Episode 28 | New Years Day 2017 - Soldanela

Welcome to 2017 fair people...Here’s to your wish list and the tasks that will give your life meaning.

Sometimes I think ghosts are real. I believe I’ve seen ghosts twice in my life. The first time, about 10 years ago, in the hallway in the building I live in, uptown in Kingsbridge the Bronx.  What I saw was this transparent image of a woman but I only saw her black and old lady shoes, her legs and part of a skirt. Then she disappeared into one of the apartments. I walked into mine quiet and in disbelief, but also certain of what I had seen. I sat down andstared and thought about the other side. The other ghost I saw was in Berlin about four years ago. This ghost was upset. It, she was also a woman. I could sense her walking up the entrance stairs outside the bedroom, and I woke up because she was in front of me. She was dressed in black, and her mouth was open as if yelling in horror. It felt as if she was trying to scream. The moment distraught me. After that, I moved about in the apartment with a bit of trepidation. I thought about her and wondered why she was so upset. I had theories but I concluded that ghosts can be real and they make things happen…

It’s that something, that thing with no proof, that is at the core of the impetusand need to carry on with Notes From A Native Daughter. It feels like a whisper from a ghost. A presence urging me on.

So here is week 28. Hardly perfect the whole thing, but to my credit, honestand real and very much me, as I said back in the beginning. Thirty-weeks ago, back in the summer, a ghost or something of which I have no proof of whispered in my ear to start, and so I did.

Starting was a gut need to give my life purpose. The commitment was to carry on weekly come what may, hey, hey, hey…and now I'm in love with this whole thing. A few awesome gigs have come about because of this weekly podcast. More on those in the coming year.

Thank you to all the amazing guests. Your spirits are true and I stand in admiration:

Marlène Ramírez-Cancio

José García

Noemí Segarra

Desmar Guevarra

Leticia Peguero

Roberto Busó-García


Harry Nadal

Paola Lázaro

Tony Chiroldes

Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda

Rosal Colón

Ivonne Coll

Gaston Solnicki

Eduardo Alegría

Patricia Zárate

Caridad de la Luz and Emilio Montilla

123 Andrés

Kisha Tikina Burgos

Melissa Montero

Inés Mongil

Elba Cabrera

Trina Bardusco

Louis Perego Moreno

Danny Rivera and Bebe López

NFAND CODA Letter to President Barack Obama stands relevant.

All these conversations are available via the audioboom Notes From A Native Daughter channel who distributes far-and-wide in the web. More amazing people to come in 2017. 

Women’s March on January 21, 2017 in Washington D.C.

Resistance is not futile.

Resist neo-fascism.

With love and purpose,


Soldanela Rivera