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Reflections On Our Times

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I just took this picture. It's the view I have from my terrace at the moment. What is normally a beautiful sweep of mountains in the distance,  has been reduced to a film of white dust which totally  eclipses the mountains. It looks light a shot of southern Florida when you're away from the water.

The phenomenom is caused by Sahara dust. You might be wondering what does Puerto Rico, a small island in the Caribbean, have to do with anything in the Sahara, especially its dust. The answer lies with the whims of climate.  Now, I must  emphasize at this point, that never  until I returned to the island ten years ago, had I heard of Sahara dust. My mother, who taught me everything I learned about the island and my ancestry, never mentioned it. She did talk at length of the terrifying thunderstorms of summer and of the northerly spring showers named for the "Pidgeon Peas." She also mentioned often the great killer hurricanes of her father's youth and the earthquake of 191…

Living Alone During Corona Virus

Dear Friends and Readers:
I am, like many of you, living isolated.When I retired and moved to my beautiful little place in the mountains of Puerto Rico, it was the achievement of a long-cherished dream. I saw myself rising to a breath-taking view every morning, drinking my morning cup of coffee in bliss, and writing for hours without distractions or time-consuming responsibilities. It was exactly like that for several years.
My grown children, grandchildren, and brothers stayed in Florida, living their lives, managing their careers, and enjoying their retirements. I did not see living away from them as an obstacle to closeness. After all, I flew to Florida several times a year, and if there was a family emergency, I stayed there to help as long as they needed me. We always keep in touch with calls and text messaging, etc. Sometimes, I talk to my children more in one day than I ever did in one month when I lived fifteen minutes away from them.
The last month, however, has been one I neve…

FREE CLASSICS!

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Are you a lover of classic literature? If you are, you can read to your heart's content for FREE!  No, you don't have to borrow from a library. You can own books by authors such as Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Conrad, etc. totally for free.  






You will need a wifi connection and the time to peruse Amazon's list of free classics. Of course, you'll also need a reading app for your phone or tablet, but those are also free and widely available. I use the Kindle app on my iPad and iPhone. 





No, I am not talking about Amazon's Kindle Unlimited, for which you have to pay. I am referring to the immense list of totally free books available which are out of copyright protection and part of the public domain. Of course, you can traipse over to Project Gutenberg and spend hours sifting through their complex listings. You can also head over to Amazon and check out the Free Classics.






The Amazon listing is a lot easier to search and most importantly, to download.  Plus…