We won the Reader Views Five Stars Award !!!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers;

Good morning. Today we learned that we have won the prestigious Five Stars Award of Reader Views. The final list of winners will be published in their website in the Spring. We are ecstatic !!!

We are hereby enclosing the critical review of our book, which was very adulatory. Here it is:

Emotional Frustration: The Hushed Plague
Dr. Mario O. Laplume
Outskirts Press (2021)
ISBN: 978-1977222695
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (01/2022)
“Emotional Frustration: The Hushed Plague,” is written in formal expository prose to highlight
issues that lead to women being frustrated and dissatisfied. A wide range of topics are discussed
around issues relating to women today, and also how they have been impacted in the past.
Women who have made contributions to history are highlighted, and unfortunately, their gifts to
society did not guarantee happy endings for many of them. The author Dr. Mario Laplume also
provides a great deal of insight into why women think differently than men. The physiology of
the brain is used as a very interesting and enlightening example. Disparities involving financial,
educational and career opportunities are reviewed in depth, with women often coming up with
the short end of the stick.
In each section, Laplume also offers “Nuggets of Wisdom,” which are suggestions to help men
best assist their women through difficult situations. These suggestions tend to be a bit humorous,
at least in my eyes as a woman, because if my partner tried to placate me using some of them, it
would not end well for him. But it would be nice to see more men step up to the plate by helping
alleviate some of the stressors in which women are currently dealing, especially when the
woman is working, parenting, and trying to maintain a household.
I found “Emotional Frustration: The Hushed Plague,” to be well crafted and highly informative.
It is clearly well researched and referenced. The topics covered are too numerous to mention, but
I am amazed by how much interesting information is packed between these pages. While there is
a great deal of information being presented, the material is written in a way that makes the
reading enjoyable. I would love to see this be used as a text in a women’s studies class. In my
day, those classes were referred to as “Man Hating 101.” I need to emphasize that this work does
not convey that feeling all, rather it highlights the differences between the two genders and how
historically woman have had to overcome a lot to get where they are today.
“Emotional Frustration: The Hushed Plague,” is definitely highly recommended reading. I would
also suggest offering as an engagement gift to a future groom!

Did you not get a copy of our book yet? What are you waiting for? Here is the hyperlink.

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Happy Saint Valentine’s Day !!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. We wish you all a very Happy Saint Valentine’s Day, which has been extended from mere Romancing to celebrate True Friendship. We need good friends to pull through Life’s ordeal.

Note. This image of William Adolphe Bouguereau’s Le Premier Baiser was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

However, we have to confess that this Valentines; Day has a very special personal importance for us.  After being alone for almost twenty two years, we finally have a great girlfriend in the works. We met her three months ago in a good and safe dating app that does check the biometric data of all their customers, with proper identification and safety measures so the educated ladies feel at ease. But also us, men, want to avoid the unpleasant surprises of money scammers and false identities.

When we were about to send Sarah a nice card, she had already beaten us as there is a six hours time difference between Zagreb, where she resides, and our location in Miami. What a nice surprise!

Of course there are always naysayers, family or friends, that either will tell you that she does not really exist or that a knockout girl like that “cannot possibly fall in love with you.” We respond:

Si estoy soñando, por favor, por favor que no me despierten !!!

(If I am dreaming, please, please, do not wake me up)

Happy Saint Valentines’ Day to all of you !!!

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Thank you very much !!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Hardly ever you have seen my face in this page but today I really want you to see my happy face in a picture taken by my secretary last week in my medical office here in Miami. Do you see my satisfaction? Not only I am happy for my book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague but also for the success of this page and my podcasting space. Thank you for your loyal support.

Today we are already at our desk preparing our next article about the Major Arcana Tarot cards as you can see. We will continue to study in earnest to write the most interesting articles for you.

Avanti bersaglieri che la vittoria e nostra!

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Is Christianity changing?

“There cannot be only one path towards such a great mystery” Symmachus

In her new book La Fin de la Chrétienté Chantal Delsol affirms that the much-publicized Decline of the Christian influence in the governance of our societies does not spell the doom of the Christian Faith. On the contrary there is a open rejuvenation of it. We are assisting to a transformation of traditional Christian liturgy and precepts, but not its morality , which will progressively take refuge in households, away from the public spaces, In Pagan Rome there was a clear distinction between the moral values safeguarded at home and the political precepts discussed in public forums.

According to an article by Christopher Caldwell in The New York Times : “in it, the political theorist Chantal Delsol contends that we are living through the end of Christian civilization – a civilization that begun (roughly) with the Roman rout of Pagan holdouts in the late fourth century and ended (roughly) with Pope John’s XXIII embrace of religious pluralism and the West’s legalization of abortion.”

