How to Survive a Camping Trip in Joshua Tree in the Winter

I took advantage of the long weekend around President’s day to get out in nature. A friend invited me to join his ministry called F5 Challenge on a camping trip to Joshua Tree. It’s has been awhile since I have gone camping. I really miss the days of our annual pilgrimage to Redwood Campmeeting every summer.… Continue reading How to Survive a Camping Trip in Joshua Tree in the Winter


Memories at Rincon’s Lighthouse

I miss Puerto Rico, but I miss wandering around it with my siblings more. One of my favorite places was the El Faro de Rincón. It had so many facets around it to explore. You could tread over sand to the south or clamber over rocks to the north. You could see the flag planted… Continue reading Memories at Rincon’s Lighthouse


4 things you don’t want to miss when you go to Pico Rodadero

Over the summer before I left the beautiful island of Puerto Rico for the not as beautiful desert of California, my friend took me to this stunning mountain lookout in the hills of Yauco 2868 ft above sea level. This is not a famous tourist attraction. Even some Puerto Ricans have never heard of it.… Continue reading 4 things you don’t want to miss when you go to Pico Rodadero


Jenks Lake

After being in southern California for 6 weeks, I was tired of the barren wasteland around me and escaped to the San Bernardino mountains. It was so refreshing to breathe the fresh cool, air and see so much greenery. My ears popped with the altitude. I leaned into the rugged trail on the way up… Continue reading Jenks Lake


Still no word from my parents…

This week has been extremely difficult. "Let me call you back later," my dad said last Tuesday evening and I haven't heard from him since. He was preparing for Hurricane Maria to hit Puerto Rico where he currently resides, while I worried from California. I am the type of person who walks glumly around a… Continue reading Still no word from my parents…


Never, never ask why

I was preparing for my nursing boards the other day by doing practice questions. I don’t remember what the question asked, but the rationale indicated that asking "why" was nontherapeutic because it could come across to the patient as accusatory. More on that later. However, there is a lot to be learned about therapeutic communication… Continue reading Never, never ask why


A trip to Culebra, Puerto Rico

  Last Thanksgiving, a bunch of friends and I went on a trip to Culebra. It was a bit stressful being a poor student and trying to juggle costs, but was well worth it. The beach in Culebra is amazing. Definitely the highlight of my stay in Puerto Rico. Dining Food is really expensive in San… Continue reading A trip to Culebra, Puerto Rico