45 years ago I visited cathedrals and churches today I do it again with Sarah and Pachi

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45 years ago I clearly remember visiting the Puebla Cathedral with my Stepfather Neil. I remember he took his drawing sketch book and drew scenes of people praying and of many of the architectural features of this world heritage marvel. I was 10 then and would not know what impact this would have had on me, except that 45 years later I am taking my children to visit Basilicas, Cathedrals and churches in Mexico instead of Disney World and Florida.  I feel good for them, Sarah does not complain and she intently studies everything with a high degree of curiosity and asks many questions. I hope that this learning experience turns into a lifelong pattern of learning, understanding and walking in other shoes form my kids.

Que Viva Mexico

cropped-mexico-city-bellas-artes-zoc-17.jpgWe have traveled to Mexico to once again find out that it is a land of loving, culturally proud, understanding people that love their country like no other.

The falsehoods and perceptions created by @realDonaldTrump are not true. Yes, we have a drug problem, that I believe has been created by the voracious drug consumption in this country, that does not diminish Mexico to a country of drug dealers and murderers.

As far as I can see Mexico is our supplier of fruits and vegetables, (Just go to the fruit market), I believe one of the largest purchasers of Boeing 787’s including the maligned sale to the president of Mexico. As I look in around in Facebook many of my friends are vacationing in Mexico.

So I will continue to love this wonderful country that every time welcomes us with open arms. Viva Mexico!

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The Retirement of Congressman Gutierrez

Thoughts on the retirement of Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez. I am extremely grateful for his contribution to our community in Humboldt Park, to the Puerto Rican community as a whole, for the leadership in the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera. Luis has fought for the rights of us Puerto Ricans as well as the rights of those with no rights whatsoever.

I am extremely grateful for his contributions to the well being of Puerto Rico after the hurricane. I am grateful for his sacrifice during the Vieques period.


Las Vegas Mass Shooting Update –

In the wake of being part of a tragedy I am left to make sense of it. Last night when I went for a walk, the stores were opened, the music was playing in Vegas, however I felt the emptiness, the pain. I saw numb empty stares that did not want to stay in their room and mourn. They went out as to say “We believe in you, Las Vegas”. Today I saw a wedding in the hotel’s garden and I saw gamblers return to the tables of the Tropicana’s casino.

I had not felt much in the matter of emotions until today where I am consumed with the grief that in front of me 59 souls lost their lives and many more injured. I am so grateful for what I have, My wife, my loving children. I am saddened that many do not have that any longer. I can not stop thinking about the images of panic in the faces of the victims. Their tears today are mine.

Today I call on a ban for assault weapons. We can not be deterred by members of society that demand to have their weapons and justify their existence by saying that this was an isolated incident.

Here are some more images from Las Vegas.