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Modesty Above All Else Means Saying No In Order To Say Yes

¡¿Pero para que van a gastar tanto dinero?! Pero si aquí hay comida. Acabo de poner un arroz y frijoles. Nombre van a gastar bastante y a mi ni me gusta la comida en esos restaurantes.   El arroz siempre esta bien seco. ¿Para que vamos a comer arroz seco? […]

My Mamá Is Gangsta: Sending Tamales Via USPS!

I wouldn’t normally say this about my mother, much less in front of her, as she would either: a) be insulted by the use of the word “gangster” to describe her, even if it is in slang form and very loosely used; or b) kind of confused and probably insulted […]

The Story of How My Mother Hot-Wired Our Car!

The pain is still unforgettable today.  The rest of the details – nevermind how hilarious – until this weekend, at least for me, were pretty much forgotten.  Now if you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail so severe it made you hobble over to the doctor for an outpatient foot operation […]

Lessons From My Mother

My mother has always been a strong woman.  Much stronger than any of us could have ever imagined, I think.  She was the one who crossed the Rio Bravo with a child on each arm, my brother Chuy in one, me on the other, sitting on nothing more than a […]