An act of charity

August 1, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
An act of charity

Is life but a dream? Is the glory of a springtime, the smile of stranger, the transient joy of a lazy afternoon all just the interaction of chemicals in an instant of our lives, is it nothing more?
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The moral off switch

July 25, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The moral off switch

I remember the exact instant I realised that my morality had an “off” switch. I was an administrator at a night school, which was in a dangerous neighbourhood. I stepped outside to take my break and enjoy the evening air. As I leaned against a wall, a man in his 30s approached me, and...
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A worthy son of Bangladesh

July 18, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
A worthy son of Bangladesh

On July 20, barring a pardon from the Governor of Texas, killer Mark Anthony Stroman will get the death penalty. I say, “Good riddance!” After all, the man seemed unrepentant, and even made obscene gestures at the victims’ families as he was being sentenced to death.
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A space programme for Bangladesh…

July 12, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
A space programme for Bangladesh…

I know where I was on starry evening in late July 42 years ago. The weather was hot, even for July, and I was wearing short pajamas and a very light shirt. I had a very early bedtime, but I was always able to force myself to stay awake. Even as a six-year-old, I...
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Some questions for y’all…

Some questions for y’all…

On Sunday, we were pounded by a storm, the magnitude of which I had not seen in years. The thunder rocked the house as I prepared to drive and pick up my oldest child from his job down at the Jersey Shore. Sirens were sounding, and people were speeding to their duties. In the area...
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The Weiner affair: chauvinism and American politics

June 27, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The Weiner affair: chauvinism and American politics

I have a full spate of articles to write this week, but none, in and of themselves quite merit the usual 1500 words I like to write. While this may be true, what is equally true is that I am incapable of saying anything meaningful in 140 characters or less. Yet, my professional obligation...
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Father’s Day anthems

June 20, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Father’s Day anthems

Sometimes, when I have difficulty writing, I just start moving the pencil with the conviction that my thoughts will eventually coalesce into an article. I have been taught that this is the best way to tackle a writer’s block. In much the same way, in my family’s history, when times have become difficult, we...
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The American “Promise”

June 14, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The American “Promise”

I am a youth baseball coach. I have been for the last 15 years. In that time, I have tried to remind myself that the meaning of victory for an 11-year-old is different from the definition of victory for a parent. When I make promises to my young players, I keep them, despite the...
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If the singer is silenced…

If the singer is silenced…

Events of the week have intervened, as usual, to flavour my writing. At a party in Pittsburgh, I was in the presence of my cousin’s wife’s family, a very musically talented group of Paraguayans. Into the night, the family regaled us with tales of the military coup which had toppled the dictator Alfredo Stroessner...
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At the poet’s table

At the poet’s table

I will betray a secret to you, Dear Reader. Perhaps as the result of this betrayal I will frighten away the ghostly protagonists and never again experience the wonder of what I witnessed at the New Moon this May. A few weeks ago, my book, “Learning Little Hawk’s Way of Storytelling” was delivered to my...
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The world didn’t stand still…

The world didn’t stand still…

On Saturday, May 21, I spent the last day on earth as I spend so many of my days. I was stuck in traffic. I was driving to a party for my niece. The Last Day on Earth was full of springtime flowers, temperatures that favoured a nice swim, but not so hot as...
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State-sanctioned murder: India’s secret policy

State-sanctioned murder: India’s secret policy

It is Sunday morning. No one is around. The house is uncharacteristically quiet. The only sound in the room is the cascading of the water from our fish filter. I am unused to the quiet. I find it disconcerting, maybe even a little scary. Silence can be frightening. I surf to the news coming...
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A mother for hard times: a Mother’s Day assignment for you all

A mother for hard times: a Mother’s Day assignment for you all

A 74-year-old doll with a broken leg sits on the bed at my sister’s house. It was given to her by my mother. That doll is a real survivor, her tight-blond plastic curls impeccable and her embroidered dress, only slightly faded. The doll’s name is impossible for Americans to pronounce: GyĹ‘ngyi. Each phoneme of that...
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Bin Laden and Pancho Villa

Bin Laden and Pancho Villa

We Americans have relatively short memories, history-wise. Monday morning, I awoke to the report that American Navy Seals had taken out Osama Bin Laden, the bad seed of the billionaire Saudi family. After the kids left for school, we went out to the diner for our Monday morning breakfast.
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Royals in the mist

Royals in the mist

Dawn is still an hour away, and I am already camped at my observation post, the glow of my monitors are my only light source. I observe, very quietly, and open to a clean page in my notebook. I adjust my camera views and prepare for another day of observation and analysis. In my...
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