The Taíno Question: Haslip-Viera Responds to Levins Morales
In her February 21 critique of my response to her essay on "Taino Citizenship," Aurora Levins Morales invites me to identify my own investment in this discussion, beyond my persistent claims to "objective truth." Here is a point-by-point response: read story
The 2015 Literary Café Selections
The Literary Café celebrated the holidays and got ready for the new year with Saramago's The Elephant's Journey.
The novel The Elephant's Journey is based on a true story that José Saramago (11-16-1922 - 6-18-2010), learned at a restaurant in Portugal, where he saw some paintings of an Asian elephant named Solomon. This elephant traveled from India to Portugal and once in Portugal to Valladolid in the mid-sixteenth century. Archduke Maximilian of Austria's wedding was the reason for his journey. King John III of Portugal and his wife wanted to give a wedding gift that was different and worthy of drawing attention. So they decide to give an elephant brought from India and which turned out to be a nuisance. read story
Tips for Year-Round Wellness
The holiday season can bring stress for a variety of reasons: traveling, preparing for the traditional gatherings, shopping and more. Now, after the holidays we sometimes feel the after effects of all the stress we were under during that special season. Many chemical, physical and emotional factors may take us out of balance and negatively affect the nervous system’s communication between the brain and body. read story
¿Qué son chinches?
Los chinches son una plaga que no es fácil de eliminar.
Estos insectos pequeños sin alas se alimentan con la sangre de humanos, roedores, mascotas y pájaros. Son de forma ovalada y plana y su color varía de blanco a café oscuro luego de alimentarse con sangre. read story
The Literary Café Club Met Valerie Miles
This month, the Cafecito Literario attended a presentation of the book A Thousand Forests in One Acorn (published in 2014), from the multifaceted writer and cultural journalist Valerie Miles (born in New York, 1963). This book is, in reality, a translation into English of the book Mil Bosques en una Bellota, published in 2012. read story
How to Make Sense of the Medicare Annual Election Period
Consumer Alert: People with Medicare can expect information overload this month!
Medicare’s Annual Election Period (also known as “open enrollment”) began October 15 and runs through December 7. This is when people enrolled in or eligible for Medicare have the opportunity to reevaluate their healthcare options and sign up for or switch their current coverage in Medicare Advantage plans.