Monthly Archives: March 2011

A new feature: Photos illustrating Farewell Rio

A new feature of the Farewell Rio blog is under construction.  For each chapter of the novel, Farewell Rio, a page of photos will provide current (2011) views of the locations mentioned in the chapter together will relevant quotes from … Continue reading

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A wild speculation: Was the Brazilian frost of 1975 partly responsible for the fall of the Berlin Wall?

The severe frost of July, 1975 killed over half of Brazil’s coffee trees, drastically reducing the Brazilian coffee crop and raising worldwide coffee prices.  The resulting shortage was acutely felt in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), where it gave … Continue reading

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