Home to where I’d never been

I had written this post back in the Spring in response to a prompt for a writing workshop. I feel it is the backstory to my post from yesterday. Today Dr. Rex at “It is What it is.” Posted some beautiful pictures of one of my favorite spots on the island, Old San Juan and that prompted me to re-post. Since last Spring, I have updated the story and mined my memories for more content. I submitted the extended version last month for acceptance in an anthology of Puerto Rican voices coming out next Spring 2019. Wish me luck.

Lindi Roze is SELF CENSORED

I came across this quote from North 20°54, West 156°14, a personal essay by Maggie Messitt on Bending Genre.  “Maps are about boundaries and perception. They are about recognizing and being recognized.”

It is a beautiful place

One summer as soon as school was out, our parents took us to their little island in the Caribbean.  It was the late 1960’s; it was the year my paternal grandfather died.  It was unexpected. I don’t remember him, and I don’t think he ever met the twins.  That’s probably why they made an effort to get us over there to meet the family now.  I was apprehensive at first.  My Dad was staying home, but we were going for the whole summer!  I was starting my teenage years, which is a big deal in itself but on top of that, all I knew about Puerto Rico were the stories my parents…

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My color is Ecru Cream

I Have Been Weary The other day, Jill Dennison of Filosofa's Word posted “A SHARED OPINION …” in which she shared an article by Charles M. Blow of the NY Times, titled "You Have a Right to Weariness." As usual, Jill's comments to this article echoed my own thoughts.  It is a great opinion piece for our … Continue reading My color is Ecru Cream

Dem Majority can set useful goals in the House

Great opinion piece by Ronald A Klain of the Washington Post.   Now that elections are over, the democratic party needs to focus on prioritizing the needs of the people to restore some kind of balance in our Democracy.  Its time now to "resist" the negativity by getting to work regardless of what Twitter spews from … Continue reading Dem Majority can set useful goals in the House

Left Behind after a Death

A social media post reminded me the other night that it was a year to the day since my cousin, Joe died.  I'm sad I didn't remember, I spoke to his mom earlier that day. We talked for an hour about all sorts of trivial things, but she didn’t mention him till we were wrapping … Continue reading Left Behind after a Death

Why Bring Flowers?

Used to be Love, Flowers, and Goodbye Tildie slowly exhaled and closed her laptop.  Every morning after meditations, she checked her emails and social media. Now and then Tildie would come across the story of the eighty-year-old man who walked five miles to have breakfast with his wife in a memory care facility. When people … Continue reading Why Bring Flowers?

A Book Review from a Writer’s Book Club

The focus I joined a new book club because I like to read and discuss books with likeminded people. A book club offers the opportunity to explore books and authors that wouldn’t otherwise catch my attention, and I was glad to find this one through my local writers’ group. The club’s focus is Twentieth Century … Continue reading A Book Review from a Writer’s Book Club