Category Archives: Something Else

For the times we can’t fit a square peg in a round hole.

On the Death of El Caballo

After my initial euphoria in solidarity with many of my fellow Cuban compatriots rejoicing over the death of this ignominious man, I feel compelled to share what has subsequently turned into an ambivalence over the passing of this vengeful and destructive man who upended … Continue reading

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My Lady Gertrude

My Gertie died Monday. It was the Ides of March. She was thirteen years, eight months and seventeen days old. We thought she was a cocker spaniel but the veterinarian said she was an English spaniel. She was blonde and … Continue reading

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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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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As I sat there, distraught and seemingly withdrawn—mentally counting the folds on the sheet covering her ailing figure, the number of bars on the side rails of her hospital bed, noticing the foam-rubber booties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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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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Escalating Suicide Rates in the US

The shock from the statistics in yesterday’s New York Times revealing that in “2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides,” motivates me to write today, posting here a comment I submitted to that newspaper without any control … Continue reading

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A Published Opinion Letter Today In The Miami Herald

An opinion letter appeared today in The Miami Herald, the local English language diary. It’s signed by Frank Gonzalez. It’s neither my letter nor my opinion. When I write, I sign my full name: Francisco Gonzalez-Soldevilla. For those curious to learn my own … Continue reading

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The Ringmaster Left Us

He was generous. He was loyal. He was intelligent. He was compassionate. He was energetic. He had a firm handshake. He looked everyone in the eye. He was magnetizing. He was discreetly indiscreet at times. He was fun. He was … Continue reading

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El diálogo con la dictadura castrista

Se reportó recientemente en la prensa que la organización norteamericana Brookings Institution envió hace días un comité a Cuba para estudiar un acercamiento con el régimen. Entre las personas que acompañó al grupo figura uno de los más reconocidos industriales del … Continue reading

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