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About juanzqui7

Former Texas reporter, columnist and editorial writer.

On ‘Mal de Ojo,’ Human Touch & Erecting Walls

I wrote this piece in 1998 for The Salt Journal, a short-lived magazine founded by my good friend David Barton, a damn good writer (and son of my longtime mentor and friend Bob Barton, Jr.). David had a vision of … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of the GOP

A few days ago, I posted this on FaceBook:  “Sad to read the obituary today of one of my favorite journalists, Richard Reeves. He wrote for a number of publications, including the New York Times and Esquire. He was a … Continue reading

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Concentration camps, context and feigned outrage

RIGHT-WING NUTS (there’s a redundancy there, I know) are going bonkers over U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the term “concentration camps” in reference to the Trump administration’s camps for undocumented immigrants. An insult to the millions who were murdered … Continue reading

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On Being a Minority Columnist

A little more than halfway through my first year as a columnist for The Houston Post, I was asked to speak to a local Latino organization. I don’t remember which group it was. In fact, I’d forgotten about the speech … Continue reading

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Recipe for Calabacita (Zucchini-or-Other-Green-Summer-Squash-Squash Casserole)

SOME PEOPLE call this dish Calabacitas, but I grew up using the singular version of the name. Really, the name matters little. It’s about the ingredients and how you cook them. The name, of course, is the diminutive form of … Continue reading

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Poem: Las Virgenes

To commemorate National Poetry month, here is the last of the four poems published in the Fall 2018 issue of Fifth Wednesday Journal. Las Virgenes Las Vírgenes La Virgen de San Juan del Vallewas my madrina.  She baptized me. Juan Diego … Continue reading

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Poem: María Félix Gave Me Mal de Ojo

To commemorate National Poetry Month, here is the third of four of my poems published in the Fall 2018 issue of Fifth Wednesday Journal. This is one in a series of poems about my childhood neighborhood in which I write … Continue reading

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Another poem

TO COMMEMORATE National Poetry Month, I am posting the second of four of my poems published in the Fall 2018 issue of “Fifth Wednesday Journal.” Impermanence We rode north each May, straight  through Texas and the prairies of Oklahoma,  Kansas, … Continue reading

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A poem

IN HONOR OF National Poetry Month, I am posting the first of my four most recently published poems. They appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of “Fifth Wednesday Journal.” Enjoy. Or not. Al Norte It’s early spring / and I’ll … Continue reading

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Let me tell you about Fina, my sister

MY BROTHER Alejandro put it best: Ya comenzó a desgranarce la mazorca (the cob has begun to shed its kernels). He was talking about the significance of the death last Sunday of my sister, Delfina García, in her California home. … Continue reading

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