Family, Latino culture, Mothers, Strong Women

Ghosts past and present

  My mother's seeing ghosts again. She hasn't seen one in over 75 years. So why are they visiting now? And not one but two of them? These are the questions I'm asking myself as she tells me about the spirits floating in her room, at the foot of her bed, for the past three… Continue reading Ghosts past and present

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An Emerging Battlecry, A Powerful Memory

Senator McConnell employed a seldom-used rule on Senator Elizabeth Warren last week, but in the end, his words unleashed a new battle cry for thousands if not millions of women. His attempt to quiet her angered people to the point where his quote trended on Twitter and became a business enterprise of tee-shirts, cups, and demonstration signs.… Continue reading An Emerging Battlecry, A Powerful Memory

Mexican traditions, Mother's Day, Mothers

11 Things My Mom Taught Me Without Knowing

  The other day I saw a contest, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference. For a chance to win a free pass, one could enter a 500-word essay on the topic, "What my mother taught me." The deadline was within a couple of days, so I passed on the opportunity, but the topic stirred… Continue reading 11 Things My Mom Taught Me Without Knowing

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Travels with Mom

  I arrived back to Oxnard, California from Denver yesterday evening from a visit with my daughter. Rain fell the night before, puddling the deck with water. My mother and I stood outside in the cool morning breeze to smell rain and touch the droplets pooled on the banister. California is in a drought and… Continue reading Travels with Mom