Updating a picture

November 28, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Updating a picture

In the interest of truth in advertising, it’s time for a new author pic. I remember my first author photograph, taken in 1987 by a man named Ernesto Monteavaro. To be photographed by Monteavaro was a great honour, since he’d been the official photographer of the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges.
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A year of “Becoming Bangladesh”

November 17, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
A year of “Becoming Bangladesh”

The Sun has already called it quits for the day. A gloomy drizzle dampens not just my head, but my spirit. Our November garden doesn’t need the rain, the killer Frost has come. All that is worth eating has been harvested.
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Getting it wrong

November 9, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Getting it wrong

Over the past weekend, I attended a fascinating conference. A friend of mine was presenting a paper and I had not been involved in the world of academia for many years, so I went. The conference dealt primarily with Freudian psychoanalysis as it applied to a variety of disciplines. The presentations ranged from a...
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The 2012 US World Cup explained (?)

November 3, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The 2012 US World Cup explained (?)

Once every four years, former British colonies compete to determine who will gain dominance in one of the most democratically unifying competitions on the planet: The World Cup of Cricket. Every individual has his or her favourite team, and today’s heroes can be tomorrow’s goats.
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God, a Chinese two-year-old and the autumn revolution

October 26, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
God, a Chinese two-year-old and the autumn revolution

The fall colours are in riotous glory in Vermont where I am visiting my daughter. Tourists come from far and wide to admire and photograph the changing of the seasons here. Amazing how, while it represents the season of death, the loss of green, life-giving chlorophyll from the leaves of the trees, and portend...
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Technology and social justice

October 18, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Technology and social justice

Powerlessness. It’s a terrible feeling. Sometimes I look at my own house and wonder what the secret is to maintaining order and keeping things clean. Sometimes I want to pack everything away and live in a blank space, preferably with padded walls and kind attendants to bring me trays of gelatine and small tins...
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Hartal, American style

October 10, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Hartal, American style

My dear readers, I am writing to you from New Jersey, and usually, I write about my reaction to things Bangladeshi. However, once in a great while, I will take on a local issue in the hopes that you there on the other side of the world can understand a little of what’s going...
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To be heard

October 5, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
To be heard

Sorry this article arrived beyond my usual Monday deadline. I had an asthma attack and was feeling pretty weak at the beginning of the week. When that happens, I sometimes write some pretty dumb stuff. That’s what happened. Two crumbled up articles later on, I’m still writing.
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Bangladesh deserves a voice

September 26, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Bangladesh deserves a voice

My son attends a school where one of the unique classes in his program is a model UN. Children have the opportunity to study and represent a particular nation. In March, he will travel to Washington DC to participate in a mock session of the United Nations.
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Understanding September tragedies

September 12, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Understanding September tragedies

When I think back on the events of September 11, 2001, I find that I don’t have too much to say. I remember feeling isolated by the thought that in the great march of time and history, if this day were the worst for our nation, we should feel blessed.
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Between neighbours

September 6, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Between neighbours

The rains have hit again, and so soon after the hurricane. I drive past a scene in our small town. One elderly woman has her car stuck in the mud. I know this woman. Her next-door neighbour is helping push her car out of the mud.
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An Ill wind

August 28, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
An Ill wind

Everything is dark. The windows are boarded up, we have removed any item that can become airborne from our lawn and the surrounding area. Our refrigerators are set to super cold, and we have established a safe room in our home, with mattresses and tape over the window.
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A source of light- Part II

August 24, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
A source of light- Part II

Ramadan – it’s a holiday I never thought I would celebrate. And I certainly didn’t know what I was getting into when a Muslim friend of mine challenged me: “Try fasting for a month. See what happens.”
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A source of light – Part I

August 17, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
A source of light – Part I

Once again, I am on the road. I’m in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, an hour South of Montreal. Here in the mountains, the economy has been depressed for years, by American standards. It’s a peaceful life. The night skies are spectacular, when rain doesn’t obscure the view. Our only neighbours are the very vocal...
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A 20-year-old web

August 9, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
A 20-year-old web

As the Arab Spring continues across the Middle East, as I reach out to you, my distant friends, as our lives have become increasingly connected, as the printed word fades and the e-world not only dawns but enjoys its high noon, this week we celebrate an important anniversary.
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