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 Pocho

Pocho gets his ‘chi’ back

Pocho gets his ‘chi’ back

When we were little, it really wasn’t cool to be a neat freak. At least for boys it wasn’t. Many of us weren’t taught at a young age to be organized little dudes. It’s not like we had health, social studies and then a class on organizational skills. Today, cable channels are filled with makeover […]

 Lola

Off to the market with Tía Cuca

Off to the market with Tía Cuca

Hola, Tía Cuca. It’s Lola, I’ve been thinking a lot about the nation’s economy. Sí, sí, things are bad. But, as you know, I just earned my MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. I’m not kidding! It took me seven years to do it, and I almost drove my pobrecito viejo Alberto crazy, […]

 Pocho

Up on the sun

Up on the sun

Whenever I complain about the heat I always think of people who toil in it, roofers, landscapers, and others who stand toe-to-toe with everything the sun can throw at them. I tried it once, the summer after graduating from high school. My friend Harvey and I stayed up all night wondering what would become of […]

 Lola

Picture this: Looking tonta on photo radar

Picture this: Looking tonta on photo radar

Hola, Photo Radar Paparazzi. It’s Lola. I won’t bother to leave you my last name. Why should I? You already have my license plate number, my mailing address, and at least three very unflattering picture of me looking totally tonta. It’s times like these when I wished I’d followed my dear madrecita’s advice and studied […]

 Pocho

Wait a Minute Man!

Wait a Minute Man!

There is hate in the air, or so it seems. As each day passes, and with no real immigration reform to speak of, Arizona is quickly becoming a hotbed for fear and loathing of the color brown. People are bolstered in the chaos to show their true colors. The situation is only going to get […]

 Lola

On César Chavez, looking the part, and housewives desperadas

On César Chavez, looking the part, and housewives <em>desperadas</em>

Hola, Eva… soy Lola. Remember? I met you at the César Chávez Foundation dinner here in Phoenix last month. I just wanted to congratulate you, one more time, on receiving the award. You said not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great. You are both… Anyway, Eva, that dress you were wearing was […]

 Pocho

Acting on a dream

Acting on a dream

This is a Mother’s Day story, one about a young girl from Mexico whose dreams of an education slipped through her small, calloused fingers. It begins in Juárez where Rodriga Cortez was pulled from her sixth-grade class so that she could clean houses across the border in El Paso. She put away her textbooks and […]

 Lola

Terry, gracias for the ayuda; don’t stop now

Terry, gracias for the ayuda; don’t stop now

Hello Terry. It’s Lola calling. I have been dying to congratulate you since I heard the news. Aye, but life gets so busy. I’ve had your office on the top of my to-call list for weeks. Call the Attorney General’s office. Call Terry Goddard today. Pues, tu sabes how it goes. You’re a busy man […]

 Pocho

What’s green and brown and good for the environment?

What’s green and brown and good for the environment?

I once had an idea for a public service announcement to promote carpooling. It would begin with a 1964 Impala lowered to the ground pulling up to a beautiful house in the suburbs where a professionally dressed woman clutching her briefcase is waiting at the curb. She hurriedly gets in the back seat and is […]

 Lola

Stimulus is needed for our sense of ethics as well

Stimulus is needed for our sense of ethics as well

Mr. President? I know you will probably never listen to this voice mail, but I choose to believe you will. And that together we are better and that YES WE CAN! So help me out here. You graced us with your visit last month … now what? Have your aides told you that people are […]