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Black Velvet
December 16, 2012 – 3:09 pm | 17 Comments

Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
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The Queen of The Short Story
November 4, 2012 – 5:33 pm | 15 Comments
The Queen of The Short Story

For years, I sat on the floor in front of my Abuela as she curled my dark hair around her fingers in the shape of ringlets, and told me story after story. Hours and hours …

Tus Manos, a Poem for Valentine’s Day (Video)
February 14, 2012 – 7:21 am | No Comment
Tus Manos, a Poem for Valentine’s Day (Video)

A Love Poem by Pablo Neruda

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On this Valentine’s, listen to the beautiful reading of Pablo Neruda’s Tus Manos, words of passion, love and gratitude. The reading …

Worthy of Love
January 25, 2012 – 1:00 am | 12 Comments
Worthy of Love

Wrong Men, Wrong Choices
by Sujeiry Gonzalez
Once upon a time there was a girl in her 20s who loved the wrong men.
The men she longed for were never available. Not emotionally or otherwise.
But they were fine.
Donning …

Share Your Story
January 23, 2012 – 1:00 am | 27 Comments
Share Your Story

Keeping the Resolution to Connect
On most evenings before tuck-in now in 2012, my daughter and I sit on her bed, open a fat, blank book and list our “Gratitude and Goals.”
Simple gratitude for the day …

¡Basta Ya! Stop Breaking Resolutions
December 29, 2011 – 9:18 am | 2 Comments
¡Basta Ya! Stop Breaking Resolutions

Reach Your Goals in 2012
Are you sick, and totally cansada, of watching the years go by and you’re still wishing, wanting, struggling, hoping, over the same things? The same things you’ve wanted to change or …

Missing My Primos During Thanksgiving
November 15, 2011 – 1:00 am | 13 Comments
Missing My Primos During Thanksgiving

I am missing my primos.
It happens every Thanksgiving.
As I prepare my family’s feast, I get flooded with memories of us — in our good clothes, light sweaters and doused in violetas cologne — playing at …

del alma: Meet, and Quiet, Your Inner Critic
September 15, 2011 – 1:00 am | 22 Comments
del alma: Meet, and Quiet, Your Inner Critic

I had a wonderful and enlightening conversation with the writer and writing coach Charlotte Rains Dixon this summer.
I had turned to her for inspiration, and for encouragement, on finishing my novel, a fictional story I’ve …

Tech-Free Day. Need Do-Over
August 31, 2011 – 4:30 am | 39 Comments
Tech-Free Day. Need Do-Over

I attempted to go without technology yesterday.
It was easier to give up sugar, wine and chocolate for two weeks. I never once caved for a craving then.
But, yesterday I didn’t make it past Step 1: …

Bloom Where You Are Planted
May 25, 2011 – 8:28 am | 5 Comments
Bloom Where You Are Planted

“Bloom where you are planted”
A flower, blooming in what looks to be an impossible place — a crack in a sidewalk — is a pretty good metaphor for us to ponder during this season of …

Who is on Your Short List?
February 23, 2011 – 7:12 am | 3 Comments
Who is on Your Short List?

Find a small piece of paper, maybe 2 x 2 inches at most.
Now, write down the names of the people whose opinion matter most to you. The very, very most.
This is your short list, the …