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Empty Shelves How did we get here?

Empty Shelves How did we get here?

            This is a scene from a local Wal- Mart, a place many Americans are familiar with. What is not normal is seeing all the empty space on the shelves, imagining that this must...

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Self Portraits Bolo's Gallery on Calle Isabel Catholica

Self Portraits Bolo's Gallery on Calle Isabel Catholica

    There is art everywhere on Calle Conti, leaning against walls in pedestrian walkways, stacked deep in little shops along with Dominican Republic baseball caps and knick knacks. The canvases are small, medium, and large, but all seem to have been painted...

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Museo of Cacao Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Museo of Cacao Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Cocoa is grown mostly in West Africa but is also cultivated in the Dominican Republic,Grenada and Nicaragua, all located in the same geographical band circling the waist of our planet. Cocoa is labor intensive to grow and turn into products people will...

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Larimar Precious stone found only in the Dominican Republic

Larimar Precious stone found only in the Dominican Republic

    Larimar is one of Earth's creations, formed by great pressures, huge temperatures, great shiftings of the Earth's crust over millions of years. It is found only in the Dominican Republic where it is mined, cut, polished, and fashioned into fine jewelry....

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StarBucks Break Coffee on skeleton crew

StarBucks Break Coffee on skeleton crew

    Halloween has crawled out of the grave for another year. At a local Starbucks, Freddie doesn't have to bone up on store policy, customer relations, or how to work the register. He hands out coffee and keeps his mouth shut because he rattles when he...

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3 Cups a Day Drink till you drop

3 Cups a Day Drink till you drop

    The saying used to be " An apple a day keeps the Doctor Away. "  In 2017, there were 27,339 Starbucks stores globally.  Back in World War 2, coffee kept pilots awake on long flights to targeted cities, helped wives and girlfriends who watched...

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Mickey’s New Employee Work Trends

Mickey’s New Employee Work Trends

    McDonalds was one of the first corporate giants to infiltrate American communities with cheap hamburgers, fast food, employee training programs, marketing strategies, toys for the kids, drive up windows, extended operating hours. You can dine in any...

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Wind Sock Boogie Coffee and doughnuts are ready

Wind Sock Boogie Coffee and doughnuts are ready

    This wind sock, inflated early this morning, has flailing arms and an ambiguous smile on its face. Creede hasn't awoken yet, but June, the lady who lives in her parked Tiny House and sells food from her trailer cafe, is cooking already, at eight in the...

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Haiti Made in the neighborhood

Haiti Made in the neighborhood

    Haiti Made is a local countryside Cafe and Gift Shop. If you walk outside the Christianville front gate, past the security man sitting in a chair with an automatic fully loaded weapon by his side, you make a quick right and follow a single winding lane...

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Back to the Market more than enough

Back to the Market more than enough

    The Mogpog market is a place we return each day, more than once,  By lunch most of the fresh products have been sold, fisherman have returned to sleep in their berths after a night on the waters. There are newly slaughtered hogs carried into the...

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