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German Torpedoes and The Good Ship Winnipeg-Torpedos alemanes y el buen barco Winnipeg

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I always wondered whatever happened to the ship Winnipeg that rescued my parents and me from war-torn Europe to refuge in Chile. I finally found an answer! She was a British cargo ship built in 1918, property of the Canada Pacific company. From 1920 it was a training vessel with capacity for 250 students. In August 1939 she carried 2.200 Spanish refugees from France to Chile. On October 22 1942, carrying cargo  Read More 
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Is a "neighborhood watch" effective against crime?

Are “neighborhood watches” effective against crime?
In the 1970s, several women in the Northern Virginia suburb where I lived were attacked on our streets, and several houses were burglarized. Pressing doorbells I gathered about 40 neighbors in our house and two police officers instructed us on how to organize a neighborhood watch.
We “patrolled” the  Read More 
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How did the overweight “ideal woman” of 1912 fared as concerns longevity?

Many journalistic articles recently have been reporting that being overweight makes you live longer. Few articles, however, seriously analyze this happy “news.”

One example is the amply reported case of Elsie Scheel, a 24 year old Cornell student, who was 5’7” tall and weighed 171 lbs. and was declared in 1912 to be "the ideal woman" as far  Read More 
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CASTEDO'S TWITS. FOOD IN SUITCASES

When I fly somewhere where I can cook I carry food. Tractors and grand pianos are carried in airplanes, why not some onions and potatoes?
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CASTEDO'S TWITS. OBITUARIES

When someone died at the age I am now, I used to say, well, lived long enough. Now I say, so young! What happened!!
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CASTEDO'S TWITS. HAPPINESS

I don’t expect to be happy, just not unhappy. But I’m usually very happy or very unhappy. I’m aiming for midway, tilting towards happy.
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REJECTED PARENTS

Many parents who have been rejected by their grown children ask, “I can’t understand why I have so much pain in my life.” The answer? It's because they are too close to the issue to see it with perspective. Most rejected parents are the victims of a trend that started in the 1960s  Read More 
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CASTEDO'S TWITS. HEADACHES

Whenever I get a headache I say better a headache than to be limbless, blind, deaf and dumb (that especially, if you know me).

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2,500 Refugees in a Cargo Boat

70 years ago, after fleeing from Franco's wrath, concentration and detention camps in France, and the invading Nazis, my parents and I, departed from Europe in an old, leaky cargo boat originally outfitted for a crew of 12 to 16, bursting at the seams with almost 2,500 Spanish refugees like us. My father had war wounds and had lost the sight of one eye. The boat was called The Winnipeg. The rescue operation was arranged by Pablo Neruda.  Read More 
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BLOOD, DEATH AND A MIRACLE IN MADRID

I was in Boston when I got a call from a doctor in Madrid who told me he was at my mother’s and had sent her in an ambulance to the hospital, but didn’t think she would be alive by the time she got there. Glassfuls of blood were pouring from my mother's mouth Read More 
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