Tributo A La Reina Del Tex-Mex: Selena Quintanilla Perez

It’s hard to believe that 16 years have gone by since the one and only Selena Quintanilla Perez passed away.  I still remember finding out the news from my dad.  He picked us up from high school – my younger brother and I – and told us the news as […]

My Anti-Presentimiento Remedio-Ritual

It’s an awful feeling, right there in the pit of your stomach, twisting and turning, telling you “something is wrong, something bad is about to happen,” although you haven’t a clue what, or two whom. Nothing is worse! You want to do something, stop something, or at the very least […]

Pickles, Calletana And The Coyote

My uncle had a friend whose name was Calletana.  She was short and dark with medium length hair, black, with a wave right at the spot where it ran into her shoulders, straight, but kind of crazy at the same time.  The rest of her features, just as feminine and […]

El Que Quiere Puede: The Myth Of Education Only For Some

So boy, don’t you turn back. / Don’t you set down on the steps / ‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. / Don’t you fall now — / For I’se still goin’, honey, / I’se still climbin’, / And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.   – Mother to […]

Spanglish: Ya No Sólo For The Chicanos

Last night Latinos in Social Media, the largest organization of social media professionals of Hispanic origin – it’s a mouthful I know, but the hashtag on Twitter is much shorter, #latism – hosted one of the most interesting conversations about Spanglish and the Spanish language that I’d ever taken part […]