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    "My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” - Ernest Hemingway

    Last words Goodnight my kitten. Who: Ernest Hemingway Note: Spoken to his wife before committing suicide.

    ernest hemingway. This confirms that his mother liked to dress him up in girls clothes. Boys were frequently dressed this way back then. Nothing sissy about it, not when they're babies.

    “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” - Ernest Hemingway

    Ava Gardner, with fan, and Ernest Hemingway. Gardner divorced Sinatra in 1957 and headed to Spain where she began a friendship with writer Ernest Hemingway. While staying with Hemingway at his villa in San Francisco de Paula in Havana, Cuba, Gardner once swam alone with no bathing suit in his pool. After watching her, Hemingway ordered his staff: "The water is not to be emptied." [Wikipedia]

    The drinking got worse after his father shot himself. Ernest went to a doctor in 1937, complaining of stomach pains; liver damage was diagnosed and he was told to give up alcohol. In 1957, his doctor friend AJ Monnier wrote urgently, "My dear Ernie, you must stop drinking alcohol. This is definitely of the utmost importance." But even then, he couldn't stop.

    EH-C00176T Ernest Hemingway in front of his portrait at his home, Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba, circa 1953.

    Cocktail: "Papa Doble" - 4 oz. Bacardi white-label rum | ¼ oz. Luxardo Maraschino 5 | 2 limes, hand squeezed | ½ grapefruit, hand squeezed. Fill an electric blender one-quarter full of shaved or cracked ice. Add all of the ingredients and blend on high until the mixture turns cloudy and light-colored. Strain into a chilled collins glass. From "Hemingway and the Cocktail" at