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We call each other Boricuas but others don't call us that... they call us Puertorriqueños. I believe the Taino blood has been so diluted thru the centuries that it is hard to tell by inherent (not adopted) behavior.

50 Verses for
Inner Peace

¿What? ¿Me Worry?
t has been said that there are two days that people worry most about but should actually worry least about: Yesterday and Tomorrow. We worry about yesterday - the mistakes we've made and what we would like to do over or differently. Yet, there is nothing we can do to change yesterday. Our worries are wasted. We also worry about tomorrow - the problems it may bring and the challenge we may face. Yet, we cannot control tomorrow. It is out of our grasp. So again, our worries are wasted. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." —Matthew 6:34  READ MORE

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The Black Eye!

by Don Jíbaro Wackytee

The Black Eye Syndrome is simple.... Say, you have an uncle who's in jail for burglary, that's a "black eye" to the family. You have a sister who wears red and works the street corners... that's a "black eye" to the family. If any of the above is caught on T.V., Radio or Newspapers... that's a BIG "black eye" to the family. If they're on the Internet, that's a HUGE "black eye". Get the idea?" READ EYE

Don Jibaro's Daughter

Frances' Missionary
Trip to Cuba

(Update by Don Jíbaro)
When my daughter Frances told me that she was going to be part of  a Missionary Trip to Cuba, I though of the sinister dangers and urban legends that has turned Cuba into the "don't go there" place. The case of the Cuban people is a most impacting one... as we have all seen and read what goes on there... how the arrogant pride of the affluent Executive leadership keep the populace virtually in squalor poverty. Enter Frances' Team from the Light and Life church of Downey, California...




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YOU KNOW You're Puerto Rican IF...
You have been spanked with "chancletas"
You know your mom is sneaking up on you cause you can hear her "chancletas" flapping on the linoleum floor.
Your mother yells at the top of her lungs to summon you to dinner and you only live in a one bedroom apartment.
You have ever called linoleum floor a "rug"
You can get to your house blindfolded by the smell of the "chuletas"
You say "Vamo' pa' encima" instead of "Let's get started"
You get scared whenever someone mentions "el CUUUCO"!!!
You remember every Christmas those "aguinaldos" that abuela used to sing for you.


Analysis of the Conga Drum
Purloined by Don Jibaro
The conga is a tall, narrow, single-headed Cuban drum of African origin, probably derived from the Congolese Makuta drums or Sikulu drums commonly played in Mbanza Ngungu, Congo. A person who plays conga is called a "conguero".  Although ultimately derived from African drums made from hollowed logs, the Cuban conga is staved, like a barrel. These drums were probably made from salvaged barrels originally. They were used both in Afro-Caribbean... religious music and as the principal instrument in Rumba. Congas are now very common in Latin music, including salsa music, as well as many other forms of American popular music. READ MORE


Les Rivera

is a freelance writer, covering New York-Puerto Rico-Cuba style salsa/mambo music, and the sport of boxing.

Who Is Don Jibaro?
by Les Rivera

One of his quotes from jibaros.com reads: “A Puerto Rican shall not be boring.” so, to describe Don Jibaro as anything less than riveting would be an understatement of his own philosophy. 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 community. Among those... READ MORE


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Cinco Siglos
de Historia

Book Review by Don Jíbaro
About 10 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" inSpanish, 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?"  --- HEY, DON'T LET THE PRICE FOOL YOU,there's none BETTER, in real Academic SPANISH" Read for yourself  


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Arecibo Observatory operational after repairs to fix earthquake damage
Early in the morning on January 13, 2014, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck beneath the Atlantic Ocean north of Puerto Rico, damaging Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope. The telescope is now operational after repairs and scientists have resumed observations. However, the future of Arecibo Observatory remains unclear due to funding uncertainties in the federal budget.

Earthquakes are common near Puerto Rico due to the island’s proximity to a large ocean trench. Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope at 305 meters across (1,000 feet), is situated in the hilly terrain in the central portion of the island. The day following the earthquake one of the 18 main suspension cables—supporting the 900-ton telescope platform hanging 150 meters (500 feet) above the aluminum dish—was found to be damaged. These support cables are hundreds of meters long and larger around than my arm. Three towers surround the 18-acre telescope dish and the telescope platform hangs at the center, suspended on these cables between the towers.

