Vieques Triduum

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I just returned to the States from a quick three days in paradise to get things ready for a series of guests coming in to stay at my Vieques casa during the next several weeks of the winter vacation season. It turned out to be a ride on a carousel of exasperation.

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WEEKEND CRUISE

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During the winter cruising season in the Caribbean, I like to sit on my pool deck at day’s end to watch the procession of white-hulled, city-sized, luxury ships make their way past my island home of Vieques. And imagine. 

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Ritual Meals

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Archeological studies in Ukraine indicate that 32,000 years ago, humans practiced cannibalism as a part of funeral rites.

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Ding an Sich

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I’ve dabbled in writing poetry since university days, never seriously until the past year when I’ve produced several—some of which I’ve shared in prior blog posts. When I was invited to a poetry reading Sunday afternoon, what I heard there reminded me of the power of this overlooked art to affect the way we see ourselves and our world through the simple arrangement of words. 

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My Public Humiliation

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It has recently come to my attention that I am morbidly obese. 

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Just the Way You Look Tonight

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My blog post today is dedicated to my late wife, whom I took to calling “The Lovely Jo Anne.” 

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Passing

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A year ago I wrote my Thanksgiving blog post at the hospital bedside of my wife. I didn’t know she was dying. I thought she was suffering from a bad reaction to chemotherapy.

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SUCH A FUSS

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Heralded events capture our attention and imagination, sometimes to the exclusion of more mundane but equally miraculous manifestations. Can a flight of birds, for instance, outshine a supermoon as happened on Cape Cod's Coast Guard Beach at 4:54 P. M. Monday? 

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Less Than Human

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That lovable curmudgeon, W.C. Fields, is quoted as saying, “Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.”

That’s what many political analysts say happened in the presidential election last week. But with each side regarding the other as something a little less than human, Fields doesn’t seem so funny.

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Two of Every Thing

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“Broken Vows” was painted by Philip Hermogenes Calderon in 1856. Now at the Tate Gallery in London, the painting, which was wildly popular in its time, captures a woman discovering that her lover is unfaithful. My friend, artist Johniene Papandreas, rendered her vision of this masterpiece (below), displayed in my Cape Cod home. I offer these thoughts to all who have suffered the abiding pain of infidelity.  

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