Light in the Darkness

Life’s biggest moment seem to happen on idle Tuesdays.  Or late Wednesday afternoons.  Or Friday nights on the brink of Saturday mornings.  Births.  Deaths.  Congratulatory emails.  Accidents.  Many of the moments that irrevocably change the course of our lives are not scheduled nor expected. Such was last Tuesday around lunchtime.  My mom received a callContinue reading “Light in the Darkness”

Coming to America

In October of 2006, Richard went on an accidental job interview.  I say accidental because he was on vacation at the time and had not been applying for jobs.  He distinctly remembers having to purchase work-appropriate pants since he had 12-hour notice that this interview would occur.  When he arrived at the office, they wereContinue reading “Coming to America”

Immigration 101

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” -Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” In response to a previous post, Roberta had asked about the realities and the challengesContinue reading “Immigration 101”

Hug-Tackles of God

Daniel, my baby-turned toddler, is a destructive force these days.  At 18 months, he is a study in superlatives – seeking the tallest slides, biggest toys and making the loudest sounds.  Lately, I have taken to thinking of him as Mr. All-In.  Like many new toddlers, he leaves a trail behind him of broken toys,Continue reading “Hug-Tackles of God”

A Nation of Immigrants

A family in my mom’s neighborhood has an outdoor whiteboard, where they share various critiques of the current administration.  They ended this campaign cycle by simply writing, “Biden-Harris.”  Of course, the board was vandalized and now “Trump” is spray-painted over said board. It is a perfect metaphor for the last four years.  So now, IContinue reading “A Nation of Immigrants”

All Hallows’ Eve

My in-laws are evangelical Christians who assume that Halloween is pagan and therefore is something to be rejected outright.  I tend to take a more nuanced perspective.  Christian feasts and traditions often integrated with pre-Christian or indigenous customs and traditions.  Día de los Muertos is a beautiful example of this for contemporary Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. Continue reading “All Hallows’ Eve”