Gian Luca graduated from Florida State University!!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday our dearest son Gian Luca passed his last scheduled exam and graduated from Florida Sate University, the academic objective we have been eagerly pursuing as a family. Now our two children have graduated from college and we , as parents, could not be more proud.

Thank you God Almighty for making this feat happen and for being proud witnesses of their success !!!

In the above picture , you can see us both celebrating my birthday in the Lincoln Regal Cinema.

He wants to become a movies director and we will do everything we can for him to achieve his dream. 

Here he is when he went in November 2019 for his introductory course for upcoming students.

Here are our two children in the set-up they have chosen for their careers; Entertainment Industry.

This picture shows when they got the Miami-Dade College Award for most promising new artists.

Thank you God Almighty for giving us the privilege of having these two wonderful children !!!

Avanti bersaglieri che la vittoria e nostra!

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Celebrating the Day of the Physician in the Americas

Today we are celebrating the Day of the Physician in the Americas, for which we wish all our colleagues of this great profession the very best in these difficult times of SARS-CoV 2 pandemic and resiliently persistent Social Isolation guidelines, which has taxed the patience of all of us. Salve!

We are transcribing  an article that we had written a few years back about the origins of this day:

“On December 3rd, we are celebrating the Day of the Physician in 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 PrÍncipe, Cuba, and studied Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Note. This reproduction of an image of Dr. Carlos Finlay was taken from 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 Córdoba, 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. Cheers!

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

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

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. We wish our family members and friends in this Unique United States of America a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. We certainly believe that it is one of the very few (if not the only one) celebrations that almost every U.S citizen enjoys, regardless of color, creed, social standing. The quasi-fable of some Native Americans saving the lives of the Pilgrim colony is our binding civic glue. It does not matter that the Pilgrims did not invite their benefactors to the feast. It does not matter if the latter did it out of self-interest. It doe snot matter if they never ate turkey. Small details.

Note. This image of The First Thanksgiving was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_First_Thanksgiving_cph.3g04961.jpg

What really matters is that this story binds us in the common American Dream. E Pluribus Unum.  Join with friends and family members to eat something and chat about your future projects. Moreover, in a dignified move of Corporate America, many store chains will remain closed to give their employees some well deserved pause. Enough with that silly consumerism that leads nowhere.

God Almighty continue blessing the citizens of this fabulous Unique United States of America.

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Dakujem Lovely Ms. Eva!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. It is one of the strongest statements we have repeatedly made in our new book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague : we must thank the women that do us so much good. A small detail that shows your gratitude and affection will go thousands of miles inside their spirits.

Ms. Eva Poper, a.k.a. The Golum Charmer, is one of the paralegals of our dearest friend Sandy at Topkin and Partlow and has been in charge of “this dangerous world character” in our new career. This Slovak beauty has been providing the best legal and corporate advice in the perilous trek we’re in. Last Friday we decided to apologize for having rudely raised our voice for something she was not to blame for. What is better than sending this lady a multicolor bouquet of flowers with thank you balloons, a nice box of chocolates, a cute teddy bear and a sorrowful plea for her pardon in writing? Sniff. Sniff ( we are still crying for her)

She was so excitedly happy that she said she forgave us. Can we trust this Eastern blonde? Nahhh….

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Thank you Tabaré!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. It has been a year already since Tabaré Vázquez, one of the very best presidents of the República Oriental del Uruguay, passed away in the middle of this protracted, awful pandemic. He is being sorely missed by the middle and lower classes of nuestro paísito, as we call our country. The day of his passing we wrote an article and put up a nice picture of his always smiling face.

We just heard in Radio Montecarlo that there will be a parade of 82 horse-mounting-gauchos in his honor, starting in the Rural del Prado and ending up in Plaza Lafone, as he was the first president to offer the possibility of collective bargaining to the thousands of humble farm peones (hired hands) who constitute the backbone of the agricultural and cattle raising parts of the export-oriented economy. One of these farm laborers just said: “with that move, he radically changed our lives for the best.”

Moreover, his administration revamped the Public Health services nationwide and it guaranteed fair access to good medical services to all the citizenry. In fact our dear Father Mario enjoyed this privilege until the end of his earthly stay and now our brother Marcel is staying in the fully revamped Hospital Maciel of Montevideo, which was built between 1781-1788 by the Spanish colonizers. It was designed by Mateo Vidal and Francisco Maciel, a wealthy merchant who contributed with part of the needed financing. Our brother has been getting top medical care and superb nursing attention for months already.

Muchas gracias a todo el personal de este ilustre centro de salud, incluyendo a su director, Dr. Dutra.

Note. This reproduction of a picture of the Hospital Maciel was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

By Hoverfish – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12315050

Que Dios Todopoderoso te tenga en su Santa Gloria, querido compañero Tabaré Vàzquez!

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Does WordPress not believe in Religious Freedom?

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. We just had a very unpleasant experience when we tried to contact WordPress to let them know that we did not want any more ads or banners from Planned Parenthood in our site. There are two reasons for our measured, polite and reasonable request to get rid of them:

a) In our website we do not want to discuss any major political or religious issue, Fertility included. Sadly, our own political and religious beliefs might separate us from other folks and we try to be as inclusive as possible by avoiding those thorny issues altogether. There is no dearth of critical issues.

b) As you may well know we are practicing Roman Catholics (except for our son Gian Luca) and we do not want to participate in any media campaign, big or small, that goes against our Church’s dogma. We respect all the religious or non-religious beliefs, but they have to respect ours too.

