Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mt Dora Craft Fair


When the Mt. Dora Chamber of Commerce **puts on a Craft fair they go all out. They can't control the weather, which was a warm 91 degrees in the sun. Fortunately, my friend Leticia and I went after 2 o'clock so we were able to always find some shade. There were .hundreds of vendors which included Christmas ornaments, signs of all sorts, paintings on unusual surfaces including floor laminate, canvases treated with heavy grainy backgrounds, pottery, glass earrings, and dolls. One particular vendor was selling aprons of all sorts. Some had hearts which were adorable; I got lots of ideas on how to improve mine. There was food of course, including kettle corn, hot dogs, arepas, and ice cream. I don't think I have ever enjoyed myself more, because I was actually able to walk for hours without any complaints. The Craft Fair continues tomorrow. Just be ready to pay $5.00 for parking. Other than that, entrance is free. The sights and sounds of Mt. Dora are also gratis, so get ready to have a good time.

** Guess what? The Mt. Dora Chamber of Commerce did not put up the Mt. Dora Craft Fair, but the on by the Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Assn. I stand corrected. Thanks for the lively event!
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Fire at Gulf Refinery in Catano Puerto Rico

I just got home and checked my facebook as I always do, only to discover that at dawn [on several people indicated that the explosions began at 12:15 am] this morning there had been several explosions at the Gulf Refinery in (you tube eyewitnesses said it was in) Guaynabo rather than Catano, Puerto Rico. Many many people were affected. Ft. Buchanan, a military base is not far from it, as well as, several subdivisions. A juvenile detention center had to be evacuated, as well. According to the Nuevo Dia, there were no deaths to report in the Gulf Refinery itself, thank God, but a woman traveling by car near the refinery, was injured. Her severely burned car can be view online. Out of 40 huge tanks filled with petroleum, 11 caught on fire. The US Geological Service reported a small tremor at the same time of the explosions. Also from the same news source the FBI has been mobilized to help evacuate Ft. Buchanan which is close by and to investigate a message in graffiti that appeared in the Minillas Tunnel, in Santurce. The message was brief and said: Boom, Fuego, RIP, Gulf, Soul, which translated means Boom, Fire, RIP, Gulf, Soul. This graffiti can do no more to raise speculation of there being foul play in the matter. Police had to be sent to the tunnel to direct traffic so that gawkers would not hold back traffic. In fact, traffic was terribly affected because the De Diego Expressway that moves traffic from Manati and Bayamon to San Juan, had to be closed due to the dangerous situation. Classes were also suspended today in several adjacent towns, including Bayamon, Guaynabo, and Toa Baja. Businesses such Burger King, Goya, and others with warehouses in the this industrial zone also had to evacuated.

If you go to the Nuevo Dia website you can see an informative Photo Documentary showing the huge plume of smoke that can be seen miles away from the actual explosion site. It seems the smoke is blowing out to sea at this time but it will only be a matter of time for that wind to change direction and a lot more people will be affected. I hope by then everyone that needs to be evacuated will. Frankly, I think they should have closed the airport or start viewing airport video footage, because the person who left that graffiti could have been on his way to the airport which is in that same direction. Darn it, I would hate to see some evil person get away with damaging Puerto Rico.

This is a sad day for all of us who love Puerto Rico. God be with them, especially the woman who was injured.

This is a link for updates on the situation October 25, 2009.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Just for Fun


Painting is such a neat way to raise one's spirits. Sometimes writing does it for me and sometimes its swishing a brush with color and water. So I did this just for fun. Hope you like it.
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The Puerto Rico Daily Sun First Anniversary!!

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Contact: Marisol Lora Cruz
Telephone: 787-630-7522

Puerto Rico Daily Sun
, the island’s only English-language daily newspaper,
marks its 1st Anniversary
October 22, 2009 – It was a year ago today that a group of 90 newspaper professionals showed its entrepreneurial spirit, launching the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, the island’s only English-language daily newspaper. For the last 12 months, the award-winning publication has kept readers informed of all of the island’s major news events with a keen and objective eye.
The newspaper’s first year is just the latest milestone for the publication that is operated as a cooperative of workers, who incorporated as Cooperativa Prensa Unida, joining the island’s thriving cooperative movement.
Since launching in October 2008, the newspaper’s circulation has tripled to 35,000 daily editions seven days a week. The publication is sold at more than 1,300 points of sale, including stoplights and retail establishments in all 78 municipalities, according to information certified by Distribution Integrated Services Inc. The Puerto Rico Daily Sun is also sold in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“I must congratulate all of the employees of the Puerto Rico Daily Sun for their effort and courage to develop this project, which began a year ago,” said Marisol Lora Cruz, Executive Editor of the Puerto Rico Daily Sun. “I am grateful to each one of them, as well as to all of the people who in one way or another have supported us during this first year.”
While the publication is young, its staff of reporters and photojournalists is experienced and, over the past year, has demonstrated its ability to pursue the story, earning several awards for their work. In June, the Puerto Rico Photojournalists Association bestowed honorary mentions to photographers Francesca von Rabenau O’Reilly and Humberto Trías, while reporter Xavira Neggers earned the award for best spot news reporting from the Overseas Press Club in August. Early in the year, the newspaper’s Economy team received a special recognition from the Small Business Administration, for reporting on relevant issues to that segment of society.

“We are committed to continue offering serious reporting to benefit our Island and to offer a real alternative to our readers and advertisers,” Lora Cruz said.
Next on the agenda is launching our much-anticipated Web site, through which the Puerto Rico Daily Sun will offer readers — on the island and abroad — the ability to read the newspaper online.
“The Daily Sun is entering into a second phase of it's presence in Puerto Rico as a key news information vehicle,” said Rafael Matos, Editor of the Puerto Rico Daily Sun. “We are now working with the digital edition which will give the Daily Sun and its readers, editors, reporters, photographers and advertiser a news window about Puerto Rico, on a global scale."

The cooperative newspaper concept

The Puerto Rico Daily Sun is the first local daily newspaper formed under the cooperative concept, joining the island’s vibrant cooperative community, an important sector of the economy that creates thousands of jobs and significant amounts of goodwill. Cooperatives contribute greatly to the island’s economy, generating some $6.6 billion in assets deposited in 133 financial institutions.

On the U.S. mainland, newspapers dating back to the 1930s have been established and operated successfully under the cooperative concept. For example, “The Greenbelt News Review” in Maryland has been published weekly without interruptions since its establishment in 1937.

Again Congratulations to all at the newspaper! I know how sacrificial and difficult it has been, so your achievement is all the more worthy.

See my response in the comments. Guess what everybody? The Puerto Rico Daily Sun is now online!!!! Way to go!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Hand that Heals


This is how I see it. I drew this hand a hundred times. I erased and erased and I know my pencil can never do justice to His blessed Hand.
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