“Live in such a way that no one blames the rest of us nor finds fault with our work.”  —(2 Corinthians 6:3)

 
 
 

My Daughter
Frances and her
Missionary Journey


Frances Writes:"With all the hullabaloo that is my life, I forgot to post a picture of my new student, Marco, who's been here for 5 weeks. He's nine years old from Mexicali. He was new to sign language. I started from scratch in teaching him how to move his hands, basic vocabulary, how to hold a pencil and handle books properly, and how to function in a classroom. He struggles with obeying. So, there are days when he is very good at pushing my buttons.

Here he has just returned from the bathroom. Before he went, I warned him not to take too long & not to wander, which he is prone to do. He brought me a flower. Hard to stay annoyed when he does such a sweet thing." READ STORY

Please support Don Jibaro's daughter, Frances' Missionary work in Mexico.

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 Jíbaros.com
About This Website

by Don Jibaro Orlando


Some time ago, I was playing guitar in a restaurant in Los Angeles, where I met an intelligent young Puerto Rican man who, as 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 ethnicity.

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 fade away.

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.”
***Long Pause***

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 there?’ ‘Yes’
‘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 searching for?’

Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle… ‘ME.’

Identity Today

by Don Jíbaro
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 Rican.

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

¿Are Thou 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.


Y
ou 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'.
Read More
 


"It's better to have loved. Period."



Don J
íbaro:
Who Dat Man?


Interview
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 area...
Read Here


"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. READ MORE


HOW TO SPEAK AMERICANO pt.3
¿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 executed flawlessly.

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...
READ MORE

Origins 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 crave sympathy.

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."  ----Don Jibaro

Love yourself... just in case nobody does.

Don't spread rumors, good or bad; instead SPREAD Love and Kindness

 

 



La Mentira Se Levanta en Puerto Rico
Por Dr. Edgar León
Es una vergüenza increíble que en estos momentos tengamos pueblos de la montaña como Orocovis, Morovis y Adjuntas en la obscuridad total. Es una violación de derechos humanos tengamos el 90% de los ciudadanos de la isla sin energía eléctrica. Que tengamos miles de familias y pueblos sin agua potable a casi tres meses después del huracán.  Continúa aquí



HOW NOT 2 GET BEAT UP by POLICE
"If the police stops you, for whatever reason,
SHUT your mouth and follow their instructions."


The Healing Power of Gratitude
Give Thanks, There's Always Someone Worse Off Than You!

by Don Jíbaro

The 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, came back praising God in a loud voice.” He threw himself at Jesus' feet and THANKED Him.


Remember, he was a Samaritan; one who was looked down upon by the Jews as a half-breed and an idolater. Jesus asked: “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Then Jesus said to him, ‘Rise and go, your faith has made you well.'”  READ about THANKSGIVING



CHEBO'S HEART OF UNBELIEF
When I was a kid our neighbor gave a party and invited the whole barrio (hood). Once at his house, I noticed my friend Chebo was outside by the window, peeking in.

"Come on in, Chebo" I said.
But he said: "No, I wasn't invited."
I replied: "But, the whole neighborhood was invited, come in."

But Chebo insisted: "No, I wasn't invited." So he stayed outside.

Chebo's heart was hardened by the deceifulness of his own heart. He lived a life of jealousy, envy and bitter remorse because he didn't always get what he wanted, but hated those who did.

"See to it that none of you has a wicked heart of unbelief that turns away from a living God." —Hebrews 3:12




Help for Puerto Rico

http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/


The Worst Hurricane to Hit Puerto Rico



SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Never before was the Island hit as hard as this...  Two days after Hurricane Maria flattened this island of 3.5 million people, knocking out all its power and much of its water, the rebuilding of the services and structures needed for people to resume some semblance of ordinary life was lookingmore complicated by the day. See more pictures



DOUBLE TONGUE DEPT.
Spanish: To Speak
or Not To Speak

By Don Jibaro Orlando
As a Hispanic or Latino parent... ¿Am I frustrated, checkmated, forlorn, discontented, discouraged, embittered, flummoxed, irked, resentful, stonewalled, stymied, thwarted and ungratified because my children won't learn Spanish? No! Let me explain...

