My earliest and most loved thoughts come from those of our lives in New York, The Burrough of Staten Island,
in Spanish Camp, La Sociedad Naturopática Hispaniola,
that's where it was, though I'm proud of being from Brooklyn, I am as much from Staten Island.
a rural camp ground that had started as a place for Spanish practicing ritual natural-pathic
health regimens but before my and other families arrived,
devolved into a neighborhood of Hispanics living in a rural enclave
along the beach away from most; as we imagined it, coming from Brooklyn, it was the country.
This small corner of my world was the most formative for me....