Signs and microbes

April 25, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Signs and microbes

This week, April 20th marked the first anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout the Christian world, this week is also Holy Week, a period commemorating the Last Supper, the Passion of Jesus which culminates in the celebration of Easter on Sunday. Whatever we God-directed people believe, whatever our...
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Happy New Year

April 19, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Happy New Year

The rain battered our house last night. The mice sought refuge from the storm under my roof. Every springtime, where I live, the mice grow bold. Born in the fields just beyond the house during an unseasonable warm snap, when the weather turns rainy or cold, they come. Every year they decide that they...
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American amnesia

April 11, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
American amnesia

In our neighbourhood, on the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, we have a sort of Olfactory news service. The smell of spit and salt in the breeze signify a storm brewing at sea. The scent of smoke from the West means that the cycle of fire and renewal continues in the forests....
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The artificial leaf

April 5, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The artificial leaf

When dredging the news to write my article this week, I had bumper crop of items from which to choose: I could have written about the clash of Christian fundamentalism in The US vs. fundamentalism in Afghanistan. Certainly, this is a rich topic. That crazy preacher in Florida whose actions caused ripples that led...
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Bismillah, and independence — the noble loneliness

March 28, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Bismillah, and independence — the noble loneliness

I have read, with great interest, of the arguments for and against inclusion of ‚ÄėBismillah‚Äô in the Constitution of Bangladesh. It got me thinking. I know a wonderful mild-mannered man. He is wise and grandfatherly. This friend of mine is at peace with himself, and to be in his presence is to experience joy.
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Planting a fruit tree?

March 21, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Planting a fruit tree?

In my yard I have a gnarled peach tree, which has only yielded a few worm-eaten peaches for the last eight growing seasons. We used to have bountiful trees, eager with springtime blossoms and sweet fruit as the summer progressed. How we used to relish the harvest! In my yard, I have the dried twig...
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Permission to err?

March 15, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Permission to err?

In the wilderness of the icy Adirondacks, the creek is rising. Every two hours I bundle up and walk the half-kilometre driveway and check the water level. We are vacationing at the shared family getaway, a place without distractions like internet and cellphone reception. At the rate the river is rising, we have twenty...
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World history — when to rewrite, when to edit

March 9, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
World history — when to rewrite, when to edit

I begin this missive with an apology. The editing process, when one is writing a book, and is not sure of his commas, is arduous. When the publishing company sent the advance copy of our book to us, my collaborators were aghast. It was riddled with errors. It was the victim of a kind editor.
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The secret world of American Cricket

February 22, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The secret world of American Cricket

My life has changed, just at the periphery, but the change is palpable. It’s one of those butterfly-effect things. The energy levels have changed here, just the tiniest bit. When did this happen? What does it mean? I noticed the changes at about the same time bdnews24.com website started posting The Countdown. Things have changed at the...
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To walk across Bangladesh

February 15, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
To walk across Bangladesh

While I was cleaning my house the other day, I came across an old notebook of mine, written 24 years ago in Argentina, precisely half a lifetime ago. Housecleaning, ‚ÄúSquaw work‚ÄĚ, my Alaskan friend Jason used to call it (or anything else he was incapable of doing) has often been the epicentre of my personal...
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Windshield or rear view mirror: an American motorist’s view on Bangladesh elections

February 7, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Windshield or rear view mirror: an American motorist’s view on Bangladesh elections

In about a week, my daughter, at age 17, who has already clocked hours at the controls of both gliders and small motorised aircraft, will face her greatest challenge: she will take the road test that will qualify her to hold a driver’s license. When my daughter is in the air, I feel reassured....
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Becoming Bangladesh: sleeping with a mosquito

January 31, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Becoming Bangladesh: sleeping with a mosquito

I have to admit it. Since I started writing for bdnews24.com, I have gauged the reach my articles have enjoyed by the number of facebook shares that appear next to the headline. I also count the number of responses generated. On the basis of these two statistics, I decide what to write about next.
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A Letter to India…

January 25, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
A Letter to India…

Dear India, Recent killings of children in both the United States and Bangladesh have moved me. When I can’t wrap my mind around what can happen in this world, the order and structure imposed by verse can help clear my mind. Therefore, I have enclosed a poem at the bottom of the write-up.
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Political paprik√°s: the recipe for building of a wonder

January 18, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Political paprik√°s: the recipe for building of a wonder

My mother is a Hungarian immigrant. As the Soviet oppressors swept into Hungary in 1947 at the end of World War II, a mass exodus occurred. My relatives were scattered from Saudi Arabia and Melbourne to Zimbabwe and Buenos Aires.
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Arizona shooting: how will it change American politics?

January 10, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Arizona shooting: how will it change American politics?

In a supermarket parking lot, during a political meet and greet with the people of Southern Arizona, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot through the head at close range. The gunman continued firing into the crowd, killing Arizona’s Chief Federal judge who had just happened to come by to say hello to Ms. Giffords on...
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