Month: October 2017

7/40 Respira

A painted tile of a white heart with a red rose with three green leaves inside of it

I’ve been meditating on and off for probably 20 years now. I visited a Zen Buddhist temple in the Upper East Side and sat there a few times. I took my older daughter to a Shin Buddhist temple for one of the most joyful meditation experiences I have ever had. I contemplated officially converting to …

5/40 Songs for Survival

I was 21 and it was the 100th anniversary of the United States invasion of Puerto Rico. I remember marching in the street and hearing/learning so many songs. I learned the real anthem of Puerto Rico. Not the one about flowers but the one about machetes. I learned songs my parents, with all their good …

4/40 Abandono

A blurry photograph of a woman wearing a black t shirt with a black and white image of the Puerto Rican flag. Her head is down. Her hands are folded in front of her. She is on a stage wearing a black skirt and heels

Yesterday some worker members from the organization I am lucky enough to work at participated in a dramatized reading. The presentation was about women, loss, and migration. The loss of women through migration and variations on a theme. There was one scene in the play, where according to my interpretation, there seemed to be blame …