“The living conditions may likely seem less desirable for those who have never been to Cuba, but for visitors like me, the beauty lies beneath, in the warmth of its culture and its amazing people.” (photo by Donato DiCamillo)
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Dying is something we all do. Saints, film stars, Olympic athletes, con artists. I feel calmer every time another cool friend pulls it off; if all these smart, funny people have managed to die, could it be so awful to share their fate? Yet much of what we call culture is created to deny death, or at least distract us from it.