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American, born in Santa Clara, Cuba. Live in Connecticut, work in NYC.

Professionally, i am a creative director, conversant in various media. My C.V. includes four years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force, 25 years of major advertising agency experience building campaigns for global and U.S. clients; many industry awards, public speaking and no felony arrests. i am largely self-educated post 8th grade but try to learn something new every day.

I hope this blog someday provides my children a slightly different view of the funny (to them) man who kissed their toes and made them laugh, who conjured many bedtime plays and stories, and many more encouragements to dream and reach and leap. And that they might know how much i admire them and have learned from them.


Black coffee. Red shoes. Any sky. Horseback. Swimming with my dog. Painting. Baseball and manual transmissions as life skills. David McCullough, Willa Cather, Cervantes, Mark Helprin, V.S. Naipaul. Singers who sing in more than one language. Pitchers with more than one change up. Sorolla, Degas, Cezanne. Renata Tibaldi, Rachael Yamagata, Astrud Gilberto, Etta James and Dinah Washington. Jimmy Durante, Maurice Chevalier, Mindy Smith, Eliza Gilkyson, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch. The Toms, Wolfe & Waits. Leonard Cohen, David Ruffin, Arthur Prysock and Johnny Hartman. And, naturally, Alvin of Chipmunk fame.