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
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 MORE Les Rivera
is a freelance writer, covering New York-Puerto
Don Jibaro's Daughter
Trip to Cuba (Update
by Don Jíbaro)
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,
Ode to Daddy
by Raquel M. Vázquez — February 2011
Don Jibaro's Note:
eldest daughter Raquel, a student of the University Of Maryland,
is a very independent person... She's a leader, not a follower;
a strong-willed gal that earns peer respect by who she is; not
by what she appears to be. She has always maintained a certain
degree of admiration for me because she likes our intellectual
exchange. What she wrote below, however, blew my mind to Alpha
Centauri, because how she expressed things I never knew existed.
I am deeply honored to receive this form of mesmerizing
accolade... it's like a Grand Birthday Gift. READ Ode Here
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
de Historia Book Review by Don Jíbaro
About 13 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
Compact at 11" high... ►Buy
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
So, what's the point? Why give thanks?
Don Jíbaro’s Recipe
(NOTE: This is not El PAVOCHÓN
although it seems similar. This is my own Don Jíbaro
style recipe which many people have tasted and loved here in
California) Disclaimer: USE THIS RECIPE in a discretionary
Issue of Boricua Politics By Don Jibaro Orlando
are farmers who get paid not to grow wheat or raise pigs,
politicians ALSO should be paid not to smile or make promises.
Honest Americans and Puerto Ricans alike are fed up with
politics that we see daily, with ineffective, shortsighted,
special-interest-driven policies that are as shallow and empty
as the politicians who make them.
Politics has degenerated to "government to the highest bidder."
In Puerto Rico, is even more deplorable than that! Under our
current system, 90% of the time, the candidate who spends the
most wins. As a result, our elected leaders are those who are
most skilled at raising special interest money. This is the
basic premise for aspiring government leaders, and NOT
traditional sound principles that work. That's not what's bought
and paid for by special interests.
There is an urgent need for foundational reforms in every area
of government: from health care to education, from campaign
finance to defense. These reforms, to me are idealistic because
they are like candy to a kid staring a the untochable goodies
through the store glass window. To the politicians, they are the
basis of their invisible promises... "If I'm elected, I will..."
READ MORE on POLITICS
of Puerto Rico… The Jíbaro! By Les Rivera
“A Puerto Rican shall not be boring! To describe Don
Jíbaro as anything less than riveting would be an
understatement of his own philosophy”.
When I wrote an article on Don Jíbaro a long time ago, I
felt that his comment was perhaps the greatest way to
describe what a Jíbaro was all about. And as far as Don
Jíbaro himself is concerned, he is a native Puerto
Rican, complete with all the humble peasantry and simple
lifestyle, which surrounds someone who lives like a true
Jíbaro! And, for the uninitiated, the term “Don” in
Spanish can be translated as the English “Sir”.
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, in other words, A
LOT of UNNECESSARY THINKING. It can manifest as
somnolence, lethargy, or directed attention fatigue and
system collapse. ► READ MORE ◄
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 our peers.
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.
You Definitely Gotta See this: LOS
Hole In The Tongue Dept
How To Speak
American by Don Jibaro
English! ...Oh the pangs of it. The more I learn about
phonetics and grammar, the more ignorant I feel. WHY?
Simply put the rules change and nobody tells you about
This is an example of the New Age Facebook English:
LOL — Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Love
,!!!! — talk to the hand
S2R — Send To Receive
WWJD — What Would Jesus Do?
WWSD — What Would Satan Do?
*$ — Starbucks
F2F — Face-to-Face
LMHO — Laughing My Head Off
So... To be understood in the USA of the 21st century, you
gotta "kill" the words as you pronounce them. Today's
lingo is not what we boomers learned in school.
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 child. See Photo History
The Incredible Dave Valentín!
DON JIBARO's NOTE: "As a professional musician for over 48 years, I don't get
impressed easily... until I hear Dave. His remarkable talent and mastery of the
instrument just blew me away! Period!"
Oh, the signing of Don Jibaro's cuatro… Dave and Don Jibaro hit it off like
two long lost friends during the signing of the cuatro and Dave Valentin's
autograph is now proudly embedded in the instrument!
"It's better dry bread in peace, than
feast in a house full of fighting." Prov.17:1
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!
Is Happiness For Real? Edited
by Don Jibaro
is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction,
pleasure, or joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and
philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its
While direct measurement of happiness presents challenges, tools such as The
Oxford Happiness Questionnaire have been developed by researchers. Positive
psychology researchers use theoretical models that include describing happiness
as consisting of positive emotions and positive activities, or that describe
three kinds of happiness: pleasure, engagement, and meaning.
LET MY PEOPLE GO
TO FLORIDA DEPT..
Rican Exodus by Don Jíbaro
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? ► READ MORE
TOMATO SALSA DEPT. 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
Air in G - Air
Beto's Fifth (not Don Q Gold)
The Biggest Cuatro in the World (video is in Spanish)
"It's better dry bread in peace, than a feast
in a house
full of fighting." Prov.17:1
Them Phonies 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 -
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."
DJ's GIMME SOME O' DAT
What Love Is Not
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.
“Let's live in such a way that no one blames the rest of
finds fault with our work.” --(2 Corinthians 6:3)