A Short Vacation to Puerto Rico

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I just returned from a short visit to my native island of Puerto Rico.  I was accompanying my husband who was there conducting  a number of meetings and I was going to help by being his interpreter (of course, that wasn’t the only reason I tagged along)  My parents sold my sisters and my, childhood home three years ago and moved to Washington D.C. with my oldest sister.  Recently, they …

Momisms Toolkit

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  My sister Lourdes Morales sent me these “Momisms” to share with you all: Mom-ism (noun) – excessive protection; over shielding We’ve all experienced the power of the ancient method of communication called… Momism! We’ve heard our mom use it, and we are probably using it ourselves.  Even though there are many, I am just including 20 for our toolkit.

Java or Chi? Take Your Pick!

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For centuries coffee and tea have delighted social circles all over the world. According to Wikipedia, Coffee was first consumed in the 9th century, when it was discovered in the highlands of Ethiopia. From there, it spread to Egypt and Yemen, and by the 15th century had reached Armenia, Persia, Turkey, and northern Africa. Then it spread to Italy, and …

Iced Rose Tea

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Here is a great recipe for Iced Rose Tea from The book of Afternoon Tea by Lesley Mackley: 45g (1 ½ oz) Ceylon breakfast tea 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 ½ cups) lukewarm water Sugar, to taste Few drops rosewater, to taste 12 ice cubes 6 sprigs of mint Fresh rose petals Put tea in a bowl; pour over warm …

About My Dad

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As I was cleaning the kitchen after my parents left to go back home, I saw my dad’s deck of cards (he loves to play solitaire) on a side table I have in the kitchen. He must have forgotten to pack them. As I was about to put them away, I stopped myself. I felt such an overwhelming nostalgic feeling …

Living Captured

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We were two hours into our well-deserved family vacation en route to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee where we had rented a cabin for a couple of days. It had been two years since the last time we had taken a family vacation and with one of our boys gone to Germany for holiday; the remaining three of us didn’t …

Let’s Talk About Distractions

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Some years ago I wrote a little poem about distractions.  At the time I was in the middle of a very busy and stressful schedule and felt I was going to lose my mind.  Instead of lashing out at those around me out of frustration, I put my thoughts to ink and paper. 


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Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines shortcut as: a method or means of doing something more directly and quickly than and often not so thoroughly as by ordinary procedure. I was driving on my way to work a few days back with a world of thoughts running through my mind. There was enough traffic to make anyone annoyed and grumpy. However, the …

To Be a Part of Something Great

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When I was a teenager in high school, I remember wanting desperately to be a part of the school choir. I knew I could try out if I wanted to, but because I was still learning to speak English, I felt I didn’t stand a chance. It was during my senior year that something amazing happened to me. I went to the …