Archive for November 2015

How to fly without losing your mind... with kids, that is.

I clearly remember the first time I hopped on a plane. I was three, going on vacation with my parents to the south of Spain. I remember holding my white teddy bear, and drinking and orange soda. It must have been a big deal for me, because those are some of the first clear memories... Read more »

Racial profiling is not the answer to terrorism

The other day I was happily surprised when one of the universities where I work sent an e-mail asking professors and staff to be extra thoughtful of our Muslim students in the next few weeks, to make sure they know that they are welcomed, and accepted, and supported in our academic community. The memo was... Read more »

A little blunt piece of wisdom from a Disney movie

*This post was written during ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour for November 2015. During Blogapalooz we are given a prompt and we have one hour to post. This is today’s prompt: “Share your favorite quote (or quotes) — from a philosopher, author, comedian, politician, friend, family member, movie, whoever — and write in detail about why it resonates and... Read more »

Not letting terrorism win is in our hands

It has taken this foreigner a few days to be able to write about the terrorist attacks in Paris. At first, I tweeted and shared some pages and posts. And then I needed a break to think before writing about it. It was too raw. It was too soon. The truth is that the news... Read more »

Is every house a money pit?

Do you remember that old movie from the 80s, The Money Pit? The one with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long? In Spanish it was called “Esta casa es una ruina” (literally translated, “This house is a ruin”), and I used to love it as a kid. I haven’t watched it in ages, but I have... Read more »

We need to show that Chicago is not a heartless city

My Fridays are very busy. I have class, tutoring, office hours. When I go home I will have to rush one of my kids to therapy while someone else takes the other two to soccer. Then I have to think about dinner, read books, tuck kids in. But I won’t have to lay one of... Read more »

Did CNN really need to focus on the kids in the Metrojet Flight 9268?

I often tell myself that I shouldn’t watch the news, and just read them instead, as it is so much easier to not read something than to tune out the TV, radio, or podcast. But today, as I was grading, I started watching Anderson Cooper. And there it was. A video focusing on the children... Read more »

Unabridged Bookstore: 35 years of books, wisdom and warm smiles

To say that I am a bookworm doesn’t make my love for books any justice. They are my favorite object. In our house they are so well liked that we don’t move when we need more room for the kids, but rather when we don’t have anywhere to fit one more bookcase for our growing... Read more »