Barbara Clarke

“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain

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Just 90 Miles Away

Just 90 Miles Away

In 1997, I joined 150 Americans and Canadians to violate the decades-old U.S. embargo of Cuba. My reason for going was to see Cuba’s healthcare delivery system and after working in Miami to satisfy my curiosity about the island just 90 miles away. My trip was...

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The Journey of a Title

The Journey of a Title

This is not about Meghan and Harry – no, not that title kerfuffle. This is about the journey of the title of my forthcoming memoir launching in April 2021. My memoir has had more names than a litter of puppies. It started off with the working title of My Story and...

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Manufacturing Hate

Manufacturing Hate

I just experienced my first ever “book shaming” at a local coffeeshop. After I’d settled in with my latté and muffin, I took a book out of my carry bag. Because it was close quarters, I felt the man next to me shift in his chair to see what I was reading. I admit to...

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Dazzling Data

The rate of literacy refers to the ability to sufficiently read and write. Many factors, such as self-reporting, accessibility and quality of education, contribute to these rates. “From the countries where literacy rates are the highest, we see that proactive public instruction policies and the emphasis on educational spending within government budgets can go a long way in increasing a population’s knowledge base.” *

#1 – Andorra and Finland 100%

#13 –  Cuba 100%

#21 – Russian Federation 100%

#125 – U.S. 86%

*From the World Atlas at

Andorra and Finland


Russion Federation


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