Happy New Year 2023!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. The Laplume family wishes our loyal readers and listeners a Very Happy and Prosperous 2023 in the company of our loved ones, the most precious gift God Almighty has endowed us with. Let’s raise our glasses for a toast.

Note. This picture was taken after Christmas Sunday’s mass in the fabulous Saint Patrick’s church of Miami Beach

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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Don’t leave me alone.

With the very best friend God Almighty has given us in our whole lifetime!

Merry Christmas to all our readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon and Happy Holidays to all of you. Just a few minutes ago, we took this selfie with our son Gian Luca, the very best friend we could possibly ask for.

We hope you are similarly spending these festivities in the company of your loved ones, the Godsent blessing for us.

We would like to warmly greet the brave Ukrainian people in this most sacred week as they are daily battling Evil. Moreover, they are engaged in the biggest cultural battle if our times. The faceoff of the Modern Democratic nations ruled by laws with Russia’s abject Authoritarianism that harks back to the Middle Ages. We firmly support you as our children’s world will be marked by that outcome.

No compromise with Fascism. Long live Ukraine. Hasta la victoria, siempre.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

Happy Day of the Physician

Dear readers, listeners, fellow bloggers and podcasters;

Today, December 3rd, we celebrate the Day of the Physician the Americas in honor of all the dedicated and hard-working professionals tending to the health care needs of people from Alaska in the extreme North to Ushuaia in the extreme South.

The Panamerican Health Organization, or Organización Panamericana de la Salud in Spanish, designated this day in honor of Carlos Juan Finlay Barres, a Cuban physician and researcher who had discovered in 1881 that the Yellow Fever was transmitted through an insect vector like Aedes aegypti; he was born on December 3, 1833 in Puerto Principe, Cuba, and studied Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Note. This image of Dr. Carlos Finlay was taken form Wikimedia Commons.

Dr. Finlay, dubbed as “the mosquito doctor” by his detractors, had a hard time to prove his hypothesis but he finally collected enough clinical data to submit to the “Yellow Fever panel” headed by Dr. Walter Reed that finally accepted his findings in 1901. That medical breakthrough prodded the Panama Canal authorities to set up the proper sanitary conditions in the workers’ camps in order to finish the humongous project. In 1902 Dr. Finlay headed the precursor office of the present day PHO.  Dr. Remo Bergoglio, an Argentine physician acting on behalf of the “Sociedad Médica de Cordoba”, submitted a proposal to celebrate this day on the floor of the PHO congress in Dallas in 1953.

To my dear colleagues of the Americas, thank you for your devoted daily work.

A mes collègues de l’Amérique, felicitations pour votre travail dévouée de tous les jours. Salut!

A mis queridos colegas de las Américas, gracias por su trabajo abnegado de todos los días. Salud!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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Uruguay’s Number One football fan in Miami, Florida, USA

Dear readers, listeners, fellow bloggers and podcasters:

Good morning. Today the Uruguayan football team is playing Ghana in the qualifying rounds of the Quatar World Cup. We are winning 2 to 0 in the beginning of the second half.

As the character played by Guillermmo Francella, in the 2009 Oscar award-winning film “The Secret in their Eyes“, explained with the most famous movie phrase about football:

¿Te das cuenta, Benjamín? El tipo puede cambiar de todo: de cara, de casa, de familia, de novia, de religión, de Dios. Pero hay una cosa que no puede cambiar, Benjamín, no puede cambiar de pasión

(Do you realize, Benjamin? The guy can change everything: his house, his family, his girlfriend, his religion, his God. But there is one thing that he cannot change, Benjamin, he cannot change his passion)

He was referring to a fugitive from the law that had changed identity and hid away from his family, after assassinating a young housewife that he had known since childhood.


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Hasta la Victoria, siempre!!!

Queridos lectores, blogeros y podcasters:

Buenos dias. La gran batalla cultural de nuestros tiempos no esta desarrollándose en los espacios sociales de USA, Inglaterra, Francia o Alemania. Está transcurriendo ahora mismo en los campos de guerra y muerte en el Este y Sur de Ucrania, donde el aguerrido ejército y la población civil de esa gran nación estan enfrentando la invasiôn rusa.

Enfrentados en una guerra reminiscente de la Segunda Guerra Mundial (donde el ejercito alemán luchó y perdió cruentas batallas en esas mismas llanuras) están dos diametralmente opuestas visiones para nuestro plnaeta, con importantísimas implicancias, sociales, económicas y culturales para nosotros y nuestros hijos. Y hasta nietos.

Por un lado está el AUTORITARISMPO DÉSPOTA que niega las libertades individuales y las garantias jurídicas de las naciones democráticas. Eso es la FEDERACIÓN RUSA.

Por el otro lado está UNA NACIÓN MODERNA que esta empezando a implementar reformas sociales y juridicas para ser una sociedad democrática. Esa es la UCRANIA.

Note. This Army poster from the Spanish Republican Army was taken from Wikimedia Commons. The legend says “Grab the rifles. For the Homeland, Bread and Justice.”


Ahora no es momento de tener posiciones tibias y confuasas en este conflicto . O se está con la DEMOCRACIA REPUBLICANA o se está con la EDAD MEDIA.

Todos los intelectuales tenemos que apoyar, en la medida de nustra capacidad, el gran esfuerzo de las naciones libres para contener el expansionismo ruso.

