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Was My Job Killing Me? I Know it Made Me Look Fat in It.

This was originally written in January 2014. [caption id="attachment_650" align="alignleft" width="205"] That's me on the right at the 50th birthday of a dear friend named Millie. The photo was taken in January 2014. I was disgusted with myself and my weight.[/caption] My weight has been an endless source of frustration for many years. It’s been…
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When Being Biracial and Light Complected Means not Being Black Enough

If you are a fan of the late R&B singer Aaliyah, you know that the Disney Channel’s Zendaya Coleman was recently cast to play Aaliyah in the Lifetime Biopic. You probably also know that Aaliyah’s family is not only not excited about the casting, but they didn’t back the made-for-TV movie to begin with. In…
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Héctor’s Gonna Do What Héctor’s Gonna Do!

Twice daily we go hiking. Although many might assume because we work for ourselves that we don’t keep to a schedule, we are actually ruled by routine. Our day always starts out the same. The three roosters remind us why we no longer need an alarm clock. The time varies but they generally start the…
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Thirty-six and a Half Years

Yesterday I got some news that gave me great pause. A friend of mine named Steph Bader, told me that this past week, after 36.5 years with her partner, she got married. My first thought was, "why'd you wait so long?" My second was, "after that many years, why now?" These are, of course, the…
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Fixing the Holes Where the Cars Fall In

It’s three years into his term as mayor and he’s right on time. Roads badly in need of repair are getting fixed around here. The one-lane road outside our farm had holes so large you could set up tables for four people quite comfortably. Living in the countryside you learn quickly how to perfect the…
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Doing Laundry in the Tropics

When pondering whether to do laundry in the tropics, one must carefully consider not what the meteorologist reports to you, but what the sky tells you. If the pretty lady with the elaborately painted nails, four inch heels, in the skirt hiked up to here tells you there is no rain in the forecast, assume…
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Speak Rapidly and Carry a Machete

On our way home from the home of friends one day, we popped over to pay the wife’s sister and her husband for a visit. Miguel, “Miguelito” directs me to the back of their property where I find Lucilla, dressed in shorts and a tee shirt, drenched in sweat, machete in hand, hacking away at dead…
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Politics in Puerto Rico

This was originally written in 2010 and so it might seem a little dated. High up on the list of discussions for drunken philosophers anywhere in the world is politics. My doctor tells me nearly every time I see her, "Never engage a Puerto Rican in a discussion about politics." Generally I am not one…
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