Puerto Rican Parrots

Puerto Rican Parrots

by J. Michael Meyers National Biological Service The Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata) had shared its habitat with the peaceful Taino Indians for centuries before the arrival of European settlers in the Caribbean. Status and Trends Upon arrival of the Spanish in 1493, the Puerto Rican parrot lived in all major habitats of Puerto Rico […]

Aguadilla Puerto Rico

Aguadilla Puerto Rico

Aguadilla Puerto Rico Nickname: “El Nuevo Jardín del Atlántico”, “La Villa del Ojo de Agua”, “El Pueblo de los Tiburones” Gentilic: “Aguadillanos”   Aguadilla (ah-gwah-DEE-yah), founded in 1775 by Luis de Córdova, is a city located in the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, north of […]

A Puerto Rican Tradition-by Nick D. Gomez

A Puerto Rican Tradition-by Nick D. Gomez

The holidays are always a time of reflection, and as they approach the mind is flooded with warm memories of the past. My ‘hybrid ‘ Mexican, Puerto Rican, and American family always had an interesting fusion of traditions. The Puerto Rican influence of my mother’s family was always more dominate, and that was in part […]

LISTEN TO MY CRIES

LISTEN TO MY CRIES From congress To the prez, My people are in dire need Regardless of what the Lying politician sayz. My people are As good as any other, Wake up and hear my cry My political brother. Dropping from the welfare roles 57% Whites 30% African Americans 7% Latinos 7% this is very […]

Home is Where Mami is

In 1998, my mother was summoned back home by Latin roots that were severed long ago. Home was her birthplace Ponce, Puerto Rico, the birthplace of plena, my grandmother and bis abuelas. In 1958, my mother came to Chicago where she planted new seeds, my two sisters and I. But after toiling for four decades […]

Pelo Malo, Confessions of a Kinky Haired Sister

Pelo Malo, Confessions of a Kinky Haired Sister

by Xenia Ruíz My birth certificate contains a mistake. Where it asks for my parents’ race, “White” is neatly typed. Although my father was the color of vanilla, my mother was dark caramel. Back in the early 1960’s, there was no category for “Hispanic” so Puerto Ricans were recruited into the White category—until someone noticed […]

Rincon, Puerto Rico el Pueblos de Puerto Rico

Rincon, Puerto Rico el Pueblos de Puerto Rico

Rincon, Puerto Rico Nickname: “El Pueblo de los Bellos Atardeceres”, “Los Surfers”, “El Pueblo del “Surfing”” Gentilic: “Rinconeños” Rincón (ring-KON) is a municipality of Puerto Rico founded in 1771 by Luis de Añasco. It is located in the Western Coastal Valley, west of Añasco and Aguada. Rincón is spread over 8 wards and Rincón Pueblo […]

Rincon Faro

Rincon Faro

the Lighthouse in Rincon, Puerto Rico. The lighthouse was not very busy this time of the year. It gets very busy in the Winter with a lot of whale watching going on.