For several months, I have been experiencing some very deep feelings about my chosen spiritual path. I have mentioned here before that the path that I have chosen is not a traditional one. It is more on the side of new age. I really do not like to consider myself a part of the traditional new age movement either because, unfortunately, the movement has changed so much since the late 19th century and early 20th century. There are lots of well-meaning people within it that are simply not giving out information that is helping to move humanity forward. It also has its share of quacks just as within the traditional religious movement. Continue reading →
Almost A Woman is the follow-up book to When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago. Almost A Woman was published in 1998, but I have had it on my bookshelf to read for years. I was so engrossed in this book that it took me one day to read all 311 pages of it. In this book Esmeralda goes into more detail about her first seven years in Brooklyn. As much as her family frustrated her, they were the most important people to her. While I would never advise any woman to have eleven children all out-of-wedlock, Mami is a woman I admire very much. I admire the dedication with which she raised her children. I also admire the fact that even though Pablo Santiago never married her, she insisted that her children honor and respect him as their father. You see this more in Esmeralda’s first book, but since I did not mention it there, I wanted to be sure to write it here. Mami tells her children that no matter what happened between her and Pablo, they were to respect and care for their father. He was a good father to them while they lived in Puerto Rico. Continue reading →
This book was published in 1994, and has been in my stash of books to read for more than 10 years. I finally got around to reading it. I absolutely enjoyed reading When I Was Puerto Rican so much. The author is Esmeralda Santiago who was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. It is a lovely coming of age biography. Esmeralda was born into a family that was poor. Being poor in Puerto Rico and being poor in America seems to be two different things. Esmeralda’s family always had food to eat. I observed this in Panama too. You can be poor but one thing you can count on is having food to eat. Puerto Rico also seems to have the same colorful vibrancy that Panama has. The day that Esmeralda came to America when she was 13 years old brought back memories of my personal day of coming to America. I can remember getting off the plane with my Mom and older brother at JFK Airport in New York. At that time JFK was called Idlewild Airport. Continue reading →
You may, or may not, remember a post that I wrote with the title Hasidic Marital Customs. After I watched the video contained in that post, I was impressed with how the couple came to be married. I liked that marriage was based on shared values instead of other superficial things that many people today seem to base marriage on. Servertus suggested that it was not as smooth sailing as the couple in the video makes it out to be. I needed to look at another side of the story, and Servetus suggested that I look up Deborah Feldman who wrote a book titled Unorthodox. That is exactly what I did. I typed Deborah Feldman’s name in Google search and HER WEBSITE was on top in the results.
I made my way to the video page where Deborah has several videos of speaking engagements that she did. Continue reading →
I may have touched on this a little bit in the past, but I am devoting an entire blog post to the subject this time. I decided to get more personal on my blog in 2014. You can all get to know me even better, and I think it will be cathartic for me to do some inner reflection through writing.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to have lots of children when I grew up. I wanted as many children as I could get. Continue reading →