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National Council of La Raza

Just want to give a shout out to my Native American brother in New Mexico conducting research for the National Council of La Raza. Keep up the good work, we really appreciate all your efforts, let me know how we can help. Tenemos mucho en comun en nuestro lucha para la raza. Devo

Coldplay & Pastoral Care

Coldplay & Pastoral Care By David Ramos I recently bought Coldplay’s new album, “X&Y.” Coldplay once again delivers an outstanding musical and lyrical score. Their lead song, “Square One” raises some pastoral care issues for me. The song almost has an apocalyptic quality when they sing, “From the top of the first page, to the…

God in the Shipwreck

God in the Shipwreck By David Ramos Aguadilla, Puerto Rico I don’t necessarily enjoy crowded beaches. My idea of a Caribbean getaway is partly inspired by an attempt to escape the crowd hence I hunt for sparsely populated beaches. In Puerto Rico I have my spots and with any amount of luck I have the…

Mesmerized at Club Firefly

Mesmerized at Club Firefly By David Ramos I’m in Moca, Puerto Rico, and after closing the aluminum shutters, and turning the lights out, its pitch black. Moca, among other things, is famous for bats and some random “chupa cabra” sightings. I try to settle into bed and go to sleep, I shut my eyes for…

Sade Saves the Night–Again!

Sade Saves the Night—Again! By David Ramos Behind me I can hear the indigenous orchestra of coqui’s, and the occasional neighing of a horse; I’m in “La Isla de Encanto,” my beloved Puerto Rico. I caught this insane flight from JFK—get this, leaves at 1:00am, arrives at 4:30am! The flight was rather turbulent, at one…

Measurable Outcomes

Just got back from Philly on some three day training in “performance philanthropy.” For all my grassroots sistas and brothas, we have definitely got to wire ourselves if our organizations are going to to survive the ever increasing advent of outcome based management. I have witnessed way too many CBO’s close down for not being…

Cyber Friends

          Just a quick shout out to my cyber friends.  I want to thank Liz Rios for your blessed friendship, you’ve come a long way baby!  Congratulations on all your new initiatives.  Thanks for representin’ la Raza at Emergent.  Rudy Carrasco, thanks for your visionary leadership, for being there before anyone else…

Miami Groove

           I just got back from Miami, I gave a presentation at the Expolit conference.  While there I had the wonderful opportunity to hang out with good friends.  Hanging out poolside in my friends condo, we enjoyed the sun, great conversation and the beach.  At one memorable moment we were groovin’ on…

Between Life and Death

                                                                              Between Life and Death                                                                       …

At the Threshold of Victory

By: David Ramos           "Wait until you see the light!” my wife Gigi cried out with a sense of urgency mixed with fear.  “Wait until you see the light!”  These words reverberated in my mind as I gripped the steering wheel and froze before a truck that obscured my sight at the…