Pale is the New Tan

    April 16, 2018

    Mom warned me. Even her mother, my Nana, warned me. But I didn’t care, nor did I listen. “Stay out of the sun,” they would say. “Don’t lay out. Always wear your sunscreen, no matter what. If you go outside, wear a hat.” What insecure, pale-skinned teenager is going to listen to that? Not me. I was too desperate. I wanted to look like my olive-complected siblings. I wanted the color of my skin to match my hispanic last name…

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  • Be Patient

    It was supposed to be fun. It was supposed get me away from watching TV all day long. It was  supposed to bring out the creative side in me and it was supposed to be…

    January 28, 2018
  • “Tidy Up”

      “Your room looks like a pigsty. Get in there and clean it up!” As I stood in the midst of my own adult chaotic mess, I couldn’t help but hear the echo of…

    November 30, 2017
  • Epic Fails, Faith, and The H-bomb

    There was so much more to my second grade year than just reading, writing and arithmetic. Back in the seventies, we non-parochial  students who were Catholic had the option to attend weekly after-school Catechism…

    October 8, 2017
  • Faith and a Tube of Lipstick

    Don’t Cry

    “Don’t cry. I’m still here.” I was only twelve years old when those words rolled off my tongue. I didn’t know what else to say, what else to do. It had only been a…

    August 30, 2017
  • I Have To Tell You Something

    “I have to tell you something.” Back in the day, hearing these words would’ve sent my mind into overdrive. I’d break into full-on gypsy mode, gazing desperately into the crystal ball of my mind…

    July 17, 2017
  • Mindfulness

    I can’t help it. I’ve got mindfulness on the brain. It’s been that way since I took the plunge a few weeks ago with my first speaking gig for Nurse’s Week. The topic was…

    May 30, 2017