September 26, 2018

This week the governor of Puerto Rico asked once again if Puerto Rico could be considered for statehood. One of the things that stood out in the letter he wrote, to me, was the fact that Puerto Rico is the "oldest colony in the world."

Coming from an abusive marriage, I understand what it feels like to have no voice. I relat...

September 19, 2018

The present struggles on the island of Puerto Rico didn't just begin with the hurricane last September. It's true, Hurricane Maria magnified Puerto Rico's troubles, but if we look at the past history, the issues have been going on for 100s of years.  By looking at the past and the present, we can see how hard it has been fo...

September 13, 2018

I just finished taping, The Kelly Show. I had traveled all the way to Atlanta, to be on a talk show, to talk about my first book, Song of the Boricua.

"Me???" I thought, "On a show???!" I could not believe it. I have come far.

There was a time I believed someone else’s words about me. There was a time I believed that I was...

September 5, 2018

Flying in from Fort Lauderdale, I did not know what to expect when I finally landed in Puerto Rico. CNN had just announced that the new death toll from the devastating 2017 hurricane Maria had risen to 2,975.

I had spent 6 years writing a book about Puerto Rico, a book loosely based on my family history. I had lived and brea...

August 29, 2018

At a certain angle it stands alone, a looming commanding presence in a cerulean blue sea. The wind blows and one can almost see a full mast caravel ship come into view.

This is the feeling I got as I stood on top of Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro). 

In 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico. He originally...

August 26, 2018

Puerto Rico is "La Isla del Encanto," the island of enchantment. Part of the Greater Antilles Islands, lying 1,277 miles north of the equator in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is known for its azure and turquoise green waters, miles and miles of sandy white beaches, vibrant and colorful tropical rain forests, and deliciously ri...

August 22, 2018

Oh, those first few weeks of being in love! The butterflies in the stomach; the wanting to be with each other every moment; the sun kissed days and passionate nights---marriage...and then it happens. Life becomes routine and soon we begin to notice all the little things we chose to ignore. It's not long after that we realiz...

August 15, 2018

Many music legends have Puerto Rican roots. For example, the talented Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical Hamilton and co-composer of the songs for Disney's Moana. There's Jennifer Lopez or Marc Anthony. However, one of the most iconic Puerto Rican legends is Tito Puente.

Born in Spanish Harlem, New York City, he we...

August 11, 2018

Islands are beautiful in that there are so many influences. The island of Puerto Rico has a rich and diverse history.

The Ortoiroid were the first to inhabit the island followed by the Saladoid and the Arawak. The Taino occupied the island when Christopher Columbus came, What followed afterwards was a slew of European nation...

August 8, 2018

"The Mahatma taught us that true power is within us and that freedom must rest first in the soul and will be invincible." - Dr. Pedro Abizu Campos

Dr. Pedro Abizu Campos is one of the great Puerto Rican heroes of the twentieth century, but what is sad is that most people don't even know who he is. I didn't even know about hi...

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