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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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Del Alma: Pa’ que worry?
December 16, 2012 – 3:19 pm | 3 Comments
Del Alma: Pa’ que worry?

La nena started to cry about a “what if” the other day.
“Please, don’t waste time wondering and worrying,’’ I told her. “You don’t know what is going to happen, yet.”
And, then my words bit me …

Making Tortillas, Passing on Cultura
September 13, 2012 – 8:36 am | 6 Comments
Making Tortillas, Passing on Cultura

I was walking into the grocery for a quick stop when I whipped myself around so fast, I am lucky I didn’t trip on the work tacones.
“Cubanos!” I basically yelled at the two men who …

Lessons from My Papi
June 16, 2012 – 1:01 am | 2 Comments
Lessons from My Papi

My father being 100% himself, playing with my daughter two years ago.
My father is spending Father’s Day in Cuba.
He, two sisters who live in the United States, and two sisters who live in Cuba are …

Surprise! You Can Survive The Storms
March 5, 2012 – 1:00 am | 8 Comments
Surprise! You Can Survive The Storms

Weathering the Tough Stuff
Two years ago, we surprised our daughter with an 8-week-old puppy.
Two days ago (as I write this), my family got surprised by an F1 tornado that slammed into an area close to …

del alma: On Amigas
February 6, 2012 – 1:00 am | 3 Comments
del alma: On Amigas

dicho: “Amistades que son ciertas, mantienens la puertas abiertas.”
I got a text the other day from my best friend from grade school. We hung together tightly from the 4th grade to the 10th. Our day-to-day …

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 …

Hispanic Holiday Celebrations: Loud and De Familia
December 14, 2011 – 10:17 am | 10 Comments
Hispanic Holiday Celebrations: Loud and De Familia

There are just three of us at home most of the time.
The dog barks a lot, and the cat is a pushy meower, but mostly it is like Silent Night around here all year long.
The …

It’s About Being Present, not Presents
December 1, 2011 – 1:00 am | 13 Comments
It’s About Being Present, not Presents

Navigating the Holidays
I tried to Cyber shop. I really did.
I hid away in my office on Black Friday and scrolled through pages and pages of Amazing One Day Only Deals!
And then on Cyber Monday, I …

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 …

Expressing Daily Gratitude
November 2, 2011 – 6:56 am | 11 Comments
Expressing Daily Gratitude

I always tell my daughter I am grateful to be her mother.
Over and over and over again.
And, I always tell her it was to my extreme joy she was born the week of Thanksgiving, my …