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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 […]




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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 […]




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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 […]




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Juan Man’s Trash…

Juan Man’s Trash…

Why do I love junk so much?




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Aye, Jesus!

Aye, Jesus!

Every year around this time I give more thought than usual to the first and middle names of two of my brothers – Jesús “Jesse” Manuel and Jorge “George” Valentín. As you may have guessed, they were born on Christmas and Valentine’s Day. George’s first name would have been Valentín if it hadn’t been for […]




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A Pocho resolve

A Pocho resolve

First, let me begin by vowing that this year, I will take down the Christmas decorations before Easter Sunday. Following are just a few of the things I hope to do in 2009. I’ve broken them down in categories for you. Here’s hoping they don’t break me. Eating right More lite and healthy, less heavy […]




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Keen on words…

Keen on words…

Sí, we can!




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