Lessons from my father: ¡Con Cuidado!

It’s in the little things I see my father in me. It’s the little things about him I miss the most too. The way he used to smile with his eyes. The power in his carcajada. The things he used to say to me then when I would take them for […]

What’s in a Latino nickname? Lluni!

Today is my youngest brother’s birthday, and of course, that has me contemplating the nickname we grew up calling him: Lluni. His real name is Moises, after my father, and technically we should have been calling him Junior all along. For some reason though since as long as I can […]

Takeaways from Voto Latino’s 2016 Power Summit

So really lots to be said about Voto Latino’s 2016 Power Summit which we were just at this past week. I’ll start with the young people (mostly Latino college students) who were there to learn, but who also had a great deal to teach us all. I was so inspired […]

Just How Latino are Your Birthday Celebrations?

Just How Latino are Your Birthday Celebrations?

As a mother of three I’ve had my share of kid’s birthday parties over the years, from planning them to attending them.  I’ve handcrafted personalized invitations, and now even use networking sites like Facebook to send out virtual invitations to my guests.  What I hadn’t done until recently was take […]

El Ruido De Tus Zapatos

I don’t know that I fully understand the letra  to this song, but I have been singing it pretty regularly in the car. The video is even more confusing. I suppose it’s a love story or love triangle of sorts… pero como que no me cuadra.   The group singing it is La […]

Being honest with oneself is not always easy

My mother used to say el sol no se tapa con un dedo. In the case of Latino families, I think doing so is even more complicated. We’re used to being in each other’s business. Familia can sometimes mean snooping around to get to the bottom of things, asking too […]

Beauty in the simple things

This weekend I had one mission.  To spend downtime enjoying the absolute charm of doing nothing, and dedicating some effort to experiencing the world again without so much reliance on my phone or the Internet to stay abreast of “what’s going on right now.”  Then my Internet literally crashed and […]