Hanging in the high-humidity environment of Puerto Rico for over 50 years is one thing, and getting damaged by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake is another, but this cable in particular was already in a bad way: when the observatory was constructed in the 1960s, this cable arrived too short. The end was encased in zinc and spliced to another cable section, making this portion of the structure relatively rigid. When the earthquake hit, the cable began to unravel.

When the structural integrity of your observatory is compromised, you stop all operations and verify the safety of all structures on site. Ammann & Whitney, Arecibo Observatory’s civil engineers, came to assess damage to the cable and the rest of the site. The Visitors Center and the scientific offices were deemed safe, but until the cable was repaired, no one could go under the telescope, around the telescope, or up to the telescope platform. If the cable were to fail, analyses indicated that the failure could be potentially damaging to the telescope structures as well as any people unlucky enough to be near it. To go anywhere near the telescope, employees needed signed permission from the observatory director. Non-essential maintenance work ceased, pausing projects such as ionosphere study facility construction and regular maintenance to the planetary radar system.

But the job is done and we can now go a take a journey to the stars...

Ask Don Jibaro Anything
Dear Mr. Jibaro:
Why is it that the most ladies bathrooms have a couch and a little vanity and some even have chairs and flowers and nice stuff, while in men's bathrooms all we have is a hole in the wall and maybe some soap and water? Isn't this reverse discrimination? I scream foul!

Dear Regusted:
You can scream until you're blue in the face and that won't change things. Don't you know? Men are pigs! Women are swans. At least THAT'S THE STEREOTYPE. After all, unfortunately, we all go by stereotypes. But seriously, the reason the gals have the couch, etc. is mainly to have a place to lay down for "ladies who are expecting," y'now... the "p" word, in case of fainting or emergency delivery, etc. The guys all they need is a hole in the wall and maybe some soap and water. By the way... the name is Don... Don Jibaro and don't you forget it !!!
►ask Qs here donjibaro@gmail.com


1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. 

Some people are complaining that the movie "NOAH" is not faithful to the Bible.... ¿Hello? --- IT'S HOLLYWOOD, people!!... Movies are never faithful to the books they were taken from, hence... READ THE BOOK ! -- I copied Noah's story from the Bible and put it here for U2 read.


The phrase "easy does it" is an idiom... which means it is not meant to be taken literally but has a commonly understood meaning instead. When a person says easy does it, he usually means accomplishing something in a calm, smooth, slow manner. The phrase also means avoiding hard or jerky movements. For example, if a person needs to lift and carry something of great value that could easily break if he is not careful, he might say, "Easy does it," in an effort to remind himself or others to be very careful in moving it.

Often, people use words and phrases to mean something other than their literal meanings. This is often done in order to make spoken words more interesting or colorful. This type of speech, however, is also used because it becomes a common way of expressing something. The idioms that are commonly used tend to vary from country to country and even by different regions within a particular country. In some countries, such as the United States, the idiom "easy does it" is commonly used to mean slowly and carefully.

When an individual is trying to understand the meaning of the phrase "easy does it," he may have the best luck if he considers an example. For instance, this phrase might be used in a situation in which a person is supervising the moving of a very tall and elaborate wedding cake. In such a case, he may use the phrase to advise those moving the cake to use slow and careful movements as opposed to fast, hard, or jarring movements that could lead to the ruining of the cake.

A person may also use this phrase when he is talking about the movements of a person. For example, if a person must climb a steep hill or a ladder on which he could injure himself, an individual who is helping him with the climb or even just observing may say, "Easy does it." In this case, the person who uses the phrase simply means to go slowly and carefully.

Typically, idioms such as easy does it are well accepted in casual speech. For example, they are often used in conversation with friends or family members as well as with coworkers and sometimes business associates. They are generally not used in formal speech, however, unless the speaker is using them in a joking manner. Likewise, they aren't usually used in formal writing.

