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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...

Is a Picture really Worth a Thousand Words?

 One may hear that “a picture is worth a thousand words”—I imagine that “pictures” also encompass photographs, drawings, images, posters, paintings, murals and the like. But if we consider the “picture world” from either side of seeing or being seen, we realize that...

“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...

Life’s Not about Be Born, Be Done, Be Gone

So your mother, the glory of your youth, has just died. She had become just a shivering, dependent, but all-compassionate being. No soul could have been gentler. She softly shuffled through the house, an oxygen tank by her side where once her beloved husband had been;...

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...

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