Tuesday, September 21, 2010
(My new American Thinker post)
Just read a story about a man known as Padre Gilberto, an American from Mississippi who is a priest in Cuba:
Good for Padre Gilberto!
Pope Francis will visit an island that kicked out priests and nuns many years ago.
In fact, I remember that quite well.
In the 1960s, my younger brother and I attended The Maristas School in Havana. It was a pretty traditional Catholic school for boys. I can still remember that we wore a blue shirt, put on a white tie and those light colored pants. I will never forget the big baseball diamond where the older boys played against other schools. We used to dream of making the team and wearing those fancy uniforms.
Our education was interrupted one day when the schools were closed and all of the religious people expelled. All of a sudden a vibrant center of education turned into an empty facility.
Sadly, the building eventually became a political prison and well known for torture. Armando Valladares, one of Cuba's most famous political prisoners, wrote about it in his book "Against all hope". I remember reading the book and feeling terrible that the classrooms and spaces where we spent our youth later tortured Cubans. It took me a while to get over that.
Why did Castro target the church? Like many other groups, the Catholic Church kept reminding Fidel Castro that he promised elections as soon as possible. Of course, Fidel Castro did not like being reminded that he promised elections and a few other things. Dictators don't like that!
So he threw the priests and nuns out of the country.
My brother and I eventually moved to a public school, along with all of the other friends from Maristas. We were quickly reminded that education in Cuba was more than teaching kids about reading and writing. The schools became the regime's indoctrination center. History was rewritten and the US became public enemy # 1.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Mary Travers died in 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Peter and Paul are still around but I'm not familiar with their solo careers.
I have always loved folk music. It's fun and very nice to sing along to.
Enjoy another Peter, Paul & Mary song, and pay special attention to Mary Travers' voice.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
The late Buddy Holly was born September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. He is also buried there.
Buddy, along with Richie Valens ("La Bamba") and The Big Bopper, died in a plane crash in 1959.
Most of us learned of Buddy Holly's life because of Don McClean's "American Pie", a song that told the story of the day that Buddy Holly was killed.
He was only 22 and a big recording star. He had huge hits, such as "That'll be the day", "Oh Boy", "True love ways", "Maybe baby" and "Heartbeat".
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) September 7, 2017
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
It was not a big hit but it showed her ability to write a good pop song......
IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER....
"What should I write, what can I say, how can I tell you how much I miss you?
The weather here has been as nice as it can be,
although it doesn't really matter much to me
For all the fun I'll have while you're so far away, it might as well rain until September
I don't need sunny skies for thing I have to do,
cause I stay home the whole day long and think of you
As far as I'm concerned each day's a rainy day, so It might as well rain until September
My friends look forward to their picnics on the beach,
yes everybody loves the summertime
But you know darling while your arms are out of reach,
the summer isn't any friend of mine
It doesn't matter whether skies are grey or blue,
it's raining in my heart 'cause I can't be with you
I'm only living for the day you're home to stay, so it might as well rain until September
September, September, oh it might as well rain until September"...."
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