THE GHOST OF CHRISTMASES PAST

Last night I heard the first of July fireworks through our bedroom window.  I felt a little left out, like Cinderella leaving the ball early, losing her glass slipper in her hurry.  It reminded me of all the Dominion Day celebrations of my childhood - of being left out.  I was that child, face pressed against the window, outside looking in....more

"Don't Tell Anyone" documentary: What it means to NOT be afraid

At first sight, Angy Rivera seems like your average American college student juggling classes, internships, extra curricular activities and a social life. Going about her day in New York City one might never suspect the impact this young activist is causing in her community....more

Mid-Week Doldrums

This & ThatHo-Hum, it's Wednesday.  I think the reason they call it "Hump Day" is because it is so hard getting up to finish the day.  Then the rest of the week is full steam ahead!  Didn't get much accomplished today, unless you consider cruising the internet and watching a Lifetime Movie productive!  ha haIn The News...more

The American Dream: Do Immigrants Have A Say?

We were sitting in People’s Park off Kirkwood, which is one of the main student drags. I was with 3 other girls for our summer weekly Book Nosh, and we were about to dig into some of the characters of CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce. Everyone was slurping up some iced coffee drinks and other summery liquid confections, and in a wonderful mood, I think, with the air cooling down, the sun slowly setting though it was still quite light out. And then 2 young men walked up and asked out of the blue:Can we ask you a question? What do you think about the American Dream?...more
So true, that the "American Dream" is so usually referred to only in sarcasm or as a punchline. ...more

Fibber's Festival

The more a lie is repeated, and the more adamant are those spreading it that it is truth...the more likely is it to be accepted as the truth. This statement is of uncertain origins, but it needs to be in our minds when we read the paper, watch news or opinions on TV, and especially when internet “factoids” come our way. We are heading into a fibber’s festival as the presidential primaries begin next month. What is the source for the statement that the wealthy are the job creators? We have a huge number of wealthy individuals right now, so we should have a huge number of jobs being created....more

"Warsaw Hearts New York" But Does America Heart Warsaw?

I really have never read an article before and decided to write about it until today.  Actually, the article itself I had no issues with.  It was short, informative, and accurate.  Decent reporting.  I am referring to the article by Fox News (shared by a friend) called Warsaw Hearts New York; Poles Hope for Visa Waiver to Shop Fifth Avenue.   What was called to my attention and which frankly disturbed me was the comments...more

We welcome all visitors to the US and New York. As a driver, I welcome the opportuntity greet ...more

Meet the Immigrant Neighbors Circa '50s

Meet the Immigrant Neighbors Circa '50s I was raised with immigrants, first, second and third genera...more

How Do You Feel About Arizona's New Immigration Law?

A recent Arizona law allows Arizona police to question and to even arrest people about whom they have a "reasonable suspicion" regarding their immigration status. According to the New York Times: It requires police officers, “when practicable,” to detain people they reasonably suspect are in the country without authorization and to verify their status with federal officials, unless doing so would hinder an investigation or emergency medical treatment. The law also makes not carrying immigration papers a state crime —- a misdemeanor. In addition, it allows people to sue local government or agencies if they believe federal or state immigration law is not being enforced. ...more

My sister lived for 5 years in El Salvador and travelled throughout Latin America to places like ...more

Butter in the Well -- How the Journal of an Immigrant Pioneer Touched Me

I traveled recently to a conference in Kansas. Wichita, to be exact. There are some reasons why I don't like traveling, but one of the reasons I do like traveling is that it gives me several hours of uninterrupted time to read. I absolutely love to read, and don't often get that time where I can spend hours on end with a book. But with airport wait-time and all day plane rides, I definitely get enough time to settle in with a good book. ...more
@LindaHubalek That should be my books "Butter in the Well" and "Prarieblomman"...now I see typos!more

Half Her Life Vanished

Some time ago, I worked with a woman who was having difficulty finding employment. Though she had been in Canada for a number of years the work she had been doing here did not remotely resemble the skills she used in her former country. Her resume had been completed with the help of a school she attended for retraining but she didn't seem proud of this one page resume staring back at her. When I began to ask some questions about certain information buried in it I learned half her life had vanished....more