Since I was young, I’ve always admired people that can sleep for hours on end.

I am thrilled when I can sleep a full eight hours.

My favorite sleeping position is on my left side, neck aligned with the body, pillow between the knees. …


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Note to the reader: English is my second language. Every day, the language rules of usage change. As much as attempt to be careful, please bear in mind that I live in Puerto Rico, speak Spanish on a daily basis and mean no offense if I make such a mistake…


GRACIAS, QUERIDO AMIGO

El 10 de septiembre de 2020, mi entrañable amigo Carlos falleció repentinamente de un infarto cardiaco. Apasionado agricultor, bajo el calor del mediodía, arduamente labraba la tierra de una remota finca localizada en las montañas del Barrio Tetuán de Utuado.

Al igual que en muchas partes del…


How #lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic brought out the shadow archetype in those that you least suspected it from.

I have an intelligent, successful ex-friend who is a talented litigator. Self-made, his tenacity allowed him to pull himself from the bootstraps into the practice of law. We had been friends and colleagues for over 15 years, respecting each other in a professional and personal level.

Every time I greeted…


Cuando un asunto de interés público te toca la fibra en más de un aspecto cercano a tu ser, no hay piedra que debes dejar sin descubrir para llegar hasta el fondo de los motivos para tal mezquindad.

El caso de la tala de árboles y palmas por parte del…


WHEN “SHOW ME THE LESSON” BECOMES A DAILY MANTRA

His dad and I separated in January of 2007.

He was 9.

For more than a decade, his father barely looked him up.

Unbeknownst to all, His dad’s indifference caused Him unfathomable wounds.

He pretended everything was cool.

He was the…


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Outside the professional arena, I have no qualms about admitting my vulnerabilities.

For weeks now, I have been a fierce critic of Puerto Rico governor Wanda Vazquez’s tyrannical, arbitrary lockdown measures that persist to this day absent scientific grounds therefor.

The prohibitions contained in her executive orders have been in…


Despite Puerto Rico’s corruption woes and a location in the path of hurricane alley that every year anages to trigger the PTSD Hurricane Maria lodged in our minds, my repeated attempts to relocate to the mainland have never prospered.

There’s a reason for it: there‘s no place like Puerto Rico…


“Será política pública del Estado Libre Asociado la más eficaz conservación de sus recursos naturales, así́ como el mayor desarrollo y aprovechamiento de los mismos para el beneficio general de la comunidad…”

— Constitución del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico

Si de pronto le sorprende una construcción en una área usted entiende debe estar ambientalmente protegida, o ve el comienzo de movimiento de tierra en un proyecto que entendía había sido archivado por fundamentos ambientales, ni se moleste en hacer una querella.

La Oficina de Gerencia de Permisos está aprobando permisos…


Today marks the fourth day of the most undemocratic, government-imposed 24/7 curfew/quarantine on the people of Puerto Rico.

On Sunday, March 15th, Puerto Rico’s governor, Wanda Vazquez Garced, issued an Executive Order whereby until at least March 30th, everyone within the United States’ territory must stay inside their homes 24/7…

Ana Toledo

Puerto Rican warrior & survivor; fighting for equal environmental rights, one pipe at a time”. “Mi nada, a nadie se lo debo.” Julia de Burgos.

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