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...

August 1, 2018

The sins of the father are visited on his children.

It's pretty heavy stuff to think about. It could simply mean the pain in the family is passed on from one generation to another. So, if you grow up in a family that's dysfunctional, like most of us, it's easy to imagine this being true. 

The question is, how do you brea...

July 26, 2018

                                              QUESTIONS

   1. What can you tell us about your new release, SONG OF THE BORICUA?

The book is set in Puerto Rico following three generations of women. There’s El...

July 22, 2018

My love of reading began when my mama would read to us every night. She wanted us to be educated and literate, so we could assimilate into the culture of the United States. Both my parents were born in Puerto Rico. My mom came to the U.S. at 4 and my dad at 14.

She would read us stories from Hans Christia...

July 17, 2018

Living in New York in the 1970’s, it was hard not to hear the radio playing music everywhere I walked. On my way to my grandmother's house, I would hear Spanish music, especially Nuyorican Salsa.

New York salsa is a blend of Latin hustle and disco mixed with Cuban influences. In the 1940’s and 1950's, Cuba was a big influenc...

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