Monthly Archives: December 2016

Book Review: “Ceremony” by Leslie Silko

Ceremony was hard to read; but I’m glad I did! It is the story of Native Americans from New Mexico and their experiences as they traveled through their lives. Participation in World War II; and how that changed people fighting … Continue reading

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Cue Venezuela’s Ration Cards

“If you trade your liberty for food, you will be condemned to be a slave.” This was how Cedice Liberty, one of Latin America’s greatest think tanks described the not-too-surprising announcement that Venezuela is finally moving to a cashless ‘ration … Continue reading

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#ReseñaQuéLeer: El incendio de San Porfirio

Originally posted on QuéLeer:
QueLeer.- El escritor norteamericano que vivió muchos años en Venezuela, Joel Hirst nos presenta su segundo y definitivo libro, “El Incendio de San Porfirio”, la continuación de “El Teniente de San Porfirio“. En esta ocasión,…

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2017 – And Life More Abundant

I thought I’d drop in for a minute to say “hi”. I perhaps haven’t ever said how much I appreciate each of you – those who read and share and engage and respond, my companions in this unorthodox journey of … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Sahara

Originally posted on Joel D. Hirst's Blog:
Today?I woke up to my first Christmas in the Sahara.? I feel strangely close to the Christmas story here.? The images of first century Israel are still daily displayed on the unpaved…

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#Reseña El Teniente de San Porfirio

Originally posted on QuéLeer:
QuéLeer.-  La primera novela de Joel Hirst, un norteamericano que vivió muchos años en Venezuela está escrita con una gran habilidad descriptiva, y una excelente destreza narrativa para mezclar aspectos verdaderos con ese realismo mágico…

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“Dreaming in Cuban” A Book Review

Americans love antique shops. In the mountain villages above Colorado Springs or the tiny towns of the Blue Ridge in West Virginia people – tourists all – rifle through the clutter in hopes of finding that prize. I have known … Continue reading

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“Christmas In Africa” — or something

Christmas in the camps. That’s what I was going to call this piece. The camps, that central fixture of my life. Oh, sure, not like their camps. Of course. Ours have cable TV, internet – air conditioning, food and pools … Continue reading

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The Posts That Moved Us in 2016: Current Events

Originally posted on Discover:
As 2016 comes to an end, it looks like a watershed year for violence, upheaval, and loss. Even those on the winning sides of pitched political battles like the US presidential election and Brexit are ready…

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Go Read a Red State Book

Oh how quickly things can change. Only a month ago, ‘progressives’ were calling those who did not agree with them just plain “stupid” – without any nuance or frills, as this emblematic article (written interestingly enough in 2004 and laying … Continue reading

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