Pagan scholars like Symmachus rightly foretold that the Christian authorities replacing them in the seats of power would become as intolerant to other religions as they had been for Early Christianity when the faithful were sent to the Colosseum to be devoured by devilish beasts. Now the ultra-reactionary elements of our Catholic Church stage mendacious media campaigns to whisper in the back of progressives like out dear Pope Francis. And we do not mean the pious and conservative priests that are suspicious of his novel views on the practice of our faith. We are talking about those un-Christian Roman hedonistic-prelates that feast on lobster while half of Mankind starves.  Splurging  their swine body frames in a sea of Epicurean abundance, they dare to  hypocritically point their fingers at the miserable man that has stolen an apple to feed his staving daughter.

Shame on those Pharisaic impersonators that are trying to co-opt for them the Voice of Jesus Christ.

Giù le mani di tutti questi vergognosi maiali che vogliono rubbare nostra Santissima Chiesa Cattolica. 

Note. This reproduction of Caravaggio’s John the Baptist was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

Even though, it has been covered by a superficial patina of social prudery, there is still a very thick subterranean vein of relevant values inherited from Paganism in our society—the Hippocratic Oath we physicians swear by at graduation being a good example. And now that citizens are becoming less religious, or less subservient to official religions, we see a surge of not only Pagan values and manifestations but also signs of Eastern religions like Buddhism that seek to coexist with traditional Christendom. Progressive sociopolitical analysts argue that our modern societies have become too civically and culturally diverse, with the emergence of LGBTQ communities, to solely accept the vision of institutions that were built more than 1,000 years ago. The Meaning of Life requires more.

As a longtime adherent to the Mystical Branch of Christianism , following the lead of our dear Father Merton, we should welcome this re-assessment of our faith with a new light that goes beyond the Cartesian’s vision that ruled our church for so long. If Christianity, and the Roman Catholic Church in particular, want to become “the big tent” that our dear Pope Francis has resiliently promoted since his arrival, we should pay heed to a few lessons from other religions, including Judaism and Islam. There is not a decline of Christianity, just a necessary “aggiornamento” to our times.

In our new book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague we discuss the value of questioning accepted religious routines with these words heard in an Italian mass through the RAI.

“We might harbor certain certitudes about the women sharing our daily life. But we must remain skeptical as they might have been created with faux premises that layered a palimpsest of social prejudices and biased opinions in our minds. Watching the Cathedral of Agrigento’s mass, an exquisite feminine voice warned:

Chi non dubbia, non cerca.

Chi non cerca, non vede

E chi non vede, rimane cieco.[i]

References

[i] These lines were delicately pronounced by a feminine voice-over in the RAI’s live transmission of the Sunday Mass service in the Cathedral of Agrigento, Sicily, in Cristianità  on April 28, 2019. It can be translated as:

“Whomever does not doubt, does not search

Whomever does not search, does not see

Whomever does not see, remains blind.”

Roman Curia, publish your monthly expenses on Lobster, Caviar and Pheasant for us to see.

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Long Live the Republic of India !!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. On January 26th we celebrated India’s Independence Day, the day in 1950 when the Constitution of the largest and one of the youngest democracies of the planet was ratified. The British colonizers granted independence to the country on August 15th 1947 and India celebrates its 73th anniversary. The country could exercise self-government but they did not have the draft of a modern Constitution that would preserve the rights of millions of hitherto dispossessed peasants. According to a comprehensive article by Harbans, our Brahminic mentor, the government created a commission to draft the document which was initially done on November 4th 1947. The country’s National Assembly approved it on January 24th 1950 and it went into effect on January 26th 1950. 

Note. This image of the Unfurling of the Indian Flag by Prime Minister Modi at the Red Fort in 2017 was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

To all our Indian friends, business associates and loyal readers and listeners we are saying in unison.

Long Live India !!!!

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Thank you Readers and Listeners

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. In the name of all the staff that works so passionately and efficiently in our web and podcast spaces, we would like to thank you for the warm welcome you have always given all of us, Only rarely do we show our face because this is really a team effort and not only our production. Today I decided to share a picture I took yesterday in our medical center office so I get close to you.

And a day after we took this one at our workstation in Miami, Florida, USA, where we write for you.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH .

MUCHAS GRACIAS.

MERCI BEAUCOUP.

GRAZIE MILLE.

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Gracias Tanas Queridas

Queridos lectore(a)s, oyentes y colegas blogero(a)s:

Buenos dias. Este mes de Enero celebramos el pasado 17 el cumpleaños de nuestra querida madre Gladys Garbarino y el dia 25 el de nuestra querida abuela Yolanda Garbarino. Gracias a las dos queridas tanas (una forma abreviada de referirse a las italianas en el Río de La Plata) tenemos la Vida Misma, ese milagro biológico que nuestras mujeres atesoran en sus maravillosas panzitas.

