"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."
Identity: To Be
or Not To Be
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
Politically Correct? Political
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
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 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)
is oftentimes bringing us more chaos than order. It is now
fashionable to claim different ethnic roots. However, many are
trying to define racial and ethnic groups without stepping into each
others toes… a task that is becoming more difficult each time. As
Puerto Ricans we are, of course, included in a whirlpool of
confusion and struggle in a psychological hand-to-hand combat with
Everybody wants to have a somewhat aristocratic quality or flavor
relating to their own gentry and no one desires to be identified by
vulgarity or rudeness… However, maintaining or striving to maintain
the appearance of superior or middle-class social status or
respectability requires hard work as individuals as well as a
This work must be devoid of false delicacy, prudery, or affectation.
It's so true that, while none no one wants to be classified as a
phony, not too many care to abstain from behaving or doing the
things that automatically will make you one... like promising
something and not delivering it.
We have learned that the greater proportion of the members of an
ethnic group of people determines the group’s character. This tends
to preserve ithe basic form of civilization and customs, arts and
crafts, legends, traditions, and superstitions from generation to
generation. Thus, we pass on what and who we are.
"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.
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
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. ¿Didn't she?
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
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
Love yourself... just in case nobody does.
Don't spread rumors, good or bad;
instead SPREAD Love and Kindness
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
We must stop perpetuating gossip, half-truths and
detrimental bitterness just because we
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". 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
HOW NOT 2 GET BEAT UP by POLICE:
If the police stops you, for whatever reason,
SHUT your mouth and follow their instructions
two pounds boneless lean pork meat
six tablespoons sour orange juice.
In a pilón, crush and mix:
4 sweet chili peppers,w/o seeds
2 large cloves garlic, peeled
2 tbsp whole dried oregano
1 tbsp salt
4 fresh culantro leaves
Cut into cubes 1 lb lean cured ham
1 green pepper, seeded]
1 onion, peeled
1 can garbanzos, inc. liquid = 1 cup water
24 green olives, stuffed with pimientos,
11/2 tbsp capers
6 tbsp Achiote
Wash and dry pork meat. Cut into very small cupes. Mix meat with sour orange
juice. Add the crushed chili peppers, garlic, oregano, culantro leaves and salt.
Add also ham, onion and green pepper. In a sauacepan, bring to a boil everything
including garbanzos, and water. Drain the liquid over the meat mixture . Remove
skins from chickpeas and add chickpeas to the meat mixture. Add olives and
capers. Add ingredients all together, mix well, cover and set in refrigerator
until the masa is ready. MORE RECIPES HERE
Never be bitter about the things you deserved
but didn't get, but be grateful for what you got
that you didn't deserve.
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!...
Don't answer some fool according to his foolishness,
or you'll be just as foolish as he is. —Proverbs 26:4
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
You Definitely Gotta See this: LOS
"So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails
to do it, for him it is a transgression." James 4:17
Two of the most remarkable
classical pieces in music history have been converted into
salsa by the genius of Sverre Indris Joner... Wait! This 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
The Biggest Cuatro in the World (video is in Spanish)