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Scatter My Ashes Over Cuba

The Saturday before Christmas, Cory T Cat and I cuddled up after breakfast so I could read a new memoir written by Olga Karman. It was a quick read, and one I enjoyed a lot. Dr. Karman was born and raised in Cuba, but moved to the United States to marry her first husband. In a move of fate that happens in many lives, she married again and eventually moved to Buffalo where I’m currently living.

During her time living in the United States, she often thought of and missed her birth home. The United States has had an embargo against Cuba since my birth, so I have never traveled to Cuba although the idea of traveling there has always beckoned me. Dr. Karman does a great job of taking readers to the Cuba of her youth. We walk along the streets, swim in the sea, and volunteer at the local hospital along with her. She even allows us to go along when she meets Fidel Castro.

If you’ve moved away from your home city, state, or country and wonder what it would be like to travel back there again, this is a good read for you. If you have ever dreamed about going back in time to 1950s Cuba, this is a good read for you.  If you’ve ever felt like you are never home no matter where you live, Dr. Karman’s book has a few thoughts you may like. Give it a read soon.

CITE: Karman, O. (2006) Scatter My Ashes Over Havana. Los Angeles: CA. Pureplay Press.


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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