Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blogs for a Free Cuba

I haven't posted about Cuba in awhile and with all that's been going on I think I need to. A lot of my non-Cuban friends don't understand why I post about Cuba so much. It seems whenever I post about Cuba on facebook, someone always asks me why I post about Cuba when I'm not Cuban. To be honest, I get sick of explaining why. My posts should explain why. There is a totalitarian dictatorship that has destroyed that beautiful country and enslaved her people for decades. And the world sits by and caters to the Castros. Its not right. Its horrible that people ignore Cuba. Everyday, more and more now, dissidents are being beaten, threatened, jailed, women are being threatened with rape and sexual abuse, their children are being threatened, and even some dissidents, like Orlando Zapata and Oswaldo Paya and Laura Pollan, killed by the dictatorship.

I try to do my little part in spreading the word on what is happening there but in reality, I can only do so much. There are a lot of others who blog solely about Cuba and whom help the dissidents directly and give the most up to date info about the human rights abuses that are occuring there. This post is mainly for my non-Cuban friends who want to read more about Cuba's struggle for freedom. And most of the blogs I'm going to list, are in English. So, here goes.

1. Uncommon Sense is the blog by my friend Marc Masferrer. He is a journalist who blogs for a free Cuba and who has blogged about almost every single known Cuban political prisoner. I say 'known' because no one knows just how many political prisoners there are there who no one knows about. His blog is one of the most important blogs for a free Cuba. If you want to know about the political prisoners and the latest info on them, then you have to read his blog.

2. Notes From The Cuban Exile Quarter is a blog by human rights activist John Suarez. He blogs extensively on what is happening in Cuba with in-depth information and also translates a lot so that people who don't understand Spanish can still know what is going on there. His blog is also a great resource to learn about the history of Cuba and her struggle for freedom. He also blogs about other dissidents and countries fighting for freedom and human rights such as Tibet and Burma, to name a few. His blog is a must read.

3. Pedazos de la Isla is a blog in English and Spanish by Raul Garcia. He has probably some of the most up to date info on dissidents and human rights abuses in Cuba. His blog is also a must read if you want to know about the dissidents and what is happening to them everyday.

4. Nueva Onda Cuba this blog is by my friend Mickey, who blogs in Spanish. If you know Spanish, his blog is wonderful to read. He blogs about a variety of things from history of Cuba, to dissidents fighting for freedom, the punk rockers in Cuba, the artists in Cuba who continually get oppressed by the government and much more. He runs an excellent blog and deserves a shout out on here. So if you understand Spanish, go and read it!

5. El Balsero Suicida This blog is also in Spanish and its run by two men, Gilberto and Ariel, who I am honored to call my friends. They are Balseros. Their blog has a lot of posts on the history of the Balseros and their struggle for freedom, and also has some posts with interviews and stories as well. Again, if you understand Spanish, this is an excellent blog to read. They write with so much passion and conviction. A wonderful blog to read.

I know I'm missing a lot of blogs and I am time-constricted at the moment and sleep-deprived. So I will be updating this list a lot. But, I ask all of my non-Cuban friends to visit these site and read their posts, read the archives too. Please get involved in helping Cubans to get their freedom. And please share these blogs with all your friends and get them involved too. The world needs to know the truth about what's happening to the people of Cuba. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Self explanatory

This song speaks volumes for me. And I am sure it will speak volumes for a lot of other people too. Please listen to the lyrics. This band is one of my favorites. Every song they write seems to resonate with a lot of fans. This song is true. And its honest. And real. Worth listening to.

Watch "Times - Tenth Avenue North" on YouTube

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Salve Regina

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy;
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy towards us;
And after this our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Hail Mary (Ave Maria)

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day
Our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day
Our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Poem to God

Before my battery dies (power should be on by tomorrow afternoon), I am going to share a poem that I found inside church today before Mass. Mabey it will help someone out there.

"Dear God, I do not want to know what things there are in store but I implore Your help to live and to accomplish more. Your hand alone can lead me through the darkness of the night, and bless me with encouragement to keep on doing right. I try to be prepared each day to take my life in stride. But I need grace to guide my steps and never leave Your side. Almighty God, in every thought I most sincerely pray for just enough assistance now that I may never stray. Be with me every morning when the sky is gray or blue and let me find the stars at night that light the way to You!" ~ James J. Metcalfe

Friday, September 14, 2012

FREE ALAN GROSS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone please read this link and pray for Alan Gross. Write your Senators and Congressmen. Get the word out. His life is in danger in Cuba. He was unjustly imprisoned and is in extreme danger of dying. Please do everything you can do to help him. Thank you. The wife of Alan Gross says he may not survive Cuban jail - Cuba - MiamiHerald.com

Monday, September 10, 2012

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Today, a lot of people are struggling. And they are wondering if the struggle is worth it. If they can ever be happy. If their lives can ever be better. My answer, is YES!!!!!!!!! Today, tell someone you care about them. Listen to someone's problems. Offer up a solution. Or just offer up your support. If you see someone on a bridge just standing and looking down, ask them if they're ok. Same with any other place. Or if you hear someone talk about ending their life, help them. Be their friend. Listen to them. Suicide is permanent. Problems aren't. So, please help other. We need to build communtiy. We need to encourage.

And if the topic of suicide is funny to you, if you want to makes jokes, then you show just how low a person can be. Remember, suicide will affect everyone at least once. You won't be joking when it affects you.

Today, we must overcome the pain. The lonliness. The hurt. The shame. The stigma. Help others. God intended for us to. And He loves every one of us. On this day, and week, Suicide Prevention Week, please help someone. Save a life. Save how ever many lives you have to. Please.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lagrimas

"Si pudiera ser una parte de ti, seria tus lagrimas. Porque tus lagrimas son concebidas en tu corazon, nacen en tus ojos, viven en tus mejillas y mueren en tus labios." ~ Unknown

The above translates as: "If I could be any part of you, I would be your tears. Because your tears are conceived in your heart, born in your eyes, live on your cheeks and die on your lips."

It is one of my favorite quotes in Spanish. :-) Thought I would share it for everyone.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Cuba's Newest Political Prisoner

Cuba has a new political prisoner and the world needs to pay attention. Even though a lot of political prisoners have been released in the past two years, even more are being aressted and imprisoned again. We can't ignore this. We must spread the word and get their names and stories out there. Please read about the imprisonment of Roelbis Coba Sendo and share with all of your friends. This is the only way Cuba will be free. We have to support the dissidents and political prisoners by being their voices when they are silenced.     
Uncommon Sense: Roelbis Coba Sendo, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 9/2/12

Baby #2

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