David Bowie's Requiem

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I remember the day my father came home with David Bowie’s LP ‘Let’s Dance’. It was probably Saturday or Sunday, because my whole family started dancing as soon as he played it on the stereo. My mother, whose English was quite deficient, clapped her hands to the sound of the music and sang ‘Less dans!’... Read more »

Spirit Airlines: Where Less is Less

Spirit Airlines: Where Less is Less
A few weeks ago I was invited by my former boss to visit Houston, Texas to discuss the possibility of going back to work for her. I told her that  I’d be happy to fly down there as long as the company paid for my ticket. I was instructed to forward the reservation and the travel agency would take care... Read more »

Nelson Mandela: His Name Was “Troublemaker”

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela and the details of his life roll in through every media outlet, I am struck mostly by a little known fact: his given name was Rolihlahla, which in Xhosa means “Troublemaker”. Nomen est omen. Your name is your destiny. When Mandela was freed from prison and I heard the... Read more »

The Cure at Lollapalooza

  Watch the QBrothers rapping “I’m a Wolverine”…here: Wolverine at Lollapalooza I love music. I’m about 10.25% Cuban, so that might explain why every time I hear a tune with any sort of rhythm, my body starts shaking -almost involuntarily- as if I were having a mild seizure. This has never been an issue when... Read more »

What’s In a Name Such as North West?

  “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet”. ~ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet After three days of media speculation about the name of Kim and Kanye’s baby girl, the duo made it official: North West. Where?! What?! I couldn’t help thinking of the... Read more »

About Mothers and Trees

I woke up this morning to a beautiful gift from Mother Nature: my crab-apple tree stood outside my kitchen window in full bloom. It made me smile, not only for its beauty, but because today is Mother’s Day in Mexico and my husband had warned me that, after living in the USA for 20 years,... Read more »

Jason Collins is Gay. Jason Who?

The first day of First Grade in elementary school is one that I remember vividly. Not because I was the new kid in school that spoke no English and I was wearing a hideous light blue kiddie leisure suit that my mom forced me to put on, but because I met an amazing individual who for... Read more »

Boston Will Endure

A couple of years ago, my sister invited me to go to Boston. I had always wanted to go there because of my unhealthy obsession with the Kennedys and also, because one of my favorite movies is Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed”, a magnificent story about good vs. evil. Marty had to win the Oscar! I... Read more »

Pope-A-Licious! I Am A Sinner And So Are You

When I was in the second grade, one of the nuns at the school I attended died. Sister Esthela, my teacher, thought it would be a great idea to take a bunch of 7-year -olds to the convent to pray for her soul. She marched us up the hill—where the convent sat quietly overlooking the school— and into... Read more »

Why Naomi Watts Won't Win the Oscar

In 1992 I ran into Michael Jordan at the now foreclosed Lakeshore Athletic Club. He was doing bicep curls. I guess he was used to seeing paralyzed people in front of him, so he didn’t flinch as I stood there; he just kept doing his thing. The only thing I could think of in my dreamlike... Read more »