I once I had a visitor who brought along his daughter so he could play with my daughter while he visited. I noticed that he gave instructions to the child in Spanish, to which the daughter responded in Spanish... She went on to play with my daughter, asking questions about toys. She asked them in perfect English.

My friend asked me if my daughter spoke Spanish and I said no. He then retorted: "Why not?"  READ it HERE



The Pinchos Economy



From Don Jíbaro's Desk:
"I could complain, talk rhetoric and show the virtues of my narcissistic self; but the world is too complicated today to empathize with a just another soul. Instead, I come to encourage you to do good, have mercy and love one another. Show the world that we are not giving up hope and all things beautiful."



About The Puerto Rican Status
by Don Jíbaro Orlando
The Puerto Rican territorial issue has been a debate for decades; still without a feasible solution. So another referendum on the political status of Puerto Rico was held in Puerto Rico on June 11, 2017. The referendum had three options: becoming a state of the United States, independent or maintaining the current territorial free association. Those who voted overwhelmingly chose statehood by 97%; turnout, however, was 23%, a historically low figure. This figure is attributed to a boycott led by the pro-status quo PPD party.  READ REPORT


From DON JIBARO'S DESK:
Because of the failure in the enforcement of laws people are doing whatever they want, rather that what they should. Such lawlessness will backfire and prompt the government. to say "THAT'S IT! --- No more freedom." This will lead us to a totalitarian degraded world where you will have a microchip embedded in your wrist in order to be able to buy, sell or go about your business. So obey the laws of the land.


LET MY PEOPLE GO TO FLORIDA DEPT..
The Puerto Rico That Was Not

by Don Jibaro Barbablanca

ith 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) READ STORY



The irony of this photograph is that you can see this type of carriage in Latin America, specially in Cuba where time stopped for decades.



Antes de brincar el charco
por Dr. Edgar León
Es una pena ver a las familias de Puerto Rico mudarse a los Estados Unidos de Norte América porque en la isla perdieron su trabajo. Muchos pierden la esperanza de encontrar otro trabajo similar al que tenían y se dan cuenta que ya las cosas económicas de la isla son diferentes y la época de la bonanza se fue con Los Panchos.


LEE La historia aquí


Is Vulture Hedge Funds Killing PR?
by Don Jibaro
The continual Exodus of Puerto Rican into the United States has created a fear in the USA investors that basically control the local economy. This is because there will be less people to suck the blood out of. Nevertheless the Island is in bad shape with a multiBILLION debt that doesn't want to go away.

Puerto Rico's, now defaulted,  $72 billion debt crisis is based on the principle of CAUSE and EFFECT. The CAUSE is, of course, the politicians who dress themselves with $1,500 shoes and $3,000 suits. Multiply that by 78 towns with 78 mayors and city councils and you get a lot of political "magician's sleigh of hand" making a lot of promises and fulfilling none of them.
READ MORE



¿Why Worry?
It 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



The Pedro Albizu Campos' Sad Story

Pedro Albizu Campos (September 12, 1891 – April 21, 1965) was a Puerto Rican attorney and politician, and the leading figure in the Puerto Rican independence movement. Gifted in languages, he spoke six; graduating from Harvard Law School with the highest grade point average in his law class, an achievement that earned him the right to give the valedictorian speech at his graduation ceremony.

However, hostility towards his mixed racial heritage would lead to his professors delaying two of his final exams in order to keep him from graduating on time. READ MORE



Puerto Rico 1941... If you traveled through the countryside roads you could stop at these small markets (colmaditos) with zinc walls and signs of the merchandise they sold.


R.I.P. Dave Valentin,
...a Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz flutist who recorded dozens of albums and performed on six continents, died on Wednesday in the Bronx. He was 64.


