in Mexico Frances, after a successful missionary quest
in Cuba in 2009, has embarked in a new endeavor: Mexico,
where she's teaching deaf and mute children.
Here's her story: "At the age of 18, while listening to a missionary speak
at a youth camp, God touched my heart and opened my eyes to
a broken world that needed to experience His transforming
love. At that moment, I knew I wanted to "travel the world
for Jesus" and the mission field would be my goal. It would
be at age 30 where I would be spiritually mature enough to
take that first step of faith towards making it a lifestyle.
Little did I realize that I have been taking steps of faith
throughout my life preparing me for this moment. I believe
this is an act of obedience to the Lord and a huge leap of
faith to pursue such an opportunity. READ MORE
About This Website
by Don Jibaro
Someone told me once: "I've had a perfectly wonderful time, but this
wasn't it." —Groucho Marx
Some time ago, I was playing guitar in a restaurant in Los Angeles,
where I met an intelligent young Puerto Rican man who, was we sipped
some espressos, told me about his struggles with the duality of the
ethnicity of Puerto Ricans in the United States. By the inflections
of his speech, I understood that to be "what you appear to be" to
society and "what you are in reality" were to different
things. From then on, I kept seeing
the phenomenon of identity as a virtual necessity to express that
As part of the Diáspora, we take the Christmas, Easter and most
holiday seasons too deep to heart. That's good. Our rich cultural
traditions dominate the essence of our thinking... a cuatro...
guiros... pasteles... La Plaza del Recreo...!!! Ah... We can't help
but to have a couple of "pasteles" and maybe a cup of "coquito" in
the back of our minds. Unfortunately, after January, all seems to
Like other ethnic groups, we, as Hispanic immigrants into the
U.S.A., rely on that identity to establish our position in today's
society. It's vital for us to accept it, since the world urges us to
recognize ourselves as it recognizes us, not as we really are or
anything else.READ MORE
The Affair Phone Rings.....
“Hello?”, “Hi honey. This is Daddy. Is Mommy near the phone?”
“No Daddy. She’s upstairs in the bedroom with Uncle Paul.”
After a brief pause, Daddy says, “But honey, you haven’t got an Uncle Paul.”
“Oh yes I do, and he’s upstairs in the room with Mommy, right now.”
Brief Pause. “Uh, okay then, this is what I want you to do. Put the phone down
on the table, run upstairs and knock on the bedroom door and shout to Mommy that
Daddy’s car just pulled into the driveway.”
“Okay Daddy, just a minute.”
A few minutes later the little girl comes back to the phone. “I did it Daddy.”
“And what happened honey?” he asked.
“Well, Mommy got all scared, jumped out of bed with no clothes on and ran around
screaming. Then she tripped over the rug, hit her head on the dresser and now
she isn’t moving at all!” “Oh my God!!!
What about your Uncle Paul?” “He jumped out of the bed with no clothes on, too.
He was all scared and he jumped out of the back window and into the swimming
pool. But I guess he didn’t know that you took out the water last week to clean
it. He hit the bottom of the pool and I think he’s dead.”
Then Daddy says,
But... We don't have a swimming pool !!!
…. WAIT! Is this 555-5731?”
The Search The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not
phoned in sick one day. Needing to have an urgent problem with one of the main
computers resolved, he dialed the employee’s home phone number and was greeted
with a child’s whisper. ‘Hello ?’
‘Is your daddy home?’ he asked.
‘Yes,’ whispered the small voice.
May I talk with him?’
The child whispered, ‘No .’
Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, ‘Is your Mommy
‘May I talk with her?’ Again the small voice whispered, ‘No’
Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked,
‘Is anybody else there?’
‘Yes,’ whispered the child, ‘a policeman.’
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked, ‘May
I speak with the policeman?’
‘No, he’s busy,’ whispered the child.
‘Busy doing what?’
‘Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman,’ came the whispered answer.
Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background through the
earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, ‘What is that noise?’
‘A helicopter’ answered the whispering voice.
‘What is going on there?’ demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.
