look to me for sensible advice. I also owe it to myself and … Continue reading

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My Early Way Back From Sigmoid Colectomy

After nearly forty years dealing with diverticulitis, I crossed the safety line almost a year ago. It was no longer feasible to take medication to resolve the flare-ups. The side-effects from the Levaquin, the designated drug that kept me away from the surgical … Continue reading

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