Riding the rails from Los Angeles to Connecticut provides a feast for the eyes and an opportunity to reflect on the changes America has seen - plus those still to come.
While it is a cliché to state what you're thankful for, I am thankful for what I have today and for the way things turned out.
Denying U.S. citizens their Constitutional right to travel and exchange personal experience with their Cuban brothers and sisters is a stupid policy.
Looking at it through a wide-angled lens, we've been staying at people's houses for hundreds of years; saving money, meeting people, really immersing ourselves in the culture.
What a trip! I had last visited my American home country three years earlier; during my visit last month I saw that some things hadn't changed much, some things had.
Soon we'd be snaking through the freight yards and pulling into the Amtrak platform at L.A.'s Union Station. It was a dramatic opening scene - almost cinematic - filled with promise.
The Chicago Tribune's editorial February 16 on U.S.- Cuba relations was big news - the newspaper had departed from the prevailing silence on how Cubans arrive in the United States.
July 26, 1953 was the start of the movement to overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista -- and the Cuban Revolution.