The Amazing Gospel of Garlic!
To use the word “gospel” is no heresy… after all, the word "gospel" just means “Good News”

by Don Jíbaro Barbablanca
When I was a ten year old child in Puerto Rico sometimes I’d eat dinner at my friend’s house next door, if I happened to be there at dinner time. My friend’s mother cooked the most delicious “arroz y habichuelas colorás” that I had ever tasted. Yummee! That lady could cook! Her rice and beans needed no meat! When I asked her how did she cooked such tasty beans and if I could learn to cook like that, she said her secret was “culantro y ajo” (coriander and garlic) but the main ingredient was garlic.
I was turned on to the marvelous world of Garlic by a passage in the Bible where the Hebrews don’t want to follow Moses anymore after he has given them the Then Commandments. Instead, they want to go back to Egypt where, as slaves, they were kept strong for making bricks for the Pharaoh's pyramids with a diet of “garlic”.

--"We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost... also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!"-- (Numbers 11:5-6)

Even back then, the ancient Egyptians knew that garlic was an incredible health booster. They knew it had something special. The claims of garlic as a miracl herb are not supported by mere scientific evidence, but by people who “been there-done that” READ MORE

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The $3 Billion Dollar Pockets
Analysis by Don Jibaro
Unfortunately, and since Puerto Rico has not been in control of its own Economy, poverty and unbalanced budgets has ruled the lives of the population since the beginning of modern times.

This has led to an Exodus to the Mainland to the point of leaving the Island with virtually NO resources, not even college graduates; graduates being a grand export in the past few years.

You see, American businesses have gone to PR to recruit graduates with the promise of a fair salary and a bright future. This leaves the Island not much professional talent.

The struggling commonwealth of Puerto Rico is offering $3 billion in municipal bonds with yields that range between 8.6 % and 9 % for maturities between 2022 and 2035, according to preliminary price talk circulated to investors Monday. Order-taking for the highly anticipated deal will begin Monday afternoon, and the deal is expected to price on Tuesday.

The sale is a test of whether junk-rated Puerto Rico, which has struggled with persistent budget problems, will be able to finance its operations long enough to enact financial reforms. The commonwealth's debt is widely held in municipal bond mutual funds due to exemption from federal, state, and local taxes. Like Detroit, Puerto Rico has been losing population, which can hamper economic growth and leave a smaller and poorer group of people responsible for repaying the debt.

Doubts about the credibility of Puerto Rico’s general obligation bonds have been growing, especially since Detroit has proposed resolving its bankruptcy by sharply reducing its payments on such bonds. The Puerto Rican secretaries of the treasury and justice have added an unusual provision to their bond resolution, requiring that any legal disputes be settled in federal court in New York, rather than in Puerto Rico.

The provision, described in materials circulated by the Wall Street banks selling the bonds, is meant to reassure investors who believe they would find a more creditor-friendly judge in New York than in Puerto Rico, people briefed on the sale said. The offering circular notes that a New York judge would still have the power to send any bondholder complaints to a Puerto Rican venue if that would be “more suitable on grounds of judicial fairness to the parties involved.”

For all investors’ concerns about Puerto Rico’s liquidity, many say they are heartened by the commonwealth’s success at cutting its pension expenses and reducing its budget shortfalls. Still, Puerto Rico’s financial problems are complex and are not always immediately apparent — the result of multiple debt obligations of many government agencies. Sorting out those complexities will be a delicate task. Nevertheless, PRAYER can always help!

Two of the most remarkable classical pieces in music history have been converted into salsa by the genius of Sverre Indris Joner... Wait! These are the Symphonies like you never heard them before. Pay attention to the syncopation and the relationship between two or more melodies that are independent in contour and rhythm and are harmonically interdependent. WoW!

Air in G -  Air Bach

Beto's Fifth (not Don Q Gold)

We call each other Boricuas but others don't call us that... they call us Puertorriqueños. I believe the Taino blood has been so diluted thru the centuries that it is hard to tell by inherent (not adopted) behavior.

A study funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation years back, shows (averages) that 61 percent of all Puerto Ricans have Amerindian mitochondrial DNA, 27 percent have African and 12 percent Caucasian. (Nuclear DNA, or the genetic material present in a gene's nucleus, is inherited in equal parts from one's father and mother. Mitochondrial DNA is inherited only from one's mother and does not change or blend with other materials over time.)

