Intentional and unintentional Auxiliary Officer Bergman gives great advice !

Ugh! I’m an iiiidiiottt! I’m still working on feeling completely comfortable with starting up a conversation with our Elders to ask for advice. Breaking the ice isn’t always easy. It gets better with experience. The nerves, the what if’s, the doubt is present, you must however, power-through. I am conscious about words I use. Older…

“Life is Poetry”- 84, Eurelio

It was my last day in Cuba. I ask my Cuban sister, Helen, to join me during my walk along El Malecón to catch the sunset before I left the following morning. We came across the glowing sun which illuminated a path across the water. In front of it was a Elder man, looking into the…

Little she spoke of herself, she still managed to teach me …

Abuelita Cubanita (a lady never tells her age😜) – during dinner she’d ask so much about me and “allá fuera”, ‘the outside world’. “What does it look like? How are the people? What is the food like?” Anything she could think of she asked. Little she spoke of herself, she still managed to teach me…

“It’ll give You life” – 83, Señor Corales advises …

“Cantando me siento Libre, Cantando me da Vida!” – ‘Singing sets me free, singing gives me life.’ I sing my emotions. The high notes, the low notes; they are all expressions of my experiences. Singing sets me free. Singing gives me life.” In the midst of our conversation 83 years, Señor Corales advised: “Do whatever…

“In my 74-years of life I’d tell you, self-trust …”

“In my 74-years of life I’d tell you, self-trust is the only trust I trust.” A man of few words said it all. Trust yourself. Trust your feelings. No one else is walking your journey; You are. Your intuition is power-full. Trust it. Thank You for your Bendición in just a few words.

“Can I sing for you?” – Hear 79, Señor Jorgé Luís sing

Señor Jorgé Luís gravitated to me while I sat at an exclusive Puerto Rican Senior Club in El Barrio. Curiously he asked “What are you doing here?” I share with him that I am working on a project documenting advice from our Elders to be shared with a younger generation. “Is there anything you’d like to…

“Sometimes tough love is the answer”, says Chocolate, 73.

Walking along El Barrio I came across Chocolate. He was sitting on a chair in front of the Bodega people-watching. I begin a conversation with him about how long he’s been in the neighborhood and how much I can imagine he’s seen it change. What would you say changed the most in this neighborhood? “The…

The Valuable lesson behind Zoraida’s smile.

She sat hopelessly on a crate as everyone walked past. With no success she attempted to sell baby hats she crocheted. I went over to ask her name in an attempt to make her feel present. “Zoraida” she replied. We had small talk. Zoraida was crocheting baby hats to sell as a means to make…

Meet Guillermo and his beautiful energy at 82!

We feel the Love of strangers with the things they do that affect us without our knowledge … or things we do, that affect them. Wandering through Central De Lima. In awe of all the beautiful old architecture. The Cathedrals and buildings all dressed in Spanish Colonial Era. They were all maintained so well. It…