"Be good, do good, live long in peace." --DJ

 

This website is dedicated to the millions of Boricuas in U.S.A. who know little about their culture.
 

  

Don Jíbaro's Daughter:

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

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.
 
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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!... READ MORE

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 Jíbaros.com
About This Website

by Don Jibaro

Someone told me once: "I've had a perfectly wonderful time, but this wasn't it." —Groucho Marx


Some time ago, I was playing guitar in a restaurant in Los Angeles, where I met an intelligent young Puerto Rican man who, was we sipped some espressos, told me about his struggles with the duality of the ethnicity of Puerto Ricans in the United States. By the inflections of his speech, I understood that to be "what you appear to be" to society and "what you are in reality" were to different things. From then on, I kept seeing the phenomenon of identity as a virtual necessity to express that 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'.
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"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...
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"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...
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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

 

 

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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Wanda Benvenutti. . .  Why Do You Want to Know About Her
Don Jíbaro's Note:
Wanda Benvenutti came to California a while back looking to see where the Boricuas were hiding... She found me and explained to me the remarkable quest she'd engaged upon. Looking for Puerto Rican communities throughout the USA and find what was different about them... That is, if the was anything to be different about them. It's been a few years now... This is an update of her remarkable quest

READ WANDA 
wanda.htm

The Art of  Pleasing Others
Oh, I've gotten Hell on Earth for voicing my opinion here and there... Sometimes 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

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 !!!

The Dangers of Anger
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.
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Finally, Love Explained
by Don Jibaro

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


HOW NOT 2 GET BEAT UP by POLICE
by Chris Rock:

"If the police stops you, for whatever reason,
SHUT your mouth and follow their instructions."

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 Healing 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 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


Love yourself... just in case nobody does.


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

Don Jíbaro’s Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows System Key Combination Tips
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

How to Understand The Bible
A Comprehensive yet Simple Approach to Bible Study
by Don Jibaro

These guidelines are designed both for the new Christian and the teacher who will be giving the lessons, in other words the Disciple and the Discipler. The Scripture references must be read out loud to aid in the pronunciation and absorption of the Bible truth disclosed therein. Also as a mnemonic device, these basic lessons will help you to memorize Scripture.

The Discipler or teacher should know the Bible verses by heart and must have sound “hermeneutics” or a correct interpretation for each one of them. This is imperative to avoid a chain reaction of biblical heresy that will be passed on and on. Incidentally, that's how para-religious groups and cults are born: a misinterpreted Bible truth is taught and passed on. Each time, like a snowball, it gets bigger and bigger, collecting a variation as it gets passed on. In this fashion a term like "gospel" may end up meaning Country and Western music. So, to get a correct interpretation, three valuable key concepts must be taken into consideration: READ MORE

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

Bingo The Dog Plays The Drums
 

Who in The World 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
 
 
The Empty Bed
A few years ago I was playing my guitar at home. I came upon this old tango my Dad used to quote... La Cama Vacía" (The Empty Bed). I remembered the lyrics and went on to sing it as I played. Half way through the song I began to weep. I didn't stop playing, and my singing became a cry of sadness.
With tears in my eyes, I stopped! The words were too sad, so sad that I had the image flashing in my head while my heart was pounding in my chest. I was "living" the story... the empty bed... I was so brokenhearted that I had to translate this tango into English and share it in my website. The sadness lies in "the fallacy of friendship" and the fact that the words of the song are so true... so moving that you can't avoid "living" the story.  DJ  READ MORE

Bitterness and Resentment
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

You Definitely Gotta See this: LOS PERROS

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 Biggest Cuatro in the World
(video is in Spanish)
  


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This is the Bottom Line

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

 

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