Of Taíno Queens and the Legend of Yuiza

by Francisco G. Gómez Interested in boricua history, especially legends? Here’s a story that’s rather interesting. It’s the legend of Yuiza and her possible connection to the Afro/Taíno people of Loíza. On our first relief  assistance trip to Puerto Rico, … Continue reading

Taínasoy Apiario an Eco-Project in the Works – Part 2

by  Francisco G. Gómez As I said in part 1 of this piece, when I arrived at Taínasoy Apiario, there was lots of land preparation going on and construction of several projects were to begin in February of 2018. Noemi … Continue reading

Taínasoy Apiario an Eco-Project in the Works – Part 1

by Francisco G. Gómez Heading south on highway #2, you just pass the border of Aguadilla and you’ re in Aguada. You best be looking at the kilometer markers to your right as you quickly go along or you’ll miss … Continue reading

Casa Pueblo and the Posterriqueño – Innovations in 21st Century Lighting

  by Francisco G. Gómez “Casa Pueblo is a project of community self management with the commitment to value and protect natural resources, both cultural and human. It was born in 1980 when the government of Puerto Rico wanted to … Continue reading

Parranda – Paranda at the Bronx Music Heritage Center

by Francisco G. Gómez Last Friday’s parranda at the Bronx Music Heritage Center was awesome; we had such a wonderful time at this community celebration. For those of you who may not know about the BMHC, well, it was founded … Continue reading

Raíces Spotlight on Eco-Warrior Kira Herzog

by Francisco G.Gómez We affectionately call her Kirita Bug because she’s always moving from task to task in almost total silence and never quits! This young lady has proven herself in so many ways, to be humble, loyal, hardworking, talented, … Continue reading

Water is Life Exhibit – Post Presentation Reflections

by Francisco G. Gómez Water is Life Presentation – Highland Park, New Jersey – October 28, 2017 Time is always a great factor when doing an arts installation show, and I was at the mercy of the clock! I briefly … Continue reading

LIVING IN THE SHADOWS: UNDERGROUND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES

by Francisco G. Gómez Since the Republicans took power a little over a month ago, the issues of illegal immigration have dominated the political landscape in an unprecedented way. Even if you attempt to turn a blind eye  to the constant … Continue reading

Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp Ceremony

by Francisco G. Gómez Last Sunday, January 22nd we attended a wonderful ceremony at the Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp in Mahwah, N.J.. It turned out to be a real treat because of the unexpected presence of Sophia Wilansky, … Continue reading

Finca Mi Casa – Don Luis Soto of Camuy, Puerto Rico

by Francisco G. Gómez At first glance, you may think that Don Luis Soto is just an ordinary man; you may even look at him and not believe he’s a farmer. In fact, he’s a retired agronomist who’s always been … Continue reading