We Are More Than We Know

We are more than we know. The presentation of my memoir, Unseen Worlds, at the Miami Book Fair was scheduled for Sunday November 18th—the Sabbath day of the Lord and the celebrated date of the Haitian Battle of Vertières. My father would always sing on that day, a...

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Happy!   It was the best of times, all of us singularly alive and loved, feasting in a land of immense forests, sunlit meadows, sparkling coves, sandy beaches and clean waterfalls. We were the great immortals! “I will die just once!” Victoria said to me, just once. “I...

Truth in a Memoir

How to let go of one’s mother? How to let her die after the magnitude of years during which she was the boulder that our roots have clamped themselves over and around, absurdly daring follicles unwittingly holding her at the center of our being? Then converging beyond...

The Impact of a Word Choice

How would it be for you if I insisted on calling you by the wrong name, and also used that name to insist on telling the world that you are what you are not? The word is “Mormon.” The entire world, including “Mormons” themselves, refer to the members of the Church of...

Man Nini

Man Nini From “Crossroads and Unholy Water” Man Nini was queen of the coal kitchen, standing within six square feet of soot, in front of four pits glowing with embers, churning the bubbling bean sauce, beaming the yellow kernels of her smile at the...
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