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."
One of his quotes from jibaros.com reads: “A Puerto Rican shall not be
to describe Don Jibaro as anything less than
riveting would be an understatement of his own
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.
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
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...
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
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
Never fear your critics... They're just people who boast
themselves of being hard to please because nobody tries to please
"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
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)
- 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
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!
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...
" 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 - 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). READ MORE
The Art of
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! READ DONKEY
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. READ MORE
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. READ STORY
Do We Worry? by Don Jibaro
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
DON JIBARO Dear Jibaro
What does it mean "turn the other cheek"? 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”.
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.... READ MORE
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
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."
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
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.
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
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+B: Bold -- CTRL+U: Underline CTRL+I: Italic
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
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