Chapter 3 – SUEÑOS

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Jonathan Negrón Rodríguez

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in 1.03 - Sueños | 0 comments

Jonathan Negrón Rodríguez

KRAZY COMICS — I clearly remember that it was the year 2003 when my father José Negrón first enlightened me with his story of how he founded Krazy Comics, if not the first, one of the first legitimate Puerto Rican comic book companies in Puerto Rico in the year 1991. I was no older than twelve by the time he first told me. I found this story fascinating; not because of the details of his story, those could not enthrall me for I didn’t understand the inner workings of a company and its ethics. No, I found this story remarkable, simply...

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Lorraine Acevedo Franqui

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in 1.03 - Sueños | 9 comments

Lorraine Acevedo Franqui

THROUGH TIME AND SORROW – It was a clear summer afternoon. The sun spread angry, golden fingers, reaching for cotton-like clouds that escaped from its grasp.  A breeze blew strands of my hair back and forth, inviting leaves into its dance of twirls and turns in the air. It carried the smell of dead flowers and freshly dug, humid earth. It was eerily quiet. I clasped my hands behind me, my eyes to the ground as I kicked pebbles away with my combat boots. Not far from me, the person I love the most in the world was crying softly, kneeling...

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Miosotis Vélez Silva

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in 1.03 - Sueños | 13 comments

Miosotis Vélez Silva

COMING HOME – My dad is a patient in the San Juan Veterans Hospital psychiatric ward. Before that, he hadn’t been able to sleep for weeks due to violent, recurring nightmares of Vietnam. His diagnosis is critical and he is on numerous medications. When I found out, I thought, they must be wrong. Surely they have exaggerated because my dad is a strong, caring and active person. He’s not crazy! I was in shock when I heard he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But it explained why he did things like jump into a roadside...

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Priscila Padilla

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in 1.03 - Sueños | 3 comments

Priscila Padilla

THREE SOLDIERS – THREE STORIES – During the mid-nineteen forties, in a coastal town bathed by the ocean’s waves, where all the houses were built with wood and palm tree branches, with floors of sand where few people owned shoes, lived a family of nine. They lived very humbly, their main food plates were the popular Puerto Rican harina con habichuelas and the typical cup of fresh and foamy leche de cabra of that era. The family was composed of a young couple who had three sons and four daughters. They were tight as a girdle and...

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Melvin Vega Virella

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in 1.03 - Sueños | 5 comments

Melvin Vega Virella

FROM ITALY WITH LOVE – How we found these photos was quite interesting. I called my mom the week before telling her that I needed some family photos so that when I went home I would have an easy time going through them. Well, apparently my mom forgot to do that, and when I got there were no photos, none at all! So we went to a storage facility where my mom has most of the things that are rarely used. We had to take out almost all of the things in the storage since the photos were in a box at the end of the storage. It looked like a...

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Milton Ortíz

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in 1.03 - Sueños | 1 comment

Milton Ortíz

DO YOU BELIEVE IN ANGELS? – People believe in angels in different ways. For those who are Catholics like me, we know that angels are a very important figure in the Bible because they are the messengers of God. They are mediators between Heaven and Earth. An angel gave Mary the news that she was going to give birth to the one who would save the humanity. For me, every single person has an angel watching his back. Sometimes you might feel like you’re about to give up and then you feel that breath of hope motivating you to not fall, that...

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Ernesto Laboy García

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in 1.03 - Sueños | 1 comment

Ernesto Laboy García

THE WILL OF GOD – Marta warned her about her legs.  She had foreseen the future, my mother’s future to be precise. “She was always telling me that I should watch my legs, as if something would happen to them some day,” my mother said on a dark and rainy day. “Eventually, it would turn out that I would suffer a chronic dislocation of my knees, which would then affect my legs.  She was right all along.” My mother’s childhood wasn’t the most normal. Sure, she had her time and place to do normal kid things, but then she would also be a part...

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Vanessa Mari

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in 1.03 - Sueños | 13 comments

Vanessa Mari

AFTER EIGHTY YEARS – How can an eighty-year-old picture of my grandfather resemble him so much in the present? How does this child who looks at the camera so intensively remind me of my grandfather? When I walked in to the Ramey Golden Age Home to visit my grandfather, Juan Mari, there were other families like us visiting too. As soon as I spotted him, I walked towards him with my dad.  He was sitting in his wheel chair in the middle of a big and bright room, waiting for the nurses to bring his food. He wore his same red shirt and short...

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Michelle M. Palmer

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in 1.03 - Sueños | 2 comments

Michelle M. Palmer

ASHES TO ASHES – DUST TO DUST – “This is just the beginning of something new,’’ said Nelson falling into a deep dream. September 9, 1993 was longest and most cheerless night ever. On that night, after his wife went to bed, Nelson locked himself in the bathroom and drank a powerful insecticide. When his wife woke up, she found him lying in a pool of blood. An ambulance arrived and carried Nelson to the nearest hospital in Yauco, Dr. Tito Mattei Hospital. It was one o’clock in the morning and Nelson knew that help was too late. The...

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