poetry

How Hiking Clears The Mind For Poetry

The urge to lace up my hiking shoes, tight, to explore, to rid myself of unbalance drove me to the hills. During the hike my mind cleared and I thought of poetry. I usually keep a small notebook with me and jotted some lines down whenever I took a break. After the hike, I felt… Continue reading How Hiking Clears The Mind For Poetry

Art, Family, Latino culture, Latino Family Traditions, Writing

The Ortega Adobe – A House of Dreams

A couple of months ago I wrote about Ekphrasic Poetry. There is also such a thing as creating a story from a photograph, or Ekphrasic Prose. This story is based on a painting housed in our county library. The Ortega Adobe is a California landmark that still stands 160 years after it was built. ¬†… Continue reading The Ortega Adobe – A House of Dreams

Family, Latino culture, Stories, Strong Women

An Expert Interview About Mom’s Amazing Oranges

Most Sundays I visit my mother. When you spend time with your parents or elders you never know what story they're going to share. Mom came into the kitchen from the backyard holding what I thought was a grapefruit. "From my tree," her smile and voice triumphant. She opened her hands and a boulder of… Continue reading An Expert Interview About Mom’s Amazing Oranges