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My Incredible
Tío Genaro


“Yo conozco el Buey Que Faja
y La Víbora Que Pica.”

Everyone has an uncle or member of the extended family that stands out from the rest. Whether it’s the “barrigón” bachelor uncle who drinks a lot of beer or the church going purist aunt who doesn’t shave her legs, we all have one. Well, I have one, too! And if you allow me say it, my uncle Genaro was very special.
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Don Jibaro,
Whodatman?

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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Les Rivera

is a freelance writer, covering New York-Puerto Rico-Cuba

Don Jibaro's Daughter
Frances' Missionary
Trip to Cuba


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

by Raquel M. Vázquez — February 2011 

Don Jibaro's Note:
y 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

 

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Breeding  Boricuanism in USAricans
By Irene Frances. Vázquez

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

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

Book Review by Don Jíbaro
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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  
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  CHRISTMAS MESSAGE DEPT.
Christmas: Looking For The Lost Boricua Diáspora
erhaps you've heard me  declare many times that an Englishman born in the North Pole is not an Eskimo, thus a Puerto Rican is a Puerto Rican no matter where he's at.

Some of us may happen to find ourselves, not only far from the ones we love, but also far away from the Borinquen we love. I don't have to describe the ambiance of the Puerto Rican countryside at Christmas for you to visualize it. You think of it and... pop!... you're there!

That's why, as part of the Puerto Rican Diáspora, we take the Christmas season so deep to heart. Our rich cultural traditions dominate the essence of our thinking... a cuatro... guiros... asaltos... pasteles!!! Ah... We can't help but to have a "pastel with guineitos" and a cup of "coquito" in the back of our minds. Hallelujah!  For many of us, Christmas is a time of reflection in which we come to terms with ourselves and the reality around us. We laugh... we cry. We know the new year will bring a resolution or two, even as we reluctantly entertain them.

TRUE... When Pope Julius I decreed December 25 to be celebrated as the birthday of Jesus in A.D. 353, who would have ever thought that it would become what it is today.
TRUE... When they lit candles on the first Christmas tree in America in 1832, who would have ever thought that the decorations would become as elaborate as they are today.

It is a long time since 1832, longer still from 353, longer still from that dark night brightened by a special star in which Jesus the king was born. Yet, as we approach Christmas again, it gives us yet another opportunity to pause, and in the midst of all the excitement and elaborate decorations and expensive commercialization which surround Christmas today, to consider again the event of Christmas and the person whose birth we celebrate.


According to The Sacred Scriptures Luke 2:1-16; Matthew 2:1-15 Formatted for easy print and family reading. READ STORY

 


—Ejpanglishiao by Don Jibaro—

‘Twas the Night Before Crijmas
y en to'ita la casa,
Not a chango was stirring
—¡Caramba! ¿Qué pasa?
The nenes were tuck’d... away in their camas,
Some in calzoncillos and some in pijamas,

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The Murder of The Innocents

A particularly nasty tyrant. Ruler from 37BC to 4BC of the kingdom of Judea (consisting mostly of Jerusalem and present-day southern Israel, Herod's paranoia about keeping power and his ruthless suppression of dissent earns him a well deserved place alongside the great dictators of history.

Brutal Bastard: Herod killed many of his people. He trusted no one, not even his wives (of which he had ten) or his many sons. One spouse and three of his boys were all executed because he feared they were plotting against him. Any threat of an uprising was put down with brutal and bloody ferocity. Encouraged by his Roman masters, Herod believed in singling out individuals for public execution as well as the mass slaughter of opponents.

But his most brutal act of genocide - the so-called Murder of the Innocents, recorded in St Matthew's Gospel - was to order the killing of every single male child under two in his kingdom in an effort to destroy the infant Jesus, lest he grow into another threat to Herod's rule. It has inspired some of the most lurid scenes in recent Hollywood biblical epics, with Herod's soldiers beating out the brains of babies and running others through with their swords. Simply being a member of Herod's family did not guarantee safety.

He married Mariamne, a princess of the deposed Hasmonean royal family...
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USE at YOUR OWN DISCRETION DEPT.

LECHON ASAO a la vara SEE RECIPE HERE

GRACIAS DEPT.
The Healing Power of Gratefulness
or Give Thanks, There's Always Someone Worse Off Than You!

by Don Jíbaro

he 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.'”
So, what's the point? Why give thanks? READ MORE

Don Jíbaro’s Recipe
for Roasted Turkey

(NOTE: This is not El PAVOCHÓN menta'o...
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 manner!


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The Issue of Boricua Politics
By Don Jibaro Orlando
here 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..." Yeah, right! READ MORE on POLITICS

Roots 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”. READ MORE

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

Politically Correctness...
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 community.

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 PERROS

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 them... 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. READ MORE

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

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


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


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

The Knowing 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! ►Read More

Is Happiness For Real?
Edited by Don Jibaro

appiness 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 sources.

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. 
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LET MY PEOPLE GO TO FLORIDA DEPT..
Puerto 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 interdependent. WoW!

Air in G -  Air Bach

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

Hypocrisy: 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 - forgery

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

 

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. READ LOVE



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us nor  finds fault with our work.” --(2 Corinthians 6:3)

 

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