Growing up we owned one volume of the Enciclopedia de Cultura Puertorriqueña. The thick tome titled "Hombres Ilustres" (Illustrious Men) contained short biographies of all the men who shaped the history of Puerto Rico. From composer Juan Morel Campos to visual artist Jose Campeche; from teacher Rafael Cordero to poet and politician Luis Muñoz Rivera;… Continue reading 5 (+1) Influential Mujeres Who Shaped Me
As a minister you know all too well how intense it is to feel burned out, especially during the High Holy days. You wonder sometimes, is there any way to avoid it? Does it come with the territory? The holidays can be especially stressful for ministers and their families; not only because of the… Continue reading 3 Things Small Church Ministers Can Do (or…Not Do) to Enjoy the Holidays
"Give me a full life, even if you substitute some indgredients in the recipes of the meal served at the feast that is today"
When the prophet goes madher tongue goes looseand no matter whoseear is in the way predictions,curses, wishes and prayersare summoned in one breath of smokeconsuming fire ablaze.When the prophet goes madhe finally speaks his heartbecause his mind cannot keepcloseted truths that are meant to fly.When the prophet goes madthe earth shakes.For the power behind her… Continue reading When the Prophet Goes Mad
Todo esta bienEn el rincón Donde haces tu cieloTu santuario felizDe pazPAZNada la puede turbarNadie la puede robar.No es un lugar geográficoMas bien un modo de serY estar.Es quietud en medio de la revoluciónDe amores, pasiones, y encuentrosSeguridad en medio de caos, incertidumbre, y ataques sin sentido.Sin miedo.Es amar al que nunca te ha queridoSin… Continue reading Todo Esta Bien
For the all the Trayvons of the WorldA call was raisedThrough the channels of alarmTo report suspicion once againThree rings for securityPreserving coveted safetyReporting ResultingSurprise to theSuspected Unexpected Confrontation.A trumpet was blownA long blastA warningResoundingShoutSignaling imminent dangerOf a stranger UnwelcomedFor reasons yet to be justifiedRatified by experience pastthat the enemyis clothed in… · color that… Continue reading The Trumpet/Whistle Blower
The trail of peace Freedom For the Israelites Did not start quietly At the silence of the oppressor Drowned Egyptian death At the other side of the Red Sea. It started there, Just the desert; dry plains that will test Heat and pain Over faith Of a God that promised Milk and honey But… Continue reading The Trailblazer
As friends and colleagues engaged in conversation, dialogue and at times debate on social media over the Zimmerman trial it was obvious perspectives were diverse. While racially speaking some people are of my same opinion that the Trayvon Martin crime is a black and white issue; the complexities of the investigation, trial, outcome, and responses… Continue reading Intro to The Trailblazer, The Trumpet/Whistle Blower, The Prophet and The Voice that Calls in the Wilderness.
Se lo cuento al vientoY el viento se llevólo que quedóDespués de las sublimes cosas que musitasy que mi mente enredada entre las musarañas las recogió en el caminocomo flores para el envase de recuerdos que me dejó abuela sobre la coqueta.Se ven lindas,pero provocan ira.Se la cuento al vientoLa historia de mis heridasY el eco de… Continue reading Se lo Canto al Viento
i'm a melting icicle giving away all of me pouring my waters on heated, and cold, and dry concrete not more solid me. i hardened up after your eyes camped on my ground scrutinizing every detail bump, nook, cranny, fold and dent where was the love when our parallel journeys, thus far, finally crossed? you… Continue reading icicle