Re-Adjusting: Resurrection and Transformation

If you have ever experienced the death (or loss) of a loved one, you know that your life becomes a series of firsts. First birthday without them, first holiday, first year, and so on. So here I am in my first month without him. These last 30-days have been a slow drip through the surreal….

#ThanksgivingWithMexicanFamilies

This year, I will be keeping it low key, soaking in the time off from work, and having a simple Vegan Thanksgiving meal. Not because I “celebrate” Thanksgiving, but because I like food. As I scrolled through the #ThanksgivingWithMexicanFamilies tweets, I began to long for “once-upon-a-time”, when my childhood home was filled with so much…

Anzaldúa, Coyolxahqui , and Dorothy: Homecoming and Re-Membering

Earlier this month I attended a conference titled: “The Feminist Architecture of Gloria Anzaldúa: New Translations, Crossings and Pedagogies in Anzaldúan Thought”. Although I only could attend half of day 2, it felt like an intense, and deeply rooted homecoming. I first became familiar with Gloria Anzaldúa’s  work in 1996, when I was an undergraduate student at The…

Hey Baby ¿Que Paso? Reflections of a Linguistic Contortionist

Video: Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English “Sometimes I don’t speak right, but yet I know what I’m talking about.” ~ WAR I have a visceral reaction when people correct what I say. Sometimes, I use the wrong tense, or wrong word altogether, when I am speaking. Sometimes, I can’t seem to find the…

Will I Hate My Body or Love My Body?

I attended an event last night that excited and empowered me like very few events have. Jes Baker (creator of The Militant Baker blog and many other amazing things) gave a talk at Curvy Girl Lingerie in San Jose, CA. Her presentation wasn’t just on body acceptance or loving yourself. Her talk, “Change Your World…

Tamale Power

My family has gone through many challenges over the years, and this year proved to be quite intense. Two of my brothers passed away (one in May, the other in August), after battling cancer. As these things go, each member of my family is dealing with these loses in their own ways. Like many men,…

Vegan Tamales

It’s hard for me to say what a traditional Mexican Christmas is. Time and regions offer a lot of diverse experiences. My father grew up in Juarez in the 1930’s, so his experience of Christmas was one in which he remembers being overjoyed at being given an orange, peanuts, a tamal, and atole (champurrado) on…

Meeting Jaime Hernandez

For the past 24 years, the work of Jaime Hernandez has been a source of comfort for me. As a chunky Chicana punk-rocker in the primarily Mexican town of Salinas, I found it very easy to identify with Maggie and the Hoppers neighborhood that was home to so many of his characters. Looking back, it…

“La Mission”: Lowriders, Clint Eastwood, and Acceptance

Friday night was the premier of “La Mission” in Santa Cruz and I was so excited to see this new film directed by Peter Bratt. I had seen Peter’s film “Follow Me Home” which was impressive and powerful. I see Peter as a director who makes films that have powerful messages and when it comes…