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.

Old San Juan Nights

Old San Juan Nights

On a recent vacation to Puerto Rico, we were able to capture some of the deep colors, warmth and charm of Old San Juan at night.  

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