Again, whispering, the child answered,
‘The search team just landed a helicopter’
Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, ‘What are they
Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle…
by Don Jíbaro Cinco Siglos
About 14 yrs ago I visited La Universidad de Puerto
Rico. At their bookstore I asked for the BEST book in
Puerto Rican history they had. "Cinco Siglos de
Historia" in Spanish, by Francisco Scarano from Fajardo
now teaching at the Univ. of Wiconsin-Madison)...I own it... I READ IT, loved it,
now my brother in law
asks me "What's good in PR Hist? "DON'T LET THE PRICE FOOL YOU, there's none
BETTER, in real Academic SPANISH" Read for yourself
The Cultural Quest for Identity is an incredible phenomenon.
It has been the theme of countless works of science, art and
literature. One's personal identity can be manifested in any
part of the world. All you need is behavior. You are who you
are no matter where you stand. We are Boricuas when we
behave like Boricuas; otherwise we're John Does. Some live
at home and some live abroad. Some behave, some don't...
but, what makes one a Boricua?
The answer to that question is so deep that I'd need to
write a book to convey the many aspects of the human
character that makes us who we are. Suffice it to say that
the right to be Boricua can't be imputed by others nor
monopolized by those how feel they have studied more or
display more of the traits that would characterize a Puerto
Identity is a state of mind in where there's an urge to
manifest one's origins. That urge is prompted by many
sociological and psychological factors... the most common is
being absent from the Island surrounded by different types
of peers from all parts of the globe. Another factor lies
deep beneath the personality traits we show. It is simply
the fact that we've been a colony, a protectorate, a
territorial possession , et al... for over 500 years. Did
you hear that? FIVE HUNDRED YEARS!!! More than any other
land in the world. MORE
correctness or political correctitude (adjectivally, politically
correct; both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is an attitude or
policy of being careful not to offend or upset any group of people
in society who are believed to have a disadvantage.
and I know that every one passionately strives to be "cool,
avant-garde, and, of course, politically correct." You can hardly
say anything to anyone anymore, because they might get "offended" if
a tiny speck of boo-boo falls in their politically correct 'botella
de lechita'... or better said, "lacteous nourishment container."
How about "homeless" becoming —"outdoor urban dwellers"?
Hearest thou an Amén?
Nowadays, children hit and disrespect their parents and you
can't spank 'em anymore, cuz they lock you up! Prisoners now sue
their victims... and as my Tio Genaro used to say "Birds shoot back
at the shotguns." Gasp!! I know no' mo'.
"It's better to have loved. Period."
Who Dat Man?
by Les Rivera
One of his quotes from jibaros.com reads: “A Puerto Rican shall not be
to describe Don Jibaro as anything less than
riveting would be an understatement of his own
Don Jibaro is the owner/operator
of some of the world’s busiest Puerto Rican websites,
Over the years, Orlando (his real name) has also left a
legacy of volunteer work in the Los Angeles area... Read Here
HOLD ALT and enter codes in the number
pad right of keyboard, then release ALT (sorry, it only works with the number pad)
"It's better dry bread in peace, than a
feast in a house full of fighting." Prov.17:1
Why Are We So Tired? Research by Don Jibaro tired (tīr'd) adj. — in need of sleep or rest; weary. FATIGUED, exhausted,
worn out, weary, fatigued, dog-tired, dead beat, bone-tired, ready to drop,
drained, zonked, wasted, enervated, jaded;
Have you ever noticed that you are just so tired and do not
know why? Medical Fatigue is not tiredness caused by running a mile or two.
Fatigue (exhaustion, tiredness, lethargy, etc.) is a subjective feeling of
tiredness which is distinct from weakness, and has a gradual onset. Unlike
weakness, fatigue can be alleviated by periods of rest.
Physical fatigue is the inability of a muscle to maintain
optimal physical performance, and is made more severe by intense physical
exercise. Mental fatigue is a transient decrease in maximal cognitive
performance resulting from prolonged periods of cognitive activity like A LOT
of UNNECESSARY THINKING. It can manifest as somnolence, lethargy, or
attention fatigue and system collapse.
of Spanish names
All our Hispanic names come from Spain; different regions where families ruled
towns or haciendas. If you live in Hacienda Rosa you'd be Fulano De La Rosa...
and so on... Spanish surnames developed from four major sources:
Patronymic & Matronymic Surnames - Based on a parent's first name, this
category of surnames includes some of the most common Hispanic surnames. These
Hispanic surnames originated as a way to distinguish between men bearing the
same given name by specifying the name of their father or mother. Grammatically,
Spanish surnames may sometimes be an unchanged form of the father's given name,
with the difference in pronunciation. However, Spanish patronymic surnames were
most often formed by adding suffixes meaning "son of, such as -es, -as, -is, or
-os (common to Portuguese surnames) or an -ez, -az, -is, or -oz (common to
Castilian or Spanish surnames) to the end of the father's name. (Leon Alvarez -
Leon son of Alvaro).