The cause was complications of a stroke and Parkinson’s disease, said his manager, Richie Bonilla. ABOUT DAVE



READ MORE HERE


How to Understand The Bible
This is still an easier way to learn about the Bible and introduce it to others, done in simple terms.
1. Observation - what the Bible verse says. If a verse says that "they broke bread," you're primarily concerned with the fact that they broke bread, took a piece of bread and broke it, period, whatever that might mean. So, what it says, is actually the words that you read... READ MORE


Ivonne Figueroa...
is one of my inspirations for Internet work concerning Puerto Rico, its culture and its people. She's an internet pioneer with her website about Puerto Rican folklore dating back to 1995...  Both her website and her monthly magazine are dedicated to our descendants, the children of Puerto Ricans, so that they can remember our culture, learn about their roots and history, and be proud to call themselves Boricuas and Puertorriqueños. EL BORICUA, see her work HERE www.elboricua.


Small neighborhood in Puerto Rico
People would just go and "invade" the land owned by the government and create small villages. They were seldom evicted. (click photo to enlarge)
 
The Empty Bed
The Fallacy of Friendship (A fallacy is a belief based on a misconception that leads to an alternate truth.)
...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 the FALLACY

What Love Really Is
by Don Jibaro Orlando
Parenthetically speaking, the love we share with others goes with an invisible clause that makes us believe that such love will be returned or reciprocated. That fallacy makes us vulnerable to be hurt WHEN IT'S NOT. Is it possible then to love and expect next to nothing or not much or very little?

We 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. READ ALL ABOUT IT




e see  over the centuries that flattery, lying, pretending or living on borrowed glory has created a way of life for most people who honestly believe that must not be all that bad.


Puerto Rican HISTORY 101
USA colonists had developed large sugar plantations and "centrales" and had the capital to invest in the Atlantic slave trade, but when the land got dry the plants were closed and the industry move to the Philippines... BESIDES, In comparison to the different states of the United States, Puerto Rico is poorer than Mississippi (the poorest state of the U.S.) with 41% of its population below the poverty line.



FURTHERMORE... Manufacturing sugar in Puerto Rico was no longer profitable by the late 40s. We can argue that local economic policy was responsible for the industry’s demise. In the 1930s and 1940s, the local Puerto Rican government enacted policies to stifle the growth of large cane-farms. As a result, starting in the late 1930s, farm size fell, mechanization of farms essentially ceased, and the Puerto Rican sugar industry’s productivity rapidly declined until the industry collapsed. by the late 50s... SO... DOES THAT LOOK LIKE the profits stayed in the ISLAND?

When I was a kid, Sugar, Tobacco and Coffee were KING and held the industry HIGH up, but by the late 1960s not even the large pharmaceuticals like Eli Lilly could save the local economy. It's colonial pattern... The Puerto Rican debt crisis is an ongoing financial crisis related to the amount of debt owed by the government of Puerto Rico. The island has more than $70 billion USD of outstanding debt, with a debt-to-GDP ratio of about 68%.... IT'S SCARY !!!
MORE on HISTORY


Bitterness and Resentment
Edited by Don Jibaro

Bitterness is the response of anger or hatred toward the perception of unfairness of wrong done to or FROM people; triggered by anger, spite, and contempt directed toward a perceived higher-status; or a perceived equal-status that differs from one's opinion. Contempt plays the part of anger directed toward a perceived lower-status individual who's OK but not as good as one's status.

People who tend to be bitter do so without realizing the damage that it does to self. Imagine having your brain tied in a knot or kicking your foot against a big thorn or an anvil. READ MORE


Don Jíbaro's Daughter:
Missionary in Mexico


DON JIBARO'S NOTE: Frances, after a successful missionary quest in Cuba in 2009, has embarked in a new endeavor: Mexico, where she'll be 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 STORY


Hypocrisy: Do We Hate Phonies?
by Don Jibaro
hyp·o·crite —ˈhipəkrit/ noun
a person who indulges in hypocrisy — synonyms: pretender, dissembler, deceiver, liar, pietist, sanctimonious person, plaster saint;

A simple Definition of hypocrite: a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs Many 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



DROP the  RICAN ACCENT Dept.
To Be Understood in the USA, You Must Kill the Words as You Pronounce Them

In the early 1950s, Puerto Rico had just become an official "Commonwealth" of the U.S.A. and we, as children, learned English as a supplemental way to enrich our horizons. Inasmuch as it was mandatory in public schools, we didn't "need" to learn it, but when we did, we learned the "classic" verbiage. We read "Dick and Jane" ad learned to pronounce the words properly in case we ever needed to come to the States.