Esta foto fue tomada en Diciembre de 1990,en el baby shower que le preparamos a Mary, la madre de mis hijos, por el imminente nacimiento de nuestra hija Noël Marie en el fabuloso restaurant Casa Juancho de la Calle Ocho. Para los que no estan familiarizado(a)s con esa ceremonia, es una reunión con los familiares y las amigas de la embarazada para festejar con regalos y una comida.

Muchas gracias Tanas Queridas por darnos la Vida y criarnos con tanto afecto. 

Grazie Mamme !!!

Que Diosito Todopoderoso las tenga en su Gloria Eterna !!!

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One Hundred Years of the Glorious Ulysses

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Almost one hundred years ago Sylvia Beach, the owner of the iconic Shakespeare and Company in the Left Bank, put up a blue-green book volume on display at her bookstore. Thus started the life of one of the greatest literary works of our modern times. Ulysses by James Joyce. That bookstore closed in 1941 when the Nazis entered Paris but it was opened again in 1951 there.

Note. These images of James Joyce and his book Ulysses were taken from Wikimedia Commons.

That work of fiction radically changed modern literature and most of the living writers,, including yours truly, are great admirers of that seminal work; of course there are a few detractors as well.  Here is what we wrote in Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague, using Ulysses as a reference for the way we approached the study of feminine woes. Slowly, methodically, minding our steps.

“After discussing a major topic, we insolently broke the so-called “fourth wall” [i] to proselytize directly to men and try to shake their perennial, paralyzing torpor off. They look like the college notes on literary but hard to read classics like Ulysses. [ii]

We can still remember the utter puzzlement and sense of loss we had when we raided the great library of our dear father Mario [iii] and pulled that book out. “What is this? Why all this messy lay-out? Where do I start? Will I reach the end?”

Do not despair. Ignorant men can learn. Frustrated women can get relief.

We can overcome together the devastating consequences of this pandemic.

Only the concerted, sustained effort of all genders will rebuild our societies.

Every memorable adventure, and its printed saga, begins with a single step.

Please give us your hand and let us make that most humble, powerful move.

As Mario Benedetti [iv]—a chronicler of the “little details of life”—said:

“Lo Imposible. Sólo tarda un poco más.” [v]

References

[i] In theatrical jargon the “fourth wall” refers to the space interposed between the actors and their spectators.

[ii] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/338798.Ulysses

[iii] Mario Laplume Salguero was our dearest father and we prepared an article in his honor in our web page.

https://drmolaplume.com/2018/08/14/the-visionary-of-trinidad/

[iv] https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mario-Benedetti/

[v] Can be translated as “The Impossible. It only takes a little bit longer.” Mario Benedetti is one of the greatest modern Uruguayan writers who specialized in short stories and penned some of the most memorable romantic lines. Like James Joyce, he was interested in the vicissitudes of urban life and the multiple characters that inhabit—and suffer—them. “Montevideanos”, his first major book published in 1959, has reminiscences of “Dubliners.”

Là Breithe Shona Dut Ulysses !!!

Happy Birthday Uysses !!!

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Happy New Year 2022!!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning and Happy New Year 2022 to all of you. May the New Year finally deliver us from the horrors of this pandemic and its crippling Social Isolation to finally get back to a humane life. We still remember that three years ago we attended a fabulous barbecue party in a big farm deep in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here is a picture of the bacchanal grilling that went on there.

And the following pictures were taken today in the home of our cousin Adriana and Antonio where a plentiful Festa Napuletana took place in stride. Let us hope that we will join you next year. Salute.

Let us hope that we can return to these glorious days of good food, strong wines and nice company. Let us raise our glasses in a well deserved community celebration. Salud a todos y todas!!!

Enjoy your meal!

Buen provecho!

Bon apétit!

Buon appetito!

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Merry Christmas!!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. On the twenty-fourth and the twenty-fifth of this month we will be celebrating the holiest day of Christianity in all its denominations, which is of course Christmas or the day our Lord Jesus Christ was born in a humble manger of the city of Bethlehem, 2021 years ago. Like yesterday.

What better way to celebrate such a wonderful day than with the company of your children? In this picture taken yesterday you can see us with Gian Luca, after we cut our hairs to look pretty for you.

Note. This picture of Gian Luca and María Tomasa, his lovely mother , was taken today in Los Angeles in front of the art theatre where they are showing Licorice Pizza.

May God Almighty continue blessing you all in the dear company of your friends and loved ones.

Merry Christmas!

Feliz Navidad!

Joyeux Noël!

Buon Natale!

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