First, thank you, Ted, for making this blogging thing possible--and for doing it so quickly!

Second, this is my first blog ever.  And as a good academician I must begin with a definition of a "blog."  I borrowed this from Wikipedia:

"A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts")"

In turn, the word "blogging" is the verb form of the noun "blog."  Therefore the act of writing a blog, as I am doing here, constitutes "blogging." There!

I have wanted to write a blog for some time now but never got around to it.  It is my intent to write in here now & then about things which interest me, and the things which interest me most include theology, family, history, food, music, and politics--in that order.  Oh, and humor, of course, but that will be an integral part of all the other parts.

I have chosen to call myself "CalvinCuban" because, well, it sounds cool.  I got the idea for the name from the blog of a Cuban Orthodox priest by the name of Father Ernesto Obregón.  He refers to himself as "OrthoCuban" and also as "Father Orthoduck" (his blog is @  The "duck" thing is, well, you have to be Cuban to undertand these things.  Fr. Obregón came to the U.S. around the same time I did in 1961 and, as with me, came as part of the Operación Pedro Pan (Operation Peter Pan) program, a massive airlift of about 14K Cuban children from late 1960 through mid 1962.  The program was initiated and  sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami.  Therefore, I will follow the lead of my Cuban Christian brother and adopt "CalvinCuban" as my handle since I like reformed theology and I am Cuban.  How can anyone argue with such impeccable logic?

I also considered calling this a "clog" instead of a "blog" for three reasons.  First, "clog," which begins with a "c," better matches the "C's" in "CalvinCuban."  Second, my bathtub drain frequently clogs (yes, that does factor into the equation).  And third, one of my favorite musical genres, along with worship music, classical music, and Cuban music, is bluegrass music.  Clogging, you see, is a form of bluegrass dancing.  And if you're not familiar with clogging, here's an illustration:



God bless.  See you around.