"Run, Spot, run." —said Jane
"Run fast, Spot." —said Dick
Well, we came to the States and nobody spoke like that. Everyone spoke... idioms, slang, dialects, lingo, mumbo-jumbo... etc.

Today we kill the words in the English language... which is nothing new. We kill the words differently than our ancestors did. Shakespeare spins within his grave. READ MORE



HOW TO SPEAK AMERICANO III Dept.
What's an Oxymoron?
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 executed flawlessly.

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...

An oxymoron (plural "oxymora")
(noun - not to be confused with Oxymoron (band).) is a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms (e.g. "anarchy rules"). Oxymoron is a Greek term derived from the adjectives oxys ("sharp, keen") and moros ("blunt, dull"). Oxymora are a proper subset of the expressions....
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Glossary of Boricua Cooking Terms
(Thanks to Hector Valera) 
A Caballo
- a folkloric expression that means a plate of rice and beans with a fried egg "mounted" on top.
Aceite con Achiote - annatto oil.
Aceite de Maiz - corn oil
Aceituna - olive. The olive most used in Puerto Rico is the manzanilla, which is a pitted green olive stuffed with pimiento.
Acelga - Swiss chard. Used to make caldo Gallego (Galician Soup)

Acerola - West Indian or Bardados cherry. This fruit is best known for its high vitamin C content. Traditionally it was used to make refresco de acerola, or acerola juice.

Achiote or Achote - annatto seeds.
Achiotera - a container used to store annatto oil with its seeds. The oil is heated every time it is needed so the seeds can release their yellow color.


Arroz y Habichuelas - rice and beans
SEE MORE TERMS



Let Jesus Christ into Your Life
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 grandma knew that! READ MORE


The Amazing Power of Gratitude
There's Always Someone Worse Off Than You!
----by Don Jíbaro
The 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, came... READ MORE


"The proof of the pudding is not merely in the eating,
but in how you feel after you've eaten it."
Don Jibaro



The Flag Of Puerto Rico
The origins of the current flag of Puerto Rico, adopted by the commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952, can be traced to 1868, when the first Puerto Rican flag, "The Revolutionary Flag of Lares", was conceived by Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances and embroidered by the great Mariana "Brazos de Oro" Bracetti. This flag was used in the short-lived Puerto Rican revolt against Spanish rule in the island, known as "El Grito de Lares".  READ MORE



SPAM & EGGS
SPAM - Unwanted Email...
Clogged Bandwidth and the problem with “Cutesies” Special Commentary By Don Jibaro

y friend from Bayamón, Chebo and I no longer share the philosophy of life through email anymore. Now he just sends me "forwards" that he collects from the Internet or that people send to him. What once was a profound exchange of "nuggets of truth" between friends has become a bombardment of "cutesies". Cutesies (cute things) are those snippets that you get forwarded from someone who got it forwarded to him by someone who... well, you get the idea, don't you? READ MORE


My Incredible Tío Genaro
“Yo conozco el Buey Que Faja y La Víbora Que Pica.”  ("I know the bull that charges and the snake that bites.") —by Don Jibaro

The memories of my Uncle Genaro... go back to 1956, when I was eight years old living in El Barrio La Cambija in the town of Bayamón. His name was Genaro Reyes Vázquez and he was blind, but he wasn’t always blind. Before suffering glaucoma, the eye disease that blinded him, my uncle was a picturesque man that knew everyone in town and everyone knew him. He never got married. Instead he traveled about the island of Puerto Rico by bus or “pisicorre pública” (sort of station wagon taxi that many people share in one trip). He loved to go to the town’s “plaza” and watch the old timers play dominó… while holding his chin with one hand, elbow with the other hand and muttering “Mmmm” occasionally. He seldom played, but he knew a lot of “tranques” (blocks).
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The Art of  Pleasing Others
Oh, I've gotten Hell on Earth for voicing my opinion here and there... Someti
mes I feel like I need to buy me a shotgun and shoot the computer.... ...and just go back a notepad and a pencil. But you know, I can't live by myself, I'm too gregarious to not even have a dog that I could boss around... "Mira, apéate del sofá, sato asqueroso..."

