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Drinking in Creativity and Community at Puerto Rico’s Most Famous Bar


LA FACTORIA … Puerto Ricans know how to have fun in spite of adversities!!
‘The Old San Juan bar La Factoría opened in 2013 and has been named to the World’s 50 Best list since 2015.’

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A report by Alicia Kennedy for Vine Pair.

Seated on a van traveling from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Ponce, on the south coast, is a bartender from Paris by way of Venezuela, another from Barcelona, one from Beirut, and another from Cyprus. Filling it out are the young bartenders and prep masters of La Factoría’s burgeoning bar empire. (And then there’s me, in the back corner, on my laptop.)

The Old San Juan bar La Factoría opened in 2013 and has been named to the World’s 50 Best list since 2015. Last weekend, it celebrated its sixth anniversary with a two-night bash honoring its drink community from near and far. We capped it off with a field trip to Ponce’s Destileria Serrallés, maker of Puerto Rico’s beloved Don Q rum.

“In Puerto Rico, if you have a place open for three years, it’s like, ‘Whoa, you…

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In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college


There are plenty of factors. The odds are stacked against them … and it’s not getting any better!
‘The reasons are as formidable as they have been generally unnoticed outside Puerto Rico, where attention drawn by the hurricanes has moved on even as countless roofs continue to be covered by blue plastic tarpaulins and innumerable broken windows by plywood.’

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A report by Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report.

Desirée Morales Díaz didn’t choke up when she recounted how her high school counselor hadn’t heard of the common application, the form widely used by college admission offices on the mainland. Or how the counselor didn’t know low-income students like her were eligible for a waiver of the fee.

She didn’t lose her composure when she remembered the counselor telling her to not worry about taking the SAT until her senior year, at which point she realized she hadn’t been taught what she needed to know to do well.

She held it together when describing how, in spite of the staggering number of obstacles that stand in the way of students like her at high schools in Puerto Rico to graduate and go to college — particularly to prestigious colleges on the mainland — she was accepted by American University…

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Hurricane Maria’s legacy: Thousands of Puerto Rican students show PTSD symptoms


Almost two years after the hurricane … I knew it!! … ‘Food shortages, damaged homes, fear of death, loved ones leaving. The cumulative stresses of Hurricane Maria contributed to thousands of schoolchildren developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in Puerto Rico.’ … and so much more!!

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A report by Carmen Heredia Rodríguez for PBS News Hour.

Food shortages, damaged homes, fear of death, loved ones leaving. The cumulative stresses of Hurricane Maria contributed to thousands of schoolchildren developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in Puerto Rico, according to a study published Friday.

The study in JAMA Network Open found that 7.2% of the students reported “clinically significant” symptoms of PTSD. More girls tended to show signs of PTSD than boys.

Researchers surveyed 96,108 public school students five to nine months after the 2017 hurricane. The cohort included youth in third through 12th grades across different regions of the island.

The Puerto Rico Department of Education — which partnered with the…

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Sunday Morning


‘It’s spring, and everything looks frail … ‘Tony Hoagland from A Color of the Sky in What Narcissism Means to Me’ …

Live & Learn

It’s spring, and everything looks frail;
the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves…
a little dogwood tree is losing its mind;
overflowing with blossomfoam…
dropping snow white petals to the ground in clouds,

so Nature’s wastefulness seems quietly obscene.
It’s been doing that all week:
making beauty,
and throwing it away,
and making more.

Tony Hoagland from A Color of the Sky in What Narcissism Means to Me


Notes – Photo: Dogwood in Blossom by David Castenson. Poem: Thank you Whiskey River

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