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On the Great Storm of 1926, the Enduring Power of Opera, and One Italian News Report of the Event, Act I.

  As unforgettable as our experiences of hurricanes may be, the newspaper reports always to follow seem somehow “flat” and (despite the pure power of the event) heavily formulaic. Such accounts reliably blend the following ingredients together into one great … Continue reading

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Ruminations Upon the Passing of Another Sacred Day…

As another day slips deeper into its dream of twilight, and a weekend begins that is new in all of creation, never before having been seen or experienced in all of Time, and ours for the taking, May we find … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration “Between the Lines.”

Says the caption:  In the rear of this beautiful wild growth/ There is an orange grove.” Though some might yawn, or shrug their shoulders and think “So what?,” the words scrawled on this old card with such enthusiasm feel to … Continue reading

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On Artist Denman Fink, & the First Sighting of the Venetian Pool.

     (The Art of Denman Fink, Part II) IF Coral Gables may be seen as “The City Beautiful,” then to many its very heart is reflected in the sparkling waterfalls, sun-dappled light touching upon Old Spanish architectural whimsy, and the … Continue reading

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The Amazing Rebirth of the Segregation-Era Hampton House Hotel, and a Window to a Dazzling Era in Miami’s History, Nearly Lost.

  A 22 year-old Cassius Clay (soon to take the name by which we still know and love him, today) celebrates his victory as Heavyweight Champion over Sonny Liston earlier that evening in Miami Beach, and mugs for a snapshot … Continue reading

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Are They STILL Paving Paradise, to Gain a Wal-Mart?

  HERE is a story calling for our immediate attention and focus, because the stakes are the highest, and it is happening even now. It involves a fairly simple sale of a 90-acre parcel of land in the Richmond Heights … Continue reading

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"Awakening Into the Florida Dream:" Observations from Within One of the Greatest.

CHAPTER I One of the great “New Deal” or WPA Depression-Era art installations at Coral Way Elementary School in Miami, FL, where I and my siblings studied (among other, less colorful subjects) the Florida Dream. My Father attended the school … Continue reading

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“Have You a Hero?”

 ONE evening a few weeks back, I heard Alan call out “Hey Paul, come see.  Your Liz is on TV again!”  I dropped what I was doing and sprinted in to catch a glimpse. “Never a dull moment with that … Continue reading

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Around Villa Vizcaya: Panoramic Views of Front Entrance, Garden Spot

When perusing the Photography Pages of the Skyscraper Forum  there’s no way of knowing what all one is likely to encounter.  If you enjoy architecture, or history, or take an interest in world cultures, or happen to be passionate about … Continue reading

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"One Prayer’s Journey Back Home:" On the Sacred Love of Pets.

 WHEREVER Love is, there are quite often strains of Divine Grace in evidence, if one knows how to look, and almost without exception, mystery. A dear friend once shared with me an idea I’ve not forgotten, having to do with … Continue reading

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