Consequently, I compromise... I go to my psychiatrist who teaches me the two arts: the art of conquering misanthropy (no offense) and the art of fitting into an environment I don't like it!!!... My neighbors, they all wanna lock me up. So what do I do? Compromise! That's what I do, yes sir! Compromise is a concept of finding agreement through communication, through a mutual acceptance of terms… yada yada —often involving variations from an original goal or desire… blah blah... and BLAH!
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El Valle de Collores
 Poema de Luis Lloréns Torres
14 de mayo de 1876 — 16 de junio de 1944, Juana Díaz, PR

Cuando salí de Collores, fue en una jaquita baya
por un sendero entre mayas arropás de cundiamores.
Adiós, malezas y flores de la barranca del río,
y mis noches del bohío, y aquella apacible calma,
y los viejos de mi alma, y los hermanitos míos.
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The First Puerto Rican Astronaut
Ralph Acaba will never forget the day his son Joe called to let him know his life had astronomically changed. "He called me at work, so I answered as I used to do, 'Hi, this is Ralph,' and my job title," said the father, who was a private-school administrator. "He said, 'Hi, this is Joe, astronaut.' There are very few things in life that one remembers forever."

Nearly five years after that phone call, the Acaba family is counting the days until Joe's first trip aboard space shuttle Discovery, which is scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 12. He'll be America's first astronaut of Puerto Rican descent.
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¿Why Do We Worry?
by Don Jibaro
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. Meaning? Give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
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ASK DON JIBARO
Dear Jibaro
What does it mean "turn the other cheek"?
Curious

Dear Curious:
FIRST, It's Don Jibaro, oite?... Good question! It certainly doesn't mean that you go around gathering gasnatá handmarks on your face or be a dummy for all to abuse. The spirit of the remark, as stated in Luke 6:29, means that you don't have to pay evil for evil or seek revenge when someone wrongs you. That you can let one slide, or two or maybe three times if necessary. I know that's unusual but is not that difficult to do. I've done it and I still have my whole face.
Don Jibaro


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
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 Ten 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”. READ MORE




Anger=Danger
By DonJibaro
My son and I were at the local market when and we heard a toddler crying loudly in the next aisle. I left my son with the cart and went to see... Well, there was a lady comparing the price of two items AND a 3 or 4 year old boy kicking the shopping cart and screaming "I want that toy, I want that toy NOW !!!"  

I rushed back to my son and said something like: "Somebody is taking over." Of course... I meant the kid over his mom. "That kid will definitely have major issues with self -control when he grows up," --I added. You see, I am not a psychologist by trade but in 61½ years I've had a great deal of anger related experiences; both with family and friends... to the point that I have created a need to understand anger, oppression and even death....
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Breeding Ethnicity
By Mrs. Don Jíbaro
n our house, everyone knows that there is a Puerto Rican father living here. The neighbors know it. The congregation of our church knows that there is a Puerto Rican among them. My relatives know that I am married to a Puerto Rican. Even the people at my job know it! What does that tell you? He is who he is and he’s proud of it. In our house we eat Puerto Rican meals.

There are Puerto Rican flags in the living room along with wood photo plaques of typical country scenes adorning the walls: ceramic coquis, wooden pilones, lace fans and a three by one foot wooden clock in the shape of the island. READ MORE




Pasteles
FILLING
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


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.  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. ¿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


Don't spread rumors, good or bad;
instead SPREAD Love and Kindness

Don Jíbaro’s Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows System Key Combination Tips
F1: Help
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: Undo
CTRL+B: Bold -- CTRL+U: Underline   CTRL+I: Italic MORE HERE







Bingo The Dog Plays The Drums
 




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


One 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
 


You Gotta See this: LOS PERROS


SALSA CLASSICS
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


Beethoven's Fifth


The World's Biggest Cuatro
(video is in Spanish)
  


 

 


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