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I left Cuba a day too early – Dec. 16 – the day before the United States and Cuba announced plans to restore a  diplomatic relationship shredded by political and emotional events 50 years and more in the making. People will disagree about the decisions, question motives and speculate about why it took so long to at least begin to help a country trapped by time.

Answers seldom come coated in black and white but peel back the faded nostalgic dream world that makes Cuba so inviting to travelers and look at the people caught in mid-century monotony.

Just look.

Then decide who we have really been punishing.

 

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Meet me: Sheilah Bright, a sucker for a story. I've been a journalist for 39 years after first publishing at age 14. Do the math. No, don't. My work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines. I spent 18 years writing advertising for People and TIME magazine. When I'm not traveling abroad, I bounce along the backroads of Oklahoma searching for some golden story nuggets as a contributing editor for This Land Press and Oklahoma Today.

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