So we have Taino blood but we don't go around dancing around the fire; We drive SUVs. In our minds we call ourselves Tainos and Boricuas because the HONOR it carries. Borinquen is a POETIC name, not Political. What happened to our Tainos was a tragedy, a cruel and not uncommon tragedy.

Let's live, therefore to lift up the reputation of our culture through GOOD works... The culture that others sadly continue to defile. It's up to US to thrive and bring back the honor. Think about it. HONOR.

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The Ponce Massacre of 1937
was 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.

An investigation by the Hays Commission put the blame squarely on the U.S.-appointed Governor of Puerto Rico, Blanton Winship. Further criticism by members of the U.S. Congress led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to remove Winship in 1939 as governor. Governor Winship was never prosecuted for the massacre. No one under his chain of command - including the police who took part in the event, and admitted to the mass shooting - was ever prosecuted or reprimanded. READ MORE

Puerto Rico National Guard begins cleanup work on Vieques
(JAN 23) FINALLY... A group of 30 experienced Puerto Rico National Guard engineers has launched a cleanup effort focused on areas of ecological and tourist interest on the island of Vieques, which the U.S. Navy used as a bombing range for more than 40 years.

Lt. Col. Ruth Diaz Calderon, spokeswoman for that military force, a component of the U.S. National Guard, told Efe that the group of experts began working Tuesday on the project and that their goal is to establish an eco-tourism project in a 393-hectare (970-acre) area of the island-municipality.

"Our goal is to improve quality of life and help with this project. We want the residents of that island to know that we want to restore its splendor" as a tourist attraction, Diaz said of the small island, located just east of the mainland of the U.S. commonwealth. Brig. Gen. Juan Medina Lamela hailed the cleanup effort, saying that Vieques' residents "deserve the best quality of life" and that the National Guard's support would help restore an area with great eco-tourism potential.

The U.S. Navy used much of Vieques and the nearby island of Culebra as a bombing range for nearly 40 years until May 2003, and it also leased those areas to other countries for their own military live-fire training exercises. The four decades of military maneuvers left munitions debris in waters off the island, an area of great ecological value.

Local groups say the high incidence of diseases and conditions such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and respiratory ailments on Vieques relative to mainland Puerto Rico is attributable to the U.S. military activity. The U.S. Navy, however, says there is a lack of objective studies to link the health problems to the military exercises. EFE

The Arecibo Observatory to Reopen
San Juan, Jan 19 (EFE).- The Arecibo Observatory, located on Puerto Rico's north coast and the site of one of the world's largest radio telescopes, will reopen this week after a review undertaken as a result of the earthquake that hit the northern part of the Caribbean island last week, officials said Sunday.

"What we're inspecting is a cable that suffered some kind of damage. The cable is one of the ones that supports the telescope ... which is very heavy," Carlos Padin, chancellor of the island's Metropolitan University, told Efe.

The radio telescope's facilities were closed last Thursday after inspectors from New York's Ammann & Whitney Bridge Construction, who have been tasked with inspecting the Arecibo observatory site since 1972, took a close look at the facility.

The magnitude-6.4 earthquake occurred at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 13 and its epicenter was located under the ocean 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest of Arecibo and 98 kilometers (61 miles) northwest San Juan.

The observatory is administered by the Metropolitan University, which forms part of the Ana G. Mendez University System, or SUAGM, in conjunction with SRI International and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).

"The inspectors found that the cable did not suffer in any significant way, but as a preventive and safety measure the test will be performed. Tomorrow they will do a test to determine if the the damage is superficial and on Wednesday the observatory will reopen," Padin said, adding that this type of inspection is also conducted after hurricanes hit the island.

With a single curved dish with a diameter of 305 meters (about 1,000 feet), the radio telescope is visited annually by thousands of tourists and its facilities are used by hundreds of scientists, especially on projects connected with planetary astronomy and atmospheric studies.

The radio waves collected by the gigantic dish are captured by 12 antennae that are attached to a 900-ton platform suspended by heavy steel cables some 150 meters (about 500 feet) above the dish.

