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Parental Doubts: Raising Bilingual Kids

Before parents are actually parents, there are certain certainties that we know. Some parents know their kids will be vegetarian because of their own lifestyle. Some parents know that their kids will go to private school. Me? I knew that I was going to raise bilingual kids. Born to Cuban parents and having been bilingual myself, there were a number of good reasons. There were personal reasons like wanting my kids to speak to our relatives in their native language. There were...

Feel the Bern

Why We Should All Be Talking About Voting for Bernie Sanders

I’m not a political person, I swear. If you’ve read my blog, I typically write about parenting and travel. I’m not a Republican nor am I a Democrat. I don’t like that I can’t vote in the primaries unless I choose a side because I don’t consider myself one or the other. I don’t understand the difference between superdelegates and amazeballdelegates. And don’t normal delegates feel bad that they’re not super? I thought pundits were a square used by biologists to determine the probability...

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Visiting Aldeas Infantiles Orphanage: Finding Real Christmas Spirit

Husband and I have known since year one in DR that we wanted to take our kids to the yearly Aldeas Infantiles orphanage Christmas visit organized by the middle school National Junior Honor Society. It became even more possible, last year, when Husband became the advisor for NJHS* and actually do-able this year, now that our kids were older. Find more information about Aldeas Infantiles SOS.*      Pulling into the orphanage for a Christmas visit would have been special enough. Some...

In Your Backyard Project

In Your Backyard Project: Because Screw You, Evil

We are so engulfed in fear and violence that we are allowing ourselves to be manipulated to believe that some lives matter and others… not as much. We are allowing an imposter, a well-intentioned but misled Good, to take the wheel and barrel down anyone who is in the way of our search for Evil, all the while Evil smiling because when we stoop to Evil’s level we become Evil ourselves, no matter how good our intentions. This isn’t a statement about Syria or Paris...

virtual lives of Facebook

Road to an Imperfect Life: Week 12 – A Micro Moment of Normal #itsarevolutionbitches

When I first started this series, I set out to show a more imperfect me, one that hardly shows up in the virtual world. I mean, be real, how many of us take bad photos and say “That’s my new profile pic!” I tried to explain how our Facebook virtual lives often create a representative for our true selves. Those representatives then choose our best picture as our Facebook profile pic which becomes the face that our Facebook friends know. Our...

I Am

I Am

Sometime in the beginning decades of the 20th century, The Times invited several esteemed authors and writers to write essays on the theme What is wrong with the world today? An influential author of the time, G.K. Chesterton, quite simply responded: Dear Sirs, I am. I learned this in this documentary that Husband and I watched. Directed by Tom Shadyac, director of comedic movies like Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty, he uses occasional humor to deliver an age old message: We are all connected  ....

write free

Write Free (Inspired by Yoani Sánchez)

A few years ago, at a friend’s picturesque home, my least favorite type of conversation sparked… a political one laced with the idealogical views of a mystical Cuba. I have had enough conversations with far too many people who have gathered their information on Cuba’s utopian possibility from fanciful movies or hopeful and limited news reports to know that this conversation would go nowhere. Because the truth is that you could only really know what it means to live in...

Newtown Connecticut Shooting

Right to Bear Arms: The Newtown Connecticut Shooting

Watching the news on any given day can make me a bit sick to my stomach. I guess when I stop to think about it, it’s not the news’ fault that all they report is the bad stuff that’s happening in the world. After all, they couldn’t report it if it wasn’t happening. But today, when I sat in my family’s home with my 2 nephews and daughter – all under 5 years old – and watched the breaking news report...

Frankenstorm

Frankenstorm: A Lesson We Can Learn From?

My mom since I was little has always said whenever we are at the beach, “Tengo mucho respeto al mar.” Which means, “I have [she] a lot of respect for the ocean.” I have always understood her position of respecting the ocean since I’ve always been a bit of a chicken shit when it comes to all of Mother Nature and her undeniable, unstoppable forces. Anything that much stronger than me, anything that can toss a 168-foot tanker aside in the same...

i want results

Make **it Happen

“Did you watch the presidential debate last night?” My non-politico mom nonchalantly asked me. We are not what you would call a “political” family so her asking me really just is for small talk and not meaningful discourse . “Debate?” I wondered for a moment like that of a woman with a busy day and a baby. “Oh yeah. Was that on last night?” My mom giggled, “You probably don’t really care anymore,” she pointed out, eluding to the fact...