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To those new to these pages:

Welcome!

I’m a Taino woman, Indigenous to Boriken, the island now called Puerto Rico. I have many names, both legal and honorific, but most call me Nanu.

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I give thanks to my Ancestors, who’s spirit of survival are the reason for my existence. I give thanks for the teachings, the guidance and the blessings of all my Ancestors, from All my Relations, from the furthest to the most recent past.

Growing up, we had a foot in each world, the western colonized Puerto Rico and my family’s traditional ways. This is not unheard of in the age of the Urban Ndn, it only means things are one way at home and totally different in other places. And while life had it’s difficulties, i consider it a privilege to have been given the opportunity to grow up understanding a variety of perspectives. I am deeply grateful.

I strive to be the best version of myself possible, and at times i fail miserably. I like to think i am on a path of Being and Creating, of discovery and sharing, of seeking possibilities and always, always, asking questions. My conclusions are my own and i encourage others to think for themselves, even if we disagree. I’m ok with contrast and enjoy comparing notes, but I don’t suffer fools easily. And compassion and patience are not always at my disposal, especially for those who waste time.

In the end, i don’t pretend to have all the answers. However, topics are on the table and we can allow for possibilities. We can’t create answers without asking questions, without being willing to compare and consider alternative perspectives. I offer some ideas, and the arguments to support it. Thoughtful debate is welcome, keeping in mind that rudeness is not an intelligent rebuttal and that unity doesn’t mean lack of diversity; disagreement is not disrespect.narrative-794978_640

My personal interests vary greatly, from the fantastic to the deep. I read quite a bit, for both education and entertainment. I enjoy writing, again for both education and entertainment. Youtube is another favorite, for the same reason. I have an active Spiritual life, love indulging the Spirit of Creativity, and having grown up in the island’s version of the powwow trail, i’ve had the opportunity to experience different crafts under the guidance of Maestros Artesanos, the Master Craftsmen of my Boriken.

Having moved to a new state not too long ago, adjustment has been a little bumpy, but exploring the offerings of my new surroundings has been interesting. There have been recent additions to our family as well, with the adoption of both a puppy and a kitty. (It’s my first dog in over 20 years. I forgot how much i like them!) Gardening, both in containers on my porch, and in the aquariums that line my living room, has been a fairly

recent hobby as well; one that’s grown from my spiritual practices, interestingly enough. It’s very fulfilling, very satisfying… even when things don’t work out quite as expected.

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It’s only recently that i’ve returned to tending the garden that is my blog. I look forward to updating the different facets that reflect who i am today.

You are welcome to visit as often as you like. There is also the option of emailed updates, if you prefer.

Look forward to sharing with you.

N.

 

 

To those who have visited before:

Hello again!

It’s been a while since i’ve written publicly and i’ve missed it. To any inconvenienced by my absence and lack of follow up on the promise of a monthly post, my sincerest apologies. These go as well to those whom i have not replied to during this time; please be aware i took an electronic leave and pretty much disconnected from the internet in general. It’s not personal and i shall address appropriate commentary as i can.

Life is experiential. And a huge part of that happens real-time and off-line. Sometimes that part of our experience demands our full attention. At other times, it offers nurturing and growth. I’ve been privileged to have experienced a rainbow of teachings during this time.

I’m eternally learning. 🙂

Hope we can share in that.

N.

 

 

(c) A.Nanu Pagan, Sept 2017

 

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