Como decíamos en nuestras gloriosas épocas de militante político que luchaba contra la dictadura fascista de los militares uruguayos  en las calles de nuestro querido Montevideo.


Que les parece? Dénnos su opinión.

No me dejen solo.



Happy Columbus Day

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Today, October 10th , we are celebrating Columbus Day in the USA, to remember that day in 1492 when Cristoforo Colombo, a Genovese sailor hired by the Spanish Crown to find an alternate rout to India, came across a whole new continent unknown to Europeans up to them, as he made a landing somewhere in the Northern Bahamas.  For the past few decades, there has been a raging social controversy around this day as the Native Americans consider it the day where their Holocaust began due to European Colonialism. We have discussed this issue in previous articles that you can browse. Nonetheless, as proud Italian-Americans, we do celebrate this day every year, as a reminder of our precious heritage.

Note. This image was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

If you want to read an excellent book about the depredation of Spanish Colonialism in the Americas, you should  consider Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina, which has been translated to dozens of languages. Eduardo Galeano, its late author, was a very good friend of our dear father Mario and we fondly remember him as a great conversationalist.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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Don’t leave me alone.

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. Yesterday, Sunday September 25, one of the two holiest Jewish Holidays started at sundown and will conclude at sundown on Tuesday September 27. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the start of the Jewish New Year and together with the upcoming Yom Kippur represent the holiest dates for he Jewish Faithful. The Jewish calendar is based on the Moon movements, unlike the Gregorian calendar, which is based on the Sun movements. Families get together for a nice dinner, exchanging vows of health and happiness.

In the picture above you can see our son Gian Luca praying at the Western (Wailing) Wall in Jerusalem, during his 2019 scholarship trip to Israel, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Birth Right Israel.

To all our Jewish relatives and friends, we are enthusiastically wishing them Shanah Tovah.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay distant.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Piccola preghiera per la Pace in Ucraina

Dear readers, listeners, and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Sadly, the war of Russian aggression in the Ukraine has dragged on for more than 6 months already, causing thousands of innocent civilian victims in that country, including hundreds of innocent children, besides many thousands of fallen soldiers in both camps. Every one of them has either a loving mother, or a wife, or a sister or a daughter that is now bitterly mourning them.

A total tragedy for the Ukraine, a part of the European continent, which has not witnessed this kind of barbaric aggression since the Nazis invaded it almost 80 years ago.

After an obligatory pause of two months, we would like to start our blogging and podcasting season with a humble prayer for the Peace in Ukraine in Italian. Why that language? God’s ear may be much more attuned to its mellifluous intonations; that is why Saint Peter, after his arrival from the Middle East, built our church there.

Note. This reproduction of Michelangelo’s Pietà was taken from Wkimedia Commons.


Gloria a Dio nell’alto dei cielo e pace in terra agli uomini di buona volontà

Noi ti lodiamo, ti benediciamo, ti adoriamo, ti glorifichiamo, ti rendiamo grazie

Tu che toglie i peccati del mondo, abbi pieta di noi peccatori

Tu che togli tutti i pecati del mondo, accogli la nostra supplica

Tutte le mamme, sposi, sorelle et figli in Ucraina ed Russia hanno sofferto molto

Accogli nostra supplica di trovare un po di pace per questi due nazioni in guerra

Accogli nostra supplica di illuminare i cuori di suoi dirigenti diventatati insensibile

Tacci i fusilli ed i cannoni per fare I guerrafondaie ascoltare gli urli dei vittime

Questi uomini ed donne hano bisogno di essere punglolati per tuo indice

Fatelli sedere a la tavola di negoziazioni prima di due prossime Nativita

Auguriamo una festivita Cattolica ed Ortodossa pacifica per gli ukraini ed russi

Signore, pietà     Cristo, pietà     Signore, pietà


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We’ll be back in September !!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning to you all over the planet. Thank you very much for being so loyal to us and dutifully read and appreciate our writings these two months that we have been on vacation. We checked the stats almost daily and found out that we have new fans as far away as Lithuania, Japan, Canada, Argentina, etc. Merci beaucoup à tous nos nouveaux  lecteurs et nouvelles lectrices de la Belle France et bienvenu(e)s; nous aurons plus d’articles dans notre belle langue de Molière cette année en votre hônneur. Bises.

We are coming back with renewed energies and enthusiasm to research and produce meaningful articles on Wellness, Health Care Justice, Physician and Nurse Burn-Out and of course  Supernatural, Superstitions and She. “our new baby.” We are actively engaged with our Literary and Hollywood agents to not only produce a book deal with a major publisher but also a movie deal with a major Hollywood studio. As we have more details , we will readily let you know as YOU MADE THESE POSSIBLE. THANK YOU.

As you can see we are right now busily preparing all the boxes for our move tomorrow to our new apartment. All Alone. Because no woman wants to take care of us.

In order to console ourselves in our painful solitude we have been preparing hearty soups like this one with carrots, onions and cinnamon sticks.  As the old Castilian saying goes: “entre la sopa y el amor, la primera es la mejor.” (between soup and love, the first one is the best)

Thank you God Almighty for giving us health and strength to continue our writing and podcasting endeavors !

Until next time!

Hasta la próxima!

A bientôt!

Ci vediamo!

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P.S. Our dear readers in Kenya were the very first ones to read this article when we put it up . Like the Kenyan marathon runners, you are always the very first at the finish line. And Mauritius is always the runner up with the lovely Sharvina.