Geographical Surnames - Another common type of Hispanic last name,
Spanish geographical surnames are often derived from the location of the
homestead from which the first bearer and his family came from or resided in
(Ricardo de Lugo - Ricardo from the town of Lugo). Medina and Ortega are common
geographical Hispanic surnames, as there are quite a few towns in the Spanish
speaking world bearing these names. Some Spanish geographic surnames refer to
landscape features, such as Vega, meaning "meadow," and Mendoza, meaning "cold
mountain," from mendi (mountain) and (h)otz (cold) + a. Some Spanish geographic
surnames also feature the suffix de, meaning "from" or "of" (Desoto - of soto,
of "the grove").
Occupational Surnames - these Hispanic last names are based on the
person's job or trade (Roderick Guerrero - Roderick the warrior or soldier).
Descriptive Surnames - Based on a unique quality or physical feature of
the individual, these surnames often developed from nicknames or pet names (Juan
Delgado - John the thin) or Chucho El Roto (Chucho The Broken)
We must stop perpetuating gossip, half-truths and
detrimental bitterness just because we
Never be bitter about the things you deserved
but didn't get, but be grateful for what you got
that you didn't deserve.
Never fear your critics... They're just people who
boast themselves of being hard to please
because nobody tries to please them.
"Therefore let us not judge one another anymore,
but rather determine this-- not to put an obstacle
or a stumbling block in a brother's way." Rom 14:13
Don't answer some fool according to his foolishness,
or you'll be just as foolish as he is. —Proverbs 26:4
"So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails
to do it, for him it is a transgression." James 4:17
"Everyone has two opinions: The one they really believe in and
the one they want
the world to think they believe; and they seldom merge into one."
Love yourself... just in case nobody does.
Don't spread rumors, good or bad;
instead SPREAD Love and Kindness
HOW TO SPEAK AMERICANO III Dept.
¿Dumb Oxymorons? Edited by Don Jibaro
Along with the Spanish, I studied proper English and it's
literature in the schools of Puerto Rico from 1952 to 1964.
My teachers made shure that the phonetics and dictions were
However when I came to USA in 1973, I found that English was
spoken much different to the stuff I had learned. They had
stuff called "SLANG that could be used to fit on any
lirterary exchange. But that's another story. Behold! I now
bring you the American Oximoron, a set of words dedicated to
and spoken by the idiots that roam the land...
Gospel of Luke, chapter 17, tell us that Jesus passed through a village
where ten lepers, men with a very serious skin disease, met Him. They stayed
at a distance because they were not allowed to approach anyone who was
healthy. From a distance they called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, master,
have mercy on us!” As He told them to go and show themselves to the Priest,
all ten men were healed, but only one returned to give
thanks. “One of them, when he saw that he had been healed,
The Ponce Massacre of 1937
a police slaughtering over a peaceful civilian march, taking place in 21 March
1937 at 3:15 pm, in Palm Sunday, Ponce, Puerto Rico, that killed 19 people and
wounded over 200 others. It is the largest massacre in Puerto Rican history. The
march had been organized by the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party to commemorate
the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico by the governing Spanish National
Assembly in 1873. The march was also protesting the U.S. government's
imprisonment of the party's leader, Pedro Albizu Campos, on alleged sedition
charges. READ MORE
As an amateur historian, I have no intention of re-writing
history... so please abstain from shooting in this direction
if you happen to disagree with me. I just want to, if you'll
allow me, add a little bit more of light unto the data we
already have. Remember... "a picture is worth a thousand
words." Therefore, memory is worth having, especially for
those of us who weren't there. If you travel to some
areas in Puerto Rico, you might be able to see some traces
of all those years ago. Everything was simple, significant
and impacting. Your Grandma told you about those times.
Caserio en Ponce 1942 --- The first housing
projects were not concrete apartments as became in the 1950s
and 60s, but individual houses with their own outhouses (letrinas)
--- READ MORE
Love yourself... just in case nobody does.
