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Hola / Hello

Welcome/Bienvenidos!   Glad you are here.  Thought to share a bit about me, creator of this site.  Are you wondering what exactly this site may be?  You are not alone in that thinking.  as I have also thought the same.  As I pondered how to bring all that I love and have learned together to one place, this site became the perfect forum.  When the internet began, I reserved this domain name for Hola! NY, NJ, CT.  At that time, I had published seven Hispanic Resource Guides for the NY Metropolitan area.  Then September 11th happened and advertising dollars that helped sponsor our publishing disappeared.  www.holaUSA.com was put on the back burner for awhile.  Then I became a Flight Attendant, amongst other things.  www.holaUSA.com, always present in my future.  Throughout the years, we have been sued for this domain name by a European Magazine that claimed they owned the right to the word 'Hola".  We won.  We have also had outside interest in purchasing this domain name.   It was declined.  The domain name is near and dear to my heart.  Variety is the spice of life and my careers reflect that belief, but they all share a common thread of -  service.  Whether serving 19 years as a Flight Attendant and prior to that as a Publisher of seven Hispanic Resource Guides and a children's book, serving  the general public as a Community and Business Liaison and representing three Governors in New York and Puerto Rico,  I live dealing with the public.  I have also appeared as a  background actress on a few movies and tv shows  and  taught as a NYC Subtitute Teacher and am a NY Realtor.   Whether serving drinks; demonstrating safety information on a plane; helping educate a third grade class or distributing or posting helpful and positive information on behalf of Governors, holaUSA. an airline or myself, it is what I was born to do.  Jill of all trades and master of none - variety is the spice of life.  When my family lived in the Bronx, I would read the Spanish and English newspapers, I was maybe seven years old.  I decided to create a newsletter for the kids. on the block. It included news about who fell off the bike or whose birthday was coming up or who got in trouble. at home.  It didn't last long but I loved it.  I also remember watching the evening news with my folks and wanting to be a news anchor when I grew up or admiring Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post and also  hoping to be like her.  No such luck in my case, or maybe I was not focused enough.  But here I am decades later, doing what I love.  Joan Didion says that we tell ourselves stories in order to live.  So live as many lives as you can. over and over and over again

I was born to a Mexican mother and Puerto Rican father in New York City and am delighted to showcase and share the many accomplishments of my culture and everybody.  As a Flight Attendant, I have dealt with thousands upon thousands of people and have found that we all share one common core, no matter what background, material passions, diplomas or position, it will be shared in another article.  

 We look forward to more consistency and content.   If this site can open your mind to something new or bring a smile to your face, then maybe it is a good thing.  Thank you for taking the time to read this far.    Cheers to the best to come .  Ivonne 

PS.   Below are some fotos of friends, acquaintances and family. They have been inspirational in different ways and I am So grateful to them and to you. And if you are reading this - thank you once again!  More pics and articles to come soon.  Blessings.  Ivonne

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The stars in their eyes

The stars in their eyes

When it all started. The union of a couple who saw each other three times and married on the fourth. Before the internet revolution. Still married 60 years later. Mucho Amor.

Smoking is no fun

Smoking is no fun

My dad is a photographer , amongst other things, including one of my heroes. He took this candid shot. Glad I stopped smoking. He is quite a jokester.

Puerto Rico-The Pearl of the Caribbean

Puerto Rico-The Pearl of the Caribbean

on Puerto Rican Day Parade float representing Governor Carlos Romero Barcelo, signifying the island Puerto Rico - Pearl of the Caribbean.

In awe of the first Puerto Rican Ms. Universe.

In awe of the first Puerto Rican Ms. Universe.

Standing next to the first Puerto Rican, Ms. Universe, Marisol Malaret and Nelson Rockefeller circa 1970, thanks to my Pop's photo op. I really was happy to be there despite my face. She was so sweet at that moment.

"El Rey" Tito Puente

"El Rey" Tito Puente

El Rey del Timbal. Master Tito Puente. My father helped establish the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund. Happy that his legacy lives on through young people.

My dad, 1st Puerto Rican director OEO

My dad, 1st Puerto Rican director OEO

My father was the first Puerto Rican named to Direct the Office of Economic Opportunity. We are so proud of his achievements.

Dirk Dickten, Steinway Piano

Dirk Dickten, Steinway Piano

with Dirk Dickten and friend. Steinway & Sons named the factory selection room suite in his honor. A beloved technician and friend for over 25 years. RIP Dirk.

Legendary Herbie Hancock

Legendary Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock. the living legend and fellow Buddhist

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump

with Ivana Trump. I told her that I was also going through a divorce as she was. She responded that it was not easy but she was not bad mouthing her ex to her children. Not turning them against him. Great advice. A class act. RIP Ivana

Bobby Capo

Bobby Capo

with Bobby Capo at a family party. Born in Puerto Rico, he became a major singing sensation. His prolific songwriting contributed to the traditions Puerto Ricans celebrate today. "De Las Montanas Venimos" during Christmas. "El Negro Bembon" a famous huarache and the famous "Piel Canola". Was a dear friend of the family, my father's other brother.

They bring me sunshine.

They bring me sunshine.

Love 08. These guys motivate, teach me and bring me joy. My heartbeats.

Lancome Girls

Lancome Girls

Fun Lancome makeup promotion gig. Great bunch of woman.

Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz

With Calia Cruz La Vida es un Carnaval

I haven't found a drug yet that can get you anywhere near as high as sitting at a desk writing. 
Hunter S. Thompson

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