 Who in The World Was Juan Tizol?
Juan Tizol, The Puerto Rican Trombonist
that Made up Duke Ellington's Band

Duke Ellington - piano, composer - Fred Guy - banjo - Wellman Braud - double bass - Sonny Greer - drums - Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, Freddy Jenkins - trumpets - Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton - trombone, Juan Tizol - valve trombone (behind the bass) - Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard - reeds - Freddie Washington - dancer READ Juan Tizol Story

Is It Possible to be Positive in Anytime?
eeling good and being positive isn’t about saying your affirmations or looking at cute animal pics on the internet for 10 minutes—especially when your intent is to shift your dominant vibration (although that’s certainly a good start). It’s really about what you’re thinking and feeling, how you’re responding to your Now experience in the other 23 hours and 50 minutes of your day. READ MORE



The Importance of Jesus Christ
by Don Jíbaro
Is Jesus Christ really part of our 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 grandma knew that!

So, why do you think that most people do not have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have? Simply it is separation from God. Admit it. your own WICKEDNESS has separated you from God; so much that he won't hear you. The Cross, however, is the one symbol that talks to you. Jesus Christ really died on the Cross and rose from the grave JUST like the Bible says. That might be a mystery to you but the Scriptures are true...

The Empty Bed
or The Fallacy of Friendship

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. ►Read More

"It's better dry bread in peace, than a
feast in a house full of fighting." Prov.17:1

by Don Jibaro

• Pho·ny/fōnē/ Adjective: Not genuine; fraudulent.
Noun: A fraudulent person or thing.
• Synonyms: adjective. phoney - false - spurious - sham - counterfeit - bogus -- noun. phoney - fake - sham - forgery

any Puerto Ricans who are born outside of Puerto Rico get a real thrill when they finally get to visit the island for the first time. It's like "seeing the bride that you've been betrothed to all your life." READ MORE

The history of a country. . .
 is generally written by the conquerors. The "conquered" seldom writes a thing. Many things contribute to the correct and accurate depiction of historical data. Sponsorship by the wealthy was one of the favorite incentives. Such history tends to carry a partial or one-sided view of the facts.

It is, consequently, up to the passionate historian to do his or her own research to verify the facts. This leads to documentation which will totally eradicate any pre-conceived notion acquired during the student's whippersnapper elementary history education. Puerto Rico, more than perhaps any other nation, may fall victim to this phenomenon due to the simple fact that Puerto Rico is the oldest colony in the world today! Over 500 years, compadre! ... Yikes, sez me!

When I was a kid in the 50s, street funerals were common. Hearses were used by the
wealthy. People walked all the way from the Funeral Home to the cemetery, men often
taking turns carrying the coffin. This one is a smaller casket, probably a young person.
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What Is Love?

We all make mistakes and then we HURT inside; pain that we cause ourselves by not knowing how to LOVE one another. YES, not knowing. You might say, "Nonsense".... but what I might not know in practice, I do know in theory. Love is the gracious (unmerited to others) self-giving of ourselves as unselfish human care. NO debate needed. Love is not sex, friendship, nor displays of affection... love is giving without expecting anything in return... and that's not easy, not for you, me or anybody. That's what makes it so volatile and fragile. We expect, we don't get, we get mad and hold grudges because of it. We all have failed to be patient and kind; we all have become jealous, conceited and proud to the point of being ill-mannered, selfish, irritable, and often-times curse at each other. READ LOVE

Breeding  Boricuanism in USAricans
By Irene Frances Vázquez

hen I saw the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, I realized how other cultures can identify with it. A group of people can immigrate to another country and still bring their culture with them, bring up the next generation, their kids to be like them… loving the food, the language and marrying into their own race.

Now, those who’ve seen the movie, know that the parents seemed to overdo their culture by ignoring the ways of the land that they live in or looking at the other ethnic groups in a negative way. The heroine of the movie seemed to look into the American way of life wistfully rather than into her Greek’s family’s. Yet, she recognized and understood the traditions … she spoke the language and ate the food. She knew the folkloric ways that identified them. She marries a non-Greek who embraces her culture, seeing the uniqueness of it and makes it his own. READ MORE


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