Don't spread rumors, good or bad;
instead SPREAD Love and Kindness
Don Jíbaro’s Keyboard Shortcuts Windows System Key Combination Tips
CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
ALT+F4: Quit program
SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently
Windows Program Key Combinations
CTRL+C: Copy -- CTRL+X: Cut -- CTRL+V: Paste -- CTRL+Z:
CTRL+B: Bold -- CTRL+U: Underline CTRL+I: Italic
How to Understand The Bible
A Comprehensive yet Simple Approach to Bible Study
by Don Jibaro
These guidelines are designed both for the new Christian and
the teacher who will be giving the lessons, in other words the Disciple and
the Discipler. The Scripture references must be read out loud to aid in the
pronunciation and absorption of the Bible truth disclosed therein. Also as a
mnemonic device, these basic lessons will help you to memorize Scripture.
The Discipler or teacher should know the Bible verses by
heart and must have sound “hermeneutics” or a correct interpretation for
each one of them. This is imperative to avoid a chain reaction of biblical
heresy that will be passed on and on. Incidentally, that's how para-religious
groups and cults are born: a misinterpreted Bible truth is taught and passed
on. Each time, like a snowball, it gets bigger and bigger, collecting a
variation as it gets passed on. In this fashion a term like "gospel" may end
up meaning Country and Western music. So, to get a correct interpretation,
three valuable key concepts must be taken into consideration:
LET MY PEOPLE GO TO FLORIDA
The Puerto Rico That Was Not by Don Jibaro Barbablanca
the Internet phenomenon, I have found that most of my
pals of the R&R youth years are still doing well... in
Florida. Although many Puerto Rican rather have the island's
landscape beauty, others feel the economy there is
detrimental for the kind of lifestyle they want. College
grads, policemen, teachers, artists and a slew of other
professionals are seeking Florida. WHAT happened? Is the
local economy THAT bad? Where's the money gone? (Please
don't say the Governor's shoes)
Bingo The Dog Plays The Drums
Who in The World
Was Juan Tizol? The
Puerto Rican Trombonist
Made up Duke Ellington's
of my favorites jazz tunes of all times is "Caravan" but I never knew that the
composer was a Puerto Rican.
Juan Tizol was born in San Juan Puerto Rico on Jan. 22, 1900, started music
lessons early, was trained as a valve trombonist and as a teenager played in the
San Juan Municipal Band. Tizol moved to the U.S. in 1920 and became valve
trombonist in the pit band of the Howard Theatre in Washington DC, was a member
of the Marie Lucas Orchestra, Bobby Lee’s Cottonpickers, and the White Brothers
Band. His big break came in August of 1929 when he
joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra... READ MORE
The Empty Bed
A few years ago I was playing my guitar at
home. I came upon this old tango my Dad used to quote...
La Cama Vacía" (The Empty Bed). I remembered the lyrics
and went on to sing it as I played. Half way
through the song I began to weep. I didn't stop playing,
and my singing became a cry of sadness.
With tears in my
eyes, I stopped! The words were
too sad, so sad that I had the image flashing in my head
while my heart was pounding in my chest. I was "living"
the story... the empty bed... I was so brokenhearted
that I had to translate this tango into English and share it in my
website. The sadness lies in
"the fallacy of friendship" and the fact that the words of
the song are so true... so moving that you can't avoid
"living" the story. DJ READ
by Don Jibaro
Bitterness is the response of anger or hatred toward the perception
of unfairness of wrong done to or FROM people; a word that has
become synonymous with anger and spite; bitterness being on the same
continuum as anger and contempt. The differences are that bitterness
is anger directed toward a perceived higher-status; anger is
directed toward a perceived equal-status; and contempt is anger
directed toward a perceived lower-status individual. "Perceived"
being the catalyst but not the rule (it also means 'understood'). MORE HERE
The Importance of Jesus
Christ by Don Jíbaro Is Jesus Christ really
part of your lives or is He just an Icon at Easter and Christmas?
We "talk the talk" and more often than not, we "walk the
walk." It's consequently and imperative that we get to know that part
of our culture that our ancestors staked the essence of their existence
on... their faith in The Lord Jesus! Yes, Jesus Christ is Lord to at
least 2.35 BILLION humans throughout the world, even respected by those who
don't even know Him. There's no doubt, we distinguish The Lord Jesus from
other "deities". Your know that!...