Of worship and fandom

February 4, 2013
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Of worship and fandom

Age is like a superstorm, and life is a floodplain. Here on the Jersey shore, the grounded boats, the boardwalks that look like torn stitching invoke nostalgia. We really didn’t have any idea how nice everything was until it was gone.
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Posted in Lifestyle, Religion, Sport | 12 Comments »

Of Christmas trees and evening news

December 25, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Of Christmas trees and evening news

The emergency room is quiet. A cheery Christmas tree sits by a window near a television set. Horrific images of children’s funerals flash on the screen.
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Posted in International | 20 Comments »

Lost (?) in translation

December 20, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Lost (?) in translation

When I peruse the news, I of course start with bdnews24.com. I look at the Opinion section, my favourite part, and then I go to the Bangla Opinion page, and, I’m ashamed to say, I paste sections into Google Translate.
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Voting on the Lunatic Fringe

November 22, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Voting on the Lunatic Fringe

The Lunatic Fringe of the political spectrum is my favourite hang-out. This month, my nation re-elected a president whose emotional range in tone of voice rivals that of Stephen Hawking.
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Posted in International, US Election 2012 | 13 Comments »

The perfect storm

November 4, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The perfect storm

We are hunkered down with water supplies that will last us three days, and the power just went out as I finished writing the first draft of this article. I won’t have a chance to edit it myself, so I apologize in advance.
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Posted in Disaster | 20 Comments »

Acts of bravery

October 22, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Acts of bravery

I recall a very special learning experience as I taught last year at an all-inclusive progressive school. I was sitting in a history class with my co-teacher and a cluster of students.
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Posted in Religious Extremism, Women's Rights | 18 Comments »

The freedom to listen

October 7, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The freedom to listen

I often go to the woods to write. As I do so this time, a chill fills the air and the summery songs of the insects carry with them something that feels like desperation.
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Posted in Achievement, Women's Rights | 8 Comments »

Today a sulfur-winged butterfly lighted on a purple aster flower

September 25, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Today a sulfur-winged butterfly lighted on a purple aster flower

Dear God, Compassionate and Merciful- Yesterday we gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the attacks of September 11th.
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Posted in International, Religious Extremism, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Just jump

September 12, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Just jump

I was standing on the high promenade at the Sandy Hook, NJ lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In our tour group, I observed a tall, pale teenager, clearly “too cool” for a family outing.
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Posted in Grameen Bank | 20 Comments »

The shipbuilder turned hero

August 26, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The shipbuilder turned hero

Tree bark is my paper. I sit on a mountain in the Adirondack State Park in New York, about 90 minutes south of Montreal. Between me and the anthill mass of humanity are red squirrels, black bears, bobcats, and coyotes.
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Posted in Development | 19 Comments »

Rizwana Hasan vs. ship breaking

August 7, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Rizwana Hasan vs. ship breaking

The desperation of not being able to provide for one’s family will compel an individual to cross borders, to suffer indignities, to break moral codes, and to put one’s own life at risk.
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Posted in Achievement, Environment/Climate | 30 Comments »

Wing walking

July 26, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Wing walking

I have never considered myself a coward. In fact, I fancied myself to be a risk-taker. Now that my poor father is squandering his golden years reading my articles, I suppose some of the confessions here will not take him by surprise, at least not too much.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

Dear Madam Prime Minister…

Dear Madam Prime Minister…

I have often written about my fantasy of having a hotline to your Prime Minister, and being able to give my opinion any time I choose.
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Posted in Corruption, Democracy, Development, Politics, Technology | 19 Comments »

Germany borrows an ugly chapter from its history

July 18, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Germany borrows an ugly chapter from its history

Where to start? How many topics can a body cover in a single week? My nation has been afflicted with the worst droughts in my lifetime, even though here in New Jersey the rain is falling in sheets.
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Posted in International, Religion | 17 Comments »

Of “talkative” leaders

June 30, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Of “talkative” leaders

A painting hangs on a wall in my parents’ home. The painting is of a house in the Adirondack Mountains that my parents built. The house in the painting now belongs to my older sister.
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Posted in Lifestyle | 22 Comments »

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