Monthly Archives: July 2016

Scenes from a flight: Cheese Nips, peanuts and clouds – and that woman in the bathroom.

LADIES AND GENTELMEN, the captain said, if you’ll look out your window, you’ll see that there’s a thousand miles of thunderstorms over New Mexico and Arizona. This was not long after we had left the Las Vegas airport, which has … Continue reading

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My nightmares

LISTENING TO young Karla Ortíz addressing the DNC, talking about her fears that any day her immigrant parents might be deported, brought back some painful memories from my childhood. I had those fears. Not every day, but there were enough of … Continue reading

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On languages, culture and civilization – and a genuine apology

THE CLAIM BY Iowa GOP Congressman Stephen King the other day that white people – or people from the United States and Western Europe – are the only ones who have made a contribution to civilization reminds me of a … Continue reading

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Once a migrant worker …

THE GREAT López-Palomo Family Reunion is now history. I am sorry that circumstances prevented my sister Mariana, and others, from attending. The gathering was a huge success but it would have been so much better to have them there among the … Continue reading

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A Girl of Status: youthful fantasies

ON THE FLIGHT from Phoenix to San Jose, a young slender girl with straight long brown hair, sandals and tattered jeans, sits across the aisle from me, next to her younger sister and her mother. The girl reads a little … Continue reading

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How Juana met Juan

SHE CAME TO my table as I was draining the last deep red drops from my glass after having eaten a tuna sandwich that tasted so good following a day of very little to eat.  Buenas tardes, I said, as … Continue reading

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Americans are perfecting the grieving game

Public displays of mourning have become our national pastime. Action to end hatred and violence? Not so much.
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