Norma I García Pettit

Norma I. García Pettit was born in San Francisco, California to Puerto Rican parents. A retired middle-school Spanish teacher with four grown children and six grandchildren, she now resides in El Dorado County, California with her husband. The couple regularly spends extended time in Puerto Rico, where they have many close family ties and own a second home.

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Are ALL Puerto Ricans Related?

Are ALL Puerto Ricans Related?
by Norma I García Pettit

Years ago, on American Idol there was a Puerto Rican contestant named Tatiana Del Toro. She could obviously sing or she wouldn’t have made it to the top 36. Tatiana was sometimes dramatic and annoying, but I remember her also for a comment that she made about Puerto Ricans: “We are all cousins.” While that’s a standard joke that we Puerto Ricans have, it sometimes seems to be true.                

DNA Cousins Are Both Authors

DNA Cousins Are Both Authors
by Norma I García Pettit

                If you have done your DNA test on Ancestry, you know that you have a list of matches that is broken down into close relatives, first cousins, 2nd-3rd cousins, 4th-6th cousins, etc. Those of us genealogy addicts that are on Facebook refer to the distant cousins as “DNA Cousins”.  Back in July, I was contacted by one such DNA cousin, Marisol Colón Santoni. She told me about her friend, Donna Darling, who (like me) wrote a historical novel based in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.  However, Donna’s book, The 3 Marias, is set around 1897-1900, while my book, Luisa, is set from 1867-1870. Marisol thought that it would be fun for the three of us to get together and talk about genealogy and our books.

Guessing Someone's Age

Guessing Someone's Age
by Norma I García Pettit
We do it all the time. We meet someone and until we get to know them we estimate how old they are.  But how strange would it be to not know your own age? This actually happened to me. Years ago, I was going through some hormonal issues that caused me to have moments of disorientation. During one such episode, I looked at myself in the bathroom mirror as I was washing my hands, and I said to myself, “Hmmm. I wonder how old I am. Forty-three sounds good.” In actuality, I was 47 at the time.

Ponce's Architecture in 1870

Ponce's Architecture in 1870
by Norma I García Pettit
Just looking at the front covers of Luisa and Sebastián, one can immediately tell that the setting is different. The bustling, seaside town of Ponce to which Sebastián relocated in 1870 has a decidedly different feel to it than the mountain farmland on which Luisa and Sebastián were raised. A big part of this can be attributed to the architecture and the style of homes.

Quenepas - Tasty but Dangerous

Quenepas - Tasty but Dangerous
by Norma I García Pettit

Ponce is famous for its quenepas, a very tasty fruit extremely rich in phosphorus and iron.  In fact, it is the city’s official fruit and Ponce hosts an annual quenepa festival in the town plaza. Of course, I had to include something about them in Sebastián. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 19.