Event Video – “Cuba: From Us To You”

On the night of March 10, myself and a team of Cuba enthusiasts threw an event in Minneapolis to share Cuba with the Midwest. “Cuba: From Us to You” featured a multimedia presentation, dance performance, and cigar smoking socializing afterwards. Yesterday I published the video of this event–the best of the presentation, performance, and audience…
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I’m Joining A New Social Network That Pays You For Your Content

I just wrote my introductory post on a social network many of you have probably never heard of: Steemit.com. It isn’t as pretty and popular as Facebook or Reddit–yet–and there is a learning curve. But Steemit is starting to blow up as the leader of social sites that give users their due when contributing content. What…
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Want To Go To Cuba? These Three Ladies Can Help

Cuba may not be on your to-go list, but perhaps it should. While many tropical destinations compete for the best resorts, beaches, and night life, Cuba offers a culture and vibrancy all its own. And as time goes by and Cuba opens up, some of its authenticity and other-worldliness may disappear. Think Hilton, Starbucks, and…
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Regular Resurrections: My Week In Northern Minnesota

This past weekend was the Easter holiday for Christians. It is the recognition of Jesus’s death and resurrection, his act as the Son of God to cleanse humankind of their sins. Easter is also an occasion for families, such as mine, to gather. Yesterday I joined siblings, cousins, in-laws, and more–at least three generations of…
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Death And Taxes: On Being Forced To Contribute To What You Believe Is Wrong

Laid out on my bedroom floor are my business receipts from 2017: equipment purchases, meals, parking, miles driven, etc. For the self-employed, taxes can be a days-long process organizing documents and crunching numbers. And in the middle of it all, I read last Friday that President Trump signed into law the $1.3 trillion United States…
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Everyday Cuba

From the south coast to the north, I saw the highlights of Cuba with which we are all familiar: classic cars, musicians, cigars, and architecture.  But what about the everyday experience for the Cuban?  Today we take to the streets to see what life is like for the working Joe and Jane. Or Jose and…
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Havana’s Architectural Marvels, Dilapidation, And An Argument About Communism

With the first half of my Cuba journey behind me, I now had six days to soak in Cuba’s heartbeat: Havana. On the afternoon of my second day, I joined one of Havana’s free walking tours. One such tour is of the section of the city known as Old Havana (La Habana Vieja). This includes…
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Cuban Man Breaks Silence *New Feature Video

On January 4, 2018, Cuban man Juan Menendez sat down with me in a Havana park and did what Cubans are taught never to do: speak openly and critically about their government. Juan was so plain-spoken about poverty, censorship, intimidation, and general mismanagement of his country, it was easy to forget we were in Cuba–and…
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A Night Connecting With Cuba

Last night in Minneapolis I co-hosted an evening sharing Cuba with Minnesotans. There was a salsa dance performance, a silent auction & giveaway of Cuba-related prizes, and then I offered a presentation about my recent two weeks traveling this enigmatic nation. Cuba is a coin with two very different sides: expressive and positive on one…
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Come Enjoy Cuban Art, Dance, Prizes, And A Presentation This Saturday Night

Cuban stories. Cuban music. Cuban cigars. Do you detect a pattern here? Come out this Saturday evening, March 10 for our event “Cuba: From Us to You.” As I’ve done when returning from other countries, I’ll present photos & footage, stories & takeaways from my recent travels through this provocative and alluring nation. But this…
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