Finneran's Wake

Mil gracias to my brother and friend, Ernesto Crespo, for accompanying me on my first recorded and filmed interview/conversation (of which, in the coming weeks, I hope to have many more!)

His remarkable story, to which hundreds of thousands of Americans can doubtless relate, will always be a source of inspiration to me.

From him, you'll learn what it was like to grow up in Cuba in the 1980s under the regime of Fidel Castro; how the island struggled during the "Periodo Especial" when the Soviet Union fell; how he assuaged his hunger with a filling concoction (water mixed with sugar); what it was like to be educated in a state-run school bearing the name of "Lenin"; what it was like to feel the pinch of poverty, and the sweetness of socialist "equality"; to aspire to a better future; to dream of a better life; and, finally, to become, an American.

If you or someone you know has a story to tell and would like to join me on a conversation, please send me an email at All voices are welcome.

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What is Finneran's Wake?

News, politics, history, poetry, philosophy, literature, life: A little university in the palm of your hand, an eloquent voice between your ears! Intended neither to inflame, nor to polarize, but to pursue truth. What end could be greater? Sapere Aude, my friends! Dare to think. Dare to seek. Dare to know.