Unfortunately there is widespread distrust against our Church (rightly so because it had abetted the horror of priestly pedophilia abuse in its midst) that seeps all across the society, media and beyond. The Automatic employee answered us that the ad might not appear in other places and we should not worry…We do not want it to appear in any jurisdiction. Period. Is that so hard to understand?

WE DO NOT WANT ANY ADS OR BANNERS FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN OUR WEBSITE.

Note. This image of our son Gian Luca was taken in front of one of the remaining sections of the Wall Of Berlin where the late Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev engages in furious kissing with the late First Secretary of the Republic Democratic of Germany Erick Hoenecker. Total Totalitarian Love.

That snarky dismissal of serious objections from a customer constitutes a hubris redolent of the DDR.

Is it because, in spite of their bombastic talk about good service, we’re only small potatoes for them?

Will our name be relayed to the omnipotent StasiOh…wait. A Trabant sedan has just screeched to a halt in front of our building.  We hear some hard footsteps hurrying  up our stairwell…They’re here.

There is only one tiny weeny problem. We live, work and study in the United States of America. 

A blessed country where there is free expression and practice of almost all faiths and creeds.

Let us hope that God Almighty might open the minds of these silly apprentis de sorcier to that Reality.

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The very best gift God Almighty gave us!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday November 5th was our birthday and we celebrated it with Gian Luca, our son. In the following picture we are in the central hall of Regal Lincoln Cinema, our favorite screen.

We went to watch the excellent latest film of the James Bond series, No Time to Die. We loved it! There is nothing better than to celebrate birthdays the American Way. With a big Coke and popcorn.

Thank you very much God Almighty for giving us the best gift one can ask for. Our children.

May you grant us many more birthdays to celebrate with them in good health and happy spirits.

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Always in our hearts!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Our son Gian Luca has scornfully criticized us for travelling perhaps a little too much down what the dubs as Memory Lane, which is the assortment of memories we carry around. He has occasionally sneered at the assortment of small and medium sized pictures that we have displayed in the book shelf right in front where our work station is located. Here is that view:

From your left hand side to your right one, you can see the following:

a) The beautiful icon of Saint Anthony and the Black Madonna that we acquired in Saint Anthony’s cathedral in Padova many years ago.

b) A picture of our late father Mario holding our daughter Noel Marie ( I am the guy on the right) in the rooftop restaurant of the Victoria Plaza Hotel (now renamed as Ramada Inn) in Montevideo.

c) A picture of our daughter’s baby shower in the Casa Juancho restaurant in Miami, with our late grandmother Yolanda and our late mother Gladys flanking me on the right and left respectively.

d) The cross of Jesus Christ right in front of us, just in case anyone has any doubts about our faith.

These pictures do bring sweet and sour memories and a sense of longing, which is perfectly fine. We are shaped and influenced by the significant persons in our lives and the moments shared together. Right where we have been studying and writing for so many years, they inspire us to keep going.

Let us confess something. Tired of his sneering, we decided to double down a few minutes ago. We put a picture of him when he was a cute one year old and our daughter Noël Marie holding a doll.

Because for us, mothers and fathers, whether our children like it or not, they will forever be our babies.

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Dreaming of an Oktoberfest in Berlin

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Today we decided to celebrate Oktoberfest with our son Gian Luca right at home, due to the still certainly precarious and possibly duplicitous status of indoor dining in South Florida. There was a good German Beer restaurant in Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road but it could not survive through the city restrictions. Scheisse!

We are both fans of German food and beer, having both visited Deutschland to celebrate there. In fact, the Teutonic people (mostly men of course) might seem “a little bit sour and rude” to us. But here is a little secret: most Germans will become human, once they get properly soaked with beer. Not only they will become rapidly friendly and merry, but also a tad sentimental, crying included.

In the above picture you can see Gian Luca standing in front of the infamous Checkpoint Charlie.

In the following one, you can see the grafiti mural painted in a piece of the Wall of Berlin still standing, where they depicted Leonid Brezhnev, the late Premier of the USSR, and Erick Hoenecker, the late dictator of the now blissfully defunct Democratic Republic of Germany, in a sarcastic pose.

Berlin is one of the most artistically-oriented major cities of Europe, where the muses of Imagination have blissfully taken up residence after the fall of the über-repressive DDR to cleanse citizens’ spirits.

Of course we love to admire the fair blonde and red-haired Mädchen, the Austrians being the best.

Note. this image was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hacker-Pschorr_Oktoberfest_Girl.jpg

(Sigh) After long, long time ago becoming a Monk of Medicine, we can only watch them from afar.

Prost! Zum wohl!

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Our book for £ 0.99? Bollocks!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers in the United Kingdom:

Good morning. Today at 8 AM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) we will start a Kindle Countdown promotion of our book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague with a starting price of £ 0.99 that will run in one unit increments for one week, until reaching its original list price of £ 7.29.

We could not forget the beautiful people in the UK, especially now that our dearest son Gian Luca is sporting a Mercian Regiment béret in his stand-up comedy presentations. Remember his look?

Are you saying that our fabulous book is now costing almost a third of £ 2.40, the cheapest price for a pint of Guinness beer found only in Wales? Bollocks! This is a deal that you can’t ignore, mate!!!

Make haste and punch away to get this deal right away. And if you like it, please write a review.

TA TA

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