Blogmas Day 21: Enjoying Coquito

Every time the Christmas season rolls around, I get excited about preparing Coquito to bring to parties and gatherings. Coquito is a popular drink from Puerto Rico, a lovely blend of rum and coconut with other items to give extra flavor. From the first time I had Coquito years ago, I enjoyed the flavor andContinue reading “Blogmas Day 21: Enjoying Coquito”

December 12, 2018: Two Months Apart

Last night I spoke to my best friend from Puerto Rico. We shared about how the life paths my cousin and her niece have taken, who were born two months apart, are very different. It’s been 13 years since I last saw her niece, and she’s made a successful life for herself. Had my cousinContinue reading “December 12, 2018: Two Months Apart”

September 3, 2018: Labor Day Heartbreak

Today brought heartbreaking news locally and around the world. In Brazil, a devastating fire destroyed the National Museum. Countless artifacts documenting Brazil’s history, as well as other countries’ precious gifts, are now in ruins. I didn’t want to believe it when I first came across the story this morning online, but when I turned onContinue reading “September 3, 2018: Labor Day Heartbreak”

August 30, 2018: More Hardship in Puerto Rico

More trouble is coming for Puerto Rican residents displaced from their homes due to Hurricane Maria. On September 14, residents in FEMA sponsored housing within the US will need to relocate, according to a district judges’ ruling. These displaced residents have been living in this type of housing for nearly 10 months. There may beContinue reading “August 30, 2018: More Hardship in Puerto Rico”

August 28, 2018: Friendship Despite the Challenges

My heart continues to break for Puerto Rico. A report came out this week that the death toll from Hurricane Maria is much higher than originally reported. It didn’t come as a surprise to me, since a storm of that magnitude would make a huge impact. What saddens me is the lack of attention PuertoContinue reading “August 28, 2018: Friendship Despite the Challenges”

April 18, 2018: Concern for a Friend

I hope to hear from my close friend from Puerto Rico very soon. The last time I spoke to her was on Saturday, and she was struggling with a family hardship. In the past I could address any concerns she was enduring quickly. Since we now have a long distance friendship, it’s tough to decipherContinue reading “April 18, 2018: Concern for a Friend”

February 12, 2018: Priorities

The cemetery near my friend’s town in Puerto Rico closed over the weekend. There was immense damage from Hurricane Maria, so the only option officials have is to close the area. People who have loved ones still buried there can move them to another location, as soon as one is chosen. So the process ofContinue reading “February 12, 2018: Priorities”

February 10, 2018: Hurricane Maria’s Lasting Impact

Last night I received a call from my best friend from Puerto Rico. We only spoke for a few minutes, but she shared with me another heartbreaking piece of information, due to Hurricane Maria’s impact on the island. A local cemetery was heavily damaged, with graves flipped open and dislocated. The area may need toContinue reading “February 10, 2018: Hurricane Maria’s Lasting Impact”

January 27, 2018: Connections

This afternoon I took some much needed time for myself. I took care of my hair, making the trip to maintain the color. I reconnected with the hair stylist I previously visited a couple years back, and I’m so relieved that I did so. It’s refreshing to see someone who truly pays attention to yourContinue reading “January 27, 2018: Connections”