Touching the Heavens

Touching the Heavens

I felt her spirit. Perhaps she chose to visit me because many of her more intimate friends did not believe in the concept of the soul, and would have dismissed the feeling as mere sentiment. Perhaps too,
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The year of the bully

The year of the bully

In a swanky high school for the wealthy elite, one Friday night a boy lay in his bed. The long-haired boy was known as a non-conformist, something with which the other students took umbrage.
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Quantifying disaster

April 17, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Quantifying disaster

Reports speak about trends in the world, and use large numbers. These numbers seem to operate as a shield against our notions of humanity. People argue over numbers, I mean, would Hitler have been less of a monster if he’d have killed three million Jews? 1.5 million?
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Posted in Disaster, Environment/Climate | 2 Comments »

Happy spring, Bangladesh

April 4, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Happy spring, Bangladesh

Happy Spring! This weekend, members of my family were dedicating that precious commodity of time, that which is so lacking in all of our lives, and we took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to plant our garden.
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God and videogames

March 17, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
God and videogames

For me, the Christian season of Lent has always been a special holiday. It is been a time of self-improvement and sacrifice, where, for 40 days I take draconian measures to ensure that at least for one ninth of the year, I have lived up to the better angels of my nature.
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Afghanistan: When “sorry” doesn’t butter the biscuit

March 4, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Afghanistan: When “sorry” doesn’t butter the biscuit

People who write Op-Ed pieces are not necessarily good reporters. Others are actually brilliant reporters. I fall into the former category. Whenever my editors have asked for a news piece
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Some “light” reading for Bangladeshis overseas

February 26, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Some “light” reading for Bangladeshis overseas

I’m sitting at an airport in Atlantic City, New Jersey, waiting for our flight to carry us to warm, sunny climes. My ancestry can be traced through the Mediterranean, and even, we speculate
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What’s up with us Westerners?

February 5, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
What’s up with us Westerners?

“Man, they rebuked me in Bangladesh!” I was sitting in the kitchen at the school where I am an instructor. I was reading to my colleagues from the many comments I had received for my last piece of writing.
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Posted in Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Lifestyle, Media | 25 Comments »

Gay rights: A father’s perspective

January 24, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Gay rights: A father’s perspective

Two weeks ago, I was invited to “like” a Facebook site called “Gay Rights for Bangladesh”. I clicked on the link, and have been following it ever since. It made me think of how change is the one constant in history, even as it relates to our individual family stories.
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Because it’s Democracy

January 14, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Because it’s Democracy

Thank you Dear Readers, for all your good wishes. I feel healthier, my son feels better, and if it pleases God, we will have no more trips to the Emergency Room this year. Prognosis for my own health: BETTER (As long as I pay attention).
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2012 predictions

January 7, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
2012 predictions

This week has been, once again, a difficult one for me. I wrote this missive from the Emergency Room, during an interminable wait for doctors to see my son, whose leg had swollen with a mountain range of nasty red infections that were so hot you could practically fry an egg on.
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Posted in Development, Economy, Education, Health, Human Development | 11 Comments »

2011: Events that shaped Bangladesh

December 30, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
2011: Events that shaped Bangladesh

Traditionally, the start of the new calendar year means a list of superlatives, including “the best”, “the sexiest”, “the richest” and a host of other, often meaningless lists designed to remind us of all that has transpired in the last 12 months.
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Happy Birthday to us!

December 21, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Happy Birthday to us!

Life goes on, and on December 23, I’ll be another year older. This time of year, for my family, is one of many celebrations. In fact, we have three birthdays in five days, followed by Christmas Eve, and a day of travel and visiting on Christmas Day. Hopefully, for many years to come, I will...
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AL vs. BNP, and the setting of an impotent sun

December 13, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
AL vs. BNP, and the setting of an impotent sun

The sun is beaming through the window as I sit, a block from the beach, composing this article. I remember my college days, when my friends from warmer climes, freshmen abroad for the first time, would marvel at the weather here in the New York/ New Jersey area.
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US vs. Pakistan:The web tangled…

December 5, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
US vs. Pakistan:The web tangled…

I have an abiding superstition which prevents me from filing my story early, or even on time. My experience has been that whenever I do, something big happens which makes my previous article seem trivial by comparison. And so it was, this week, when I slipped and